Monthly Archives: December 2012

Challenge to U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule fails







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Ohio loses workers’ comp lawsuit over group discounts


The state owes refunds to 270,000 businesses because of subsidies they paid to support premium discounts for employers in the agency's group rating program, a Cuyahoga County judge ruled.

The state owes refunds to 270,000 businesses because of subsidies they paid to support premium discounts for employers in the agency’s group rating program, a Cuyahoga County judge ruled.

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Happy new year for lawyers: Salaries expected to rise in 2013


Birmingham's legal professionals are expected to get a bump in pay in 2013.

Birmingham’s legal professionals are expected to get a bump in pay in 2013.


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What Was America’s 1st Black Town?

(The Root) Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 12: Where was the first black town in what is now the United States?

As the nation turns its attention to the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it’s worth noting that decades before the United States was even formed, African Americans lived free in a town of their own — at least for a while.

Sometime between March and November of 1738, Spanish settlers in Florida formed a town named Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, two miles to the north of St. Augustine. Initially, it consisted of 38 men, all fugitive slaves, “most of them married,” who had fled to Florida for sanctuary and freedom from enslavement in the Carolinas and Georgia. It came to be known as Fort Mose.

The enclave was the first line of defense between the Spanish settlers

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The Unfairness of Hair Politics

When meteorologist Rhonda Lee was fired in Louisiana for defending her short afro to a viewer, Huffington Post contributor Ava Thompson Greenwell writes, it wasn’t fair but it was a hallmark of our time. The natural-hair movement is snaking through America as more and more African-American women embrace their coils, but this is not the case on prime-time television when it comes to “looking professional.”

No matter what the hair texture, on-camera female journalists are scrutinized much more than men. I remember a male colleague once told me my outfit did not look flattering on the air. I don’t think he criticized any of our male colleagues’ clothing.

There is a politics about black women’s hair that cannot be denied and it is particularly salient in television news. When New York television news reporter Melba Tolliver came

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Report: Kanye Says Kim Is Pregnant

Global Grind is reporting that, according to tweets from the audience of Kanye West’s Revel Atlantic City show tonight, he’s announced that girlfriend Kim Kardashian is pregnant.

Tweets from Team Kanye Daily and Khloe Kardashian appear to confirm what could be the last big celebrity news of 2012.

Read more at Global Grind.

 

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Woman Behind NYC Subway Attack Arrested

On Saturday, the woman behind the subway attack of a New York City man was apprehended in Brooklyn. According to the Daily News, Erika Menendez, 31, laughed crazily when she was arrested and later charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in the death of Sunando Sen, whom she is accused of pushing off of a subway platform.

The pudgy Menendez was captured near Bedford Ave. and Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights after she was spotted by an eagle-eyed passer-by, who recognized her from the video and called 911. Wearing the same jacket, Menendez appeared disoriented and was asking for directions to the subway, sources said.

She was hauled off to the 112th Precinct stationhouse in Forest Hills. A witness who had been sitting next to her on the subway platform picked her out of a

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MHP: Behind Jet Magazine’s Jordan Davis Cover

Jordan Davis, shot in Florida in November, will be on the first 2013 cover of Jet magazine. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry spoke with Jet’s editor in chief about this choice, and how the magazine has long been a vehicle for civil rights journalism, beginning with the publication of controversial photos of Emmett Till’s disfigured corpse in 1955.

Watch Harris-Perry and Miller discuss the impact of Davis’ image on the cover:

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Obama Goes Hard on ‘Meet the Press’

(The Root) — Clearly frustrated with how his message on finding a fiscal cliff-averting compromise is being received by Congress, President Obama decided to take his message directly to the American people with a fiery appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. Taped on Saturday, December 29, and aired on Sunday, the appearance was particularly noteworthy because it was it was his first interview on the program in nearly three years.

With less than thirty-six hours to go before America officially goes over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” resulting in automatic, across-the-board program cuts and tax hikes that will affect most Americans, the President made the case that he has attempted time and again to compromise with the Republican-controlled House. (Click here to see how “fiscal cliff” talks most directly impact black Americans.) The message was loud and clear: If America goes over

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K&L Gates on winning side of $1.1B Carnegie Mellon patent verdict


Seattle-based KL Gates partner Douglas Greenswag helped lead the KL Gates team that represented Carnegie Mellon University.

Seattle-based KL Gates partner Douglas Greenswag helped lead the KL Gates team that represented Carnegie Mellon University.


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