May 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A move is underway in Congress to strike any reference to "lunatic" in federal law in an effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness. "Federal law should reflect the 21st century understanding of mental illness and disease," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said in introducing the 21st Century Language Act with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). "The continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. Code. " The idea for the measure, Conrad said, came from a constituent seeking his help in removing "this outdated and inappropriate language from federal law. Ohio in 2007 removed words such as lunatic, idiot and insane from its code.
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September 18, 2013 |
Occidental College has quietly reached a monetary settlement with at least 10 current and former students who have alleged that the Eagle Rock liberal arts school repeatedly mishandled sexual assault accusations, according to three sources with knowledge of the agreement. During confidential settlement talks last week, senior Occidental officials agreed to pay the women an undisclosed sum to avoid a lawsuit. Under the terms of the pact, they are barred from discussing publicly the college's handling of their cases and participating in the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition, a campus advocacy group of students and faculty that over the last year has been battling fiercely with the college administration over its handling of sex assault allegations.
March 22, 2013 |
Sometimes it's hard to do good. For example, donating leftover banquet food to charity. Shirley Wei Sher, a Marina del Rey immigration lawyer, discovered how challenging this can be when she recently tried to prevent leftovers at an upcoming meeting of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Assn. from being thrown away. Sher, 33, sits on the board of the organization and is helping plan the group's annual awards banquet at a Chinatown restaurant next month. As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend.
February 22, 1991 |
Athletes using anabolic steroids to enhance performance will face increasing scrutiny when a get-tough federal law takes effect next week, Robert C. Bonner, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Thursday at a news conference in Washington. For the first time, possession of small amounts of steroids for uses not prescribed by a physician will be a federal crime. The maximum penalty for possession will be one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine.
June 28, 2013 |
Let us now praise one of the many legacies that prove that, in addressing its citizens' economic dignity, the America of the Thirties was smarter and more humane than the America of today. The example at hand is the minimum wage law. The federal minimum wage celebrated its 75th birthday last week. The wage was enacted as part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which arrived in 1938 just as the New Deal was running out of steam. The landmark measure banned child labor, set the maximum workweek at 44 hours, and imposed a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1988 |
The U. S. attorney's office has absolved a San Diego developer of violating federal statutes in a political dirty trick during an Escondido annexation election. The office turned over its evidence in the mail-fraud investigation to the San Diego County district attorney Thursday. Assistant U. S. Atty. Charles Gorder said the case, which involved publication of a look-alike edition of the Lehner Valley News, did not qualify for federal prosecution because it did not cause property losses.