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July 27, 2013
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, 97, a plantation-born Louisianian who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday of natural causes at her home in Chevy Chase, Md., according to her daughter, ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts. Boggs served three years as ambassador to the Vatican during the Clinton administration. Her years in Congress started with a special election in 1973 to finish the term of her husband, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., whose plane disappeared over Alaska six months earlier.
July 24, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Arcadia Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Education have reached an agreement to end an investigation into allegations of discrimination against a transgender student, officials said Wednesday. The resolution, which the Arcadia school board passed unanimously Tuesday, closes an investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights into whether the district prohibited a student, who was born female but identifies as a male, from accessing boys restrooms and locker rooms because he is transgender.
July 22, 2013 | By Jason Song
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating USC for failing to properly investigate claims of rape and sexual assault, officials said Monday. The case is the latest in a series of investigations looking at sexual assault allegations at colleges and universities throughout the nation, including reported cases at Occidental College and Dartmouth University. Occidental officials have hired two former sex crimes prosecutors to complete an extensive review of the university's handling of sexual abuse cases.
July 22, 2013 | By Jason Song and Richard Winton
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating USC over its handling of alleged sexual assault and rape cases after students filed a complaint with the federal government, officials said Monday. Two current USC students - both of whom allege being raped - said at a news conference that their 110-page complaint contains accounts from more than 100 students detailing problems with the university when handling reports of sexual assault. The complaint was filed last spring. Many of the students "were blamed for their victimization and were forced to watch impotently as their cases were routinely misreported, misconstrued, mishandled or discounted entirely," said Tucker Reed, one of the co-signers of the complaint who recently completed her junior year.
July 17, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Civil rights leaders at the NAACP national convention Wednesday called the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer a setback for the movement, and the audience agreed. As Martin Luther King III and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton addressed the crowd of a couple of thousand, the audience murmured, “That's right,” “Amen” and “I remember.” Sharpton noted that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin, was arrested and charged only after activists marched and petitioned for a Justice Department civil rights investigation and then the Florida governor appointed a special prosecutor.
July 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It is a tragedy that Trayvon Martin ended up dead in his scuffle with George Zimmerman, a tragedy that Zimmerman caused. He shouldn't have assumed that Martin was up to no good, and he shouldn't have pursued him after a police dispatcher warned him not to. And yet not every tragedy or bad judgment is proof of a crime, much less a federal civil rights violation. When federal prosecutors bring charges after defendants have been acquitted in state court, they test the principle of double jeopardy, forcing suspects to stand trial twice on essentially the same facts.
July 8, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- After years of delays, petitions and revisions, Israel on Monday launched a controversial biometric identification program. During the two-year pilot project, Israelis will be able to opt for a new identification card or passport with electronic parts such as a secure chip, along with biometric data including fingerprint scans and a photo providing a facial profile that will go to a database. Gideon Saar, minister of interior affairs, called on Israelis to "enter the era of smart documents," maintaining that the new technologies embedded in the cards would make them counterfeit-proof and protect Israelis from identity theft and related financial crime as well as from security threats.
July 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The latest insight into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is as dispiriting as it is familiar. For years - decades, even, for those who remember the Kolts Commission in the early 1990s - one outside group after another has concluded that lax discipline, poor supervision and inattentive management have allowed problems within the department to fester, sometimes erupting in violations of civil rights. And here we are again. After a two-year investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that deputies assigned to the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Station repeatedly violated the civil rights of African Americans and Latinos, especially those in federally subsidized housing.
July 2, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Civil rights leaders in the Antelope Valley demanded reforms from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, charging that racially biased policing has left residents living in fear. The U.S. Department of Justice last week found that local authorities conducted a systematic effort to discriminate against African Americans who received low-income subsidized housing and that deputies engaged in widespread unlawful searches of homes, improper detentions and unreasonable force.
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