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Homeless Dying with No Escape from Record Heat

With many shelters closed for the summer months, and those that remain open often providing no relief, people stuck out on the streets suffer one more exposed indignity.

South Central Farmers Lose Latest Court Fight

A judge has ruled in favor of the private developer who recently bulldozed the approximately 14-acre South Central Farm, which was thought to be the largest urban community garden in the United States.

Senate Votes to Curb Teen Abortion Access

The US Senate yesterday reinforced parental control over children’s reproductive rights by passing legislation to keep young women from traveling across state lines to obtain otherwise legal abortions.

New Land Rules Serve Ranchers, Hamper Conservationists

As limited as public input on land management in the American West may be, conservation activists say revised regulations and procedures will further muffle dissent while empowering cattle grazers and threaten wildlife.

Electronic Patient Data System Raises Privacy Concerns

To the chagrin of privacy advocates, the Bush administration is making moves toward creating a nationwide system of electronic medical records that that would allow access to a patient’s data anywhere, any time.

Bush Nomination for Mine Overseer Decried

The nation’s largest environmental group says the Bush administration is burying any hope of implementing better coal-mining policies after nominating an industry-friendly candidate to the federal agency charged with setting environmental standards for surface-mining operations.

‘Protection’ Act Would Strip Consumers of Credit Safeguards

The US House of Representatives is poised to consider a bill that would make it more difficult for consumers to protect their credit from identity thieves.

Work News for Week Ending July 24

Our weekly rundown of workers' rights, labor, workplace safety and related stories... @ Sago mine failures cited @ Mass. child labor laws @ Welfare 'reform' at 10 @ Frisco universal health @ DoE's health-safety office

Stem Cell Battle Gestates Outside the Beltway

With Capitol Hill awash in controversy over federal funding for stem-cell research, consumer advocates see more-obscure legal hurdles outside the beltway between researchers and pursuit of the new field of medical science.

‘Socially Responsible’ Index Drops Coke; Big Investor Follows

Activists pushing investors to drop shares of Coca Cola stock scored a victory Tuesday when a segment of the nation’s largest pension fund divested from the beverage giant.

Grassroots Gears Up as FCC Revisits Ownership Rules

Having forced government media regulators to rethink the relaxation of owner-concentration rules pushed through in 2003, reformers are wasting no time heading off another FCC attempt to facilitate media consolidation.

Civil Liberties News for Week Ending 7/20

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc... @ Chicago torture report @ Immigrants protest deportations @ Students spied on @ Missouri gay foster parents @ House protects Pledge

Treatment, Jail Pushers Clash over Cali. Drug Laws

Not satisfied with the results of a California law that allows drug-law violators to choose between treatment and punishment, state policymakers have passed a bill that will allow judges to temporarily imprison those who skip the former.

Seniors Begin Falling into Plan D Coverage Gap

A health-policy organization is warning that millions of seniors and people with disabilities will soon be hit with high out-of-pocket drug expenses under the new Medicare plan.

Specter Caves to White House Demands on NSA Bill

Constitutional law experts and civil rights advocates are slamming the latest legislative proposal from US Senator Arlen Specter to address the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.

As Predatory Lending Adapts to Weak Regulations, the Poor Pay

More than a decade after the enactment of federal legislation to protect communities preyed upon by deceptive home-loan schemes, disadvantaged families and their advocates say they are facing even more challenging terrain in laying the foundations of home ownership.

Investigators Catch Anti-abortion Centers Lying to Women

A congressional investigative report yesterday implicated several federally funded organizations in offering bad information about supposed "dangers" of abortions.

FedEx Drivers Fight for ‘Employee’ Status, Rights

Long denied the protections and benefits of employment, “independent contractors” on whom the shipping company has imposed an “entrepreneurial spirit” say they’ve had enough hampered independence.

Work News Digest for Week Ending July 17

Our weekly rundown of workers' rights, union and wage stories... @ Flight attendants threaten “CHAOS” @ CA newspaper staff walks out @ Sate minimum wage raises @ Mine safety position questioned

Illinois to Try New ‘Anti-Sprawl’ Subsidies

Starting next year, Illinois will provide additional tax breaks to companies that build near affordable housing units or public-transportation routes, in a move legislators say will continue to attract new companies and new jobs to the state while also reducing sprawl.

‘Afghanistan Found Me’

TNS Interview: Sonali Kolhatkar is a journalist and also the co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a group that helps raise funds for schools, orphanages and other program led by Afghan women.

Wealthiest Americans’ ‘Share’ Soared in 2004

The top one percent wealthiest Americans enjoyed an increase in income far greater than the rest of the population’s from 2003 to 2004, according an analysis released this week by a progressive think tank.

EPA Slammed, Sued for Lowering Pollution Regs

Sierra Club is going after the EPA for easing the restrictions the Agency imposes on municipal waste combustors that emit dangerous toxins.

School Officials Promote Fast Track to Incarceration

Youth- and civil-rights advocates are speaking out against the rising presence of cops on campuses and administration complicity in what critics call a school-to-prison pipeline.

Washington State to Pursue Hanford Dump Privileges

Washington State’s attorney general announced yesterday that his office is appealing a federal court ruling that barred the state from enforcing a voter-approved law against dumping more waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Scientists Urge Changes to Prisoner Guinea-pig Rules

A federally funded report released yesterday says that the patchwork of regulations governing scientific research conducted on prisoners should be overhauled.

Civil Liberties News for Week Ending June 13

A weekly run-down of stories related to rights, privacy, etc. @ Mass. same-sex marriage @ Kentucky blog ban @ Ga. voter ID law zapped @ Alaska pot privacy OK’ed

Military Contorts Over Apparent Detainee Policy Shift

The Pentagon yesterday announced that military officials were under new orders to ensure that detainee treatment policies comply with a key international law prohibiting torture and other abuses.

Congress, President Still Ignoring Obligation to Indian Health Care

Despite a widely acknowledged obligation to provide for the well-being of American Indians, the federal government has allowed Native health and healthcare to decay horribly.

Killer Cops Inspire Grave Concern in Las Vegas

A spate of recent shootings by Las Vegas police has community activists pushing for accountability they say is so lax cops have a virtually free hand to kill and abuse residents.

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