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Domestic Abuse in Military Families Growing, ‘Systemic’

Experts say the widespread problem of domestic-partner abuse in American military households has deep-seeded roots, starting with the military's culture of violence.

Civil Liberties News Week Ending June 9

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc. @ Affirmative Action at high court @ Missouri drops adoption ban @ Kids can't authorize searches @ Gay marriage bans @ Senate might strip courts' powers

Consumer Advocates Challenge ‘Misuse’ of ‘Organic’ Label

In the latest skirmish over the meaning of the label "organic" as it is applied to food, small farmers and natural-food advocates are asking the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to impose a minimum pasture time for cows in organic dairies.

Media Activists Fight Clear Channel’s ‘Hate Radio’

Media activists launch campaign over offensive programming in an effort to push for more local control over radio stations.

City Government of Portland Suspects FBI Surveillance Attempt

Portland’s mayor says the FBI tried to infiltrate the city government in the latest sign of hostilities between government agents and local leaders.

Cheney’s Office Declares Exemption from Secrecy Oversight

Thickening the haze of secrecy surrounding the executive branch, the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney has declared itself exempt from a yearly requirement to report how it uses its power to classify secret information.

More children, teens prescribed antipsychotic drugs, study says

A study published today finds that doctors are using antipsychotic drugs to treat children and teens at a rapidly rising rate, often without evidence of any psychotic disorder. The majority of such prescriptions are for drugs that have not been approved for treating children and adolescents.

Environmentalists Urge Greater Right-Whale Protections

With a rare whale species dangerously close to extinction, the federal government is finally considering changing shipping routes, but environmentalists say the changes don’t go far enough.

Work News for Week Ending June 6

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ Minimum wage increases @ Calif. SEIU may strike @ No free speech for workers @ Pilots agree to give-backs @ Activists protest Wal-Mart

Chlorine Plants Hidden Culprits in Mercury Contamination

Though most anti-mercury activism has focused on coal-burning power plants, a small corner of the chlorine industry may be responsible for an even greater share of contamination.

Frito-Lay to Make Slight Change in Olestra Label

In order to avoid a lawsuit from a consumer-interest group, Frito-Lay will tweak the labeling on its line of potato chips containing the controversial fat-substitute olestra.

Feds to Investigate E-waste Handling at Prisons

The Justice Department has finally agreed to open an investigation into health hazards surrounding electronics recycling programs in US prisons. The programs are run by the government-owned corporation UNICOR, which pays inmates substandard wages to break down computers containing toxic metals.

Judge Kills Move to Freeze FEMA Housing Fund Change

A federal judge has denied a request by lawyers working on behalf of people displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to stop the Federal Emergency Management Agency from cutting off housing aid to thousands still in need.

Truth Commission Blames Cops in ‘Greensboro Massacre’

An independent commission looking into the 1979 massacre of labor activists by white supremacists has put most of the blame on police for not acting to pre-empt the violence.

Judge Orders Govt. to Reassess Projects Affecting Salmon

In a victory for environmentalists fighting to save threatened salmon species that migrate on the Snake River in the Northwestern United States, a district judge ordered the federal government to reassess its dam and irrigation projects.

House Votes to Block EPA’s Toxin Rule Changes

Earlier this month the US House of Representatives voted to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from changing a program that forces companies to report certain types of pollution to the public.

Immigrants Face Retaliation for Asserting Workplace Rights

What might have been a simple back-wages dispute took on an uglier form when the employer retaliated against its undocumented immigrant worker.

Activists Fight for Basic Safe-sex Options for Prisoners

While the rate at which AIDS is spreading in prisons has actually decreased of late, it is still staggeringly high in some places, and advocates say improvements have too-rarely been the result of good policies.

Civil Liberties News Week Ending June 1

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc. @Conscientious Objector Sentenced @Wicca Gravestone Refused @"Gagged" Librarians Talk @AT&T Spy Evidence @Hawaiian Native Rights

Groups Challenge EPA’s ‘Industry friendly’ Pesticide Rules

Two recent actions by environmental health watchdogs foreshadow a showdown between corporations and public-interest advocates over the safety of toxins marketed as pesticides.

Work News for Week Ending May 30

Our weekly rundown of labor, money and business stories... @ Air-traffic controllers @ Laborers Union to leave AFL @ Machinists and NW Airlines @ Home Depot oversight push @ Congress on mine safety

Environmentalists Differ over ‘Better’ SUVs

As environmental activists zero in on SUVs as a major culprit in automobile pollution, the objective of doing away with the trucks has yielded to convincing their drivers to demand more fuel-efficient versions.

EPA Lags on Updating Beach Standards

Environmental advocates are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to revise outdated health standards for coastal recreation waters, which are often contaminated by sewage, fecal matter, oil spills and stormwater runoff.

Senate Immigration Bill Piles Costs on Citizen Hopefuls

As "compromise" legislation made its way past various obstacles, lawmakers tacked on amendments intended to make the bill harsher and harder to pass, and citizenship harder to achieve.

NY AIDS Tests Violate Privacy, Mis-direct Priorities, Activists Say

Civil libertarians and medical-privacy advocates are joining AIDS groups in pushing New York governments to alter controversial testing policies and refocus their priorities on stopping and caring for people with HIV.

Guantánamo Detainees in Limbo Because of Human Rights Concerns

The US has yet to let go almost 150 Guantánamo prisoners it has cleared for release, citing concern over their safety if they leave the US-military prison. But some prisoners say they would rather face an uncertain fate than their current conditions.

House Moves on ‘Net Neutrality’ Bill

Progressive consumer and media advocates are hailing a decision by the US House Judiciary Committee to use anti-trust laws against any Internet provider that favors content from some sources over others when passing information on to users.

Consumers, Garages Push for ‘Right to Repair’ Act

Big automakers continue their 5-year campaign to kill consumer rights legislation that would expose computer-chip codes and enable the little guy to compete with dealers in the car-repair market.

Civil Liberties News for Week Ending 5/25

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc. @ NOLA Prosecutions Suspended @ ACLU Pushes State Spy Probes @ Marriage Amendment Advances @ CIA Nominee Approved @ High Court Endorses Police Entry

Senate Solidifies Mixed Immigration Bill

The Senate is moving closer to passing legislation that would simultaneously crack down on illegal immigration and give the majority of undocumented immigrants a shot a legal residency.

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