Federal Judge in Texas Keeps Planned Parenthood Alive – For Now

huffingtonpost.com: A federal judge has halted plans to “de-fund” Planned Parenthood in Texas:

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it bars eight Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t provide abortions from participating in the program based on their affiliation with legally and financially separate entities that offer abortions.

Supreme Court To Hear Arizona Immigration Case

findlaw.com:  On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear from both sides of the argument as to whether states can adopt their own policies on handling illegal immigration.  Arizona’s lawmakers appear to be staunchly supportive of such sovereignty:

“If the federal government had been doing and would continue to do its job in securing the border here in southern Arizona, this would not be an issue. Unfortunately, they failed to do that so Arizona stepped up and said, ‘We want to be partners. Here’s a role we think we can play,'” said Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, which shares an 83.5-mile border with Mexico in the state’s southeastern corner.

Five states have adopted policies similar to Arizona’s.  For the entire article on this hotly debated issue, click here.

Home Depot Greeter Lawsuit After Denied Chair

kliv.com: A home depot worker has sued against the major chain store for denying the worker a chair to use as he greeted customers.  The lawsuit is taking place in East Palo Alto, California.  California has been home to several attorneys who have filed literally hundreds of lawsuits alleging ADA discrimination, according to this article in Time magazine.

John Edwards Trial Begins Today

cnn.com:  John Edwards’ trial began today in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The prosecution claims that Mr. Edwards broke the law to hide the fact that he was going to have a baby with his mistress.  According to cnn.com, Mr. Edwards faces prison time if convicted of the charges of filing false and misleading campaign disclosure reports.

1 in 2 New Graduates are Jobless or Underemployed

Yahoo News:  “The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.  A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.  Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example. . . . About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years”

Medical Marijuana and “Debilitating” Conditions

Arizona Department of Health Services: The Department of Health Services in Arizona is considering adding four new conditions to the approved list for “debilitating” conditions.  Apparently the health department has made it through the first phase of deciding whether to add (1) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; (2) Generalized Anxiety Disorder; (3) Migraines; and (4) Depression.  A public hearing will be held on May 25 from 1-4pm regarding these conditions and whether they will be added.  Stay tuned…

Arizona’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Yuma Sun:  “If you think the kind of incident that resulted in the death of a Florida teen cannot happen here, you’re wrong.

Arizona adopted its own “stand your ground” law two years ago. And not a single legislator spoke out against it at that time.

In fact, the change in the law was tacked on at nearly the last minute to another unrelated measure dealing with guns. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it after just a 20-second promotion from a gun-rights lobbyist.

Dave Kopp of the Arizona Citizens Defense League, who provided that explanation, said nothing more was needed.

He noted that existing law already spelled out that people have no duty to retreat when confronted in their homes or their own vehicles. That concept is known as the “castle doctrine.”

“We believe that anyplace you have a legal right to be, you should be able to defend yourself without having to run away first,” Kopp told lawmakers.”

Mark Zuckerberg Negotiated Instagram Deal Without Lawyers

ABA Journal:  “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg feared Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom would be put off if he approached him through lawyers.

On April 5, Zuckerberg picked up the phone himself to call Systrom about buying the photo sharing service, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. In three days of meetings in Zuckerberg’s home, the two men agreed on a $1 billion price. Lawyers and Facebook board members were not part of the process, sources tell the newspaper.”

Workplace Bullying On The Rise?

cnn.com:  In this video, CNN reveals that workplace bullying may be on the rise.  27% of US workers have felt bullied in the workplace.  The rise may be due to the belief by workers that there are no other good jobs available to them.  Commentators express that in an environment where people feel overwhelming stress and fear, it is only “inevitable” that some may resort to violence.

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