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Scandal Recap: Throwback Thursday

It was definitely Throwback Thursday on Scandal because, through a series of Olivia’s flashbacks, we learn the origin story of the ring that Olivia threw at Fitz when she returned from hostage camp. On James and Cyrus’ wedding day, Fitz gave Olivia the ring, a family heirloom called “doux bébé,” which means “sweet baby.” He said that as long as she was wearing it, no matter how she felt about him, he would be OK, knowing she was out there. I guess that could be kind of sweet if he didn’t have another woman wearing an actual wedding ring or if he hadn’t also referred to Amanda Tanner, the former White House intern with whom Fitz had an affair in season 1, as “sweet baby,” but whatever. Olivia frantically searches for the ring that she stopped wearing and slipped it on

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Media Scolded for Covering Africa With Few, if Any, African Voices

150 Protest “60 Minutes” Pieces With No Blacks in View

Howard W. French, former New York Times correspondent covering West and Central Africa, author of two books on Africa and  an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, had already complained.

There’s a large literature of what’s meant by Africa w/out Africans,” French tweeted last Nov. 9. “Common examples come from journalism that quotes just diplomats + aid workers + foreign experts of one kind of another. Usually, they’ll throw in a quote from a taxi driver or an anonymous market worker to cover their, you know…

“Tonight’s example came from Lara Logan, of @60Minutes. She, being from South Africa, was the only African who spoke. I’d started to write tweets complaining 3-4 minutes in, but held fire, almost praying I was wrong, but the piece proceeded to the end with

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TSA to Conduct Anti-Discrimination Training to Avoid Hair-Based Racial Profiling

“I was going through the screening procedures, like we all do, and after I stepped out of the full-body scanner, the agent said, ‘OK, now I’m going to check your hair,’” Singleton recalled on Thursday.

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Can You Talk About a Workers’ Comp Claim on Facebook?

With Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we do not lack for forums to share all of our troubles and joys with the world. Got injured at work? Post it on Facebook or Twitter. The stream of well wishing comments and commiserations will make you feel better. Or will it?

People have been fired for discussing work online. Thirteen Virgin Atlantic crew members were fired for insulting passengers and criticizing the company’s sanitation and safety standards on Facebook. A California Pizza Kitchen server was fired for criticizing the company’s new uniforms on its corporate Twitter account. A young woman was fired for a twitter post before she even started working. Obviously,

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Fox Sues Record Company Over ‘Empire’ Name

When your TV show becomes a huge success, why does it seem like everyone wants to get their hands on it? Fox is not happy that someone is trying to lay claim to the title of its hit new series, “Empire.”

Fox is proactively suing Empire Distribution, Inc. to declare its rights to the title “Empire.” Fox took the proactive step after Empire Distribution, Inc., a California record company, sent a demand letter accusing the television company of trademark infringement and trademark dilution. In its first demand, Empire Distribution wanted $8 million. Not wanting to give in to Empire Distributions’ demands, Fox turned to the court asking for a declaratory judgment.

So, what’s a declaratory judgment, and who has the better claim?

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Bowe Bergdahl Charged; What is Desertion?

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As this is a military matter, Bergdahl will eventually be tried in military court rather than civilian court. Similar to how each state has its own set of criminal laws, members of the military are governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Military courts have exclusive authority over purely military matters such as mutiny, sedition, failure to obey an order, and insubordinate conduct. However, many military crimes are also civilian crimes, such as rape, robbery, assault, murder.

If a crime violates both military and state law, the accused may be tried in both military and state court. In this case, Bergdahl is accused of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, purely military matters. So, he will be tried in military court only.

At this time, Bergdahl’s case will go before a military tribunal,

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Recent case expands right to self-reprensentation in court


As an arbitrator, I have seen the difference a good lawyer makes in the outcome of a case.

But due to the increasingly high cost of lawyers, there has been a surge in individuals representing themselves in court pro se, which is Latin meaning “for oneself.”

According to the National Center for State Courts, in many states, such as California and Florida, over half of all family law matters involve at least one pro se party and over 90 percent of all prisoner petitions are filed pro se. Experts say that 75 percent of pro se litigants cannot afford to …

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Sam Olens is a national political player in the making



Sam Olens is a national political player in the making

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High-wire act: Gilded age law evades reform



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The Scaffold Law turns 130 years old in 2015. Backers of the law say it protects workers.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Ask Appeals Court for Its Hand in Video Leak Lawsuit

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Kim Kardashian is keeping up with the efforts to punish YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for posting Kanye West‘s marriage proposal to her. This week, a California appeals court signaled that it would advance the celebrity couple’s lawsuit.

Kardashian and West sued Hurley in 2013 after video of the marriage proposal popped up on MixBit, Hurley’s follow-up website to YouTube. The plaintiffs claim the posting of the footage violates the confidentiality agreement that Hurley signed to get access to the proposal party.

Read the complaint.

Hurley is on his second try to dismiss the lawsuit. He submitted a motion to strike

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