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.
September 26, 1996 |
For eight years, on a triangular lot in a shabby neighborhood, an abstract steel sculpture was reflected in the adjacent canal, which in turn delivered sunlight to glint off the piece's planes and edges. Jan Randolph Martin, an artist, businessman and musician, regarded the creation as his masterpiece. The Indianapolis municipal government saw "Symphony No.
September 19, 2007 |
WASHINGTON -- Responding to often-emotional testimony, several U.S. senators Tuesday threatened to step in and fix the NFL's pension and medical disability program if league and players' union officials don't quickly improve the system -- one that retirees increasingly describe as dysfunctional. The possibility of congressional oversight came during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which NFL Players Assn.
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May 18, 2000 |
The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to strike down key sections of the federal Violence Against Women Act is the latest in a series of conservative rulings greatly limiting the ability of the federal government to deal with important national problems. In his first inaugural address, President Reagan proposed a dramatic change in American government with a vastly reduced role for the federal government and a shift of power to the states.
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September 26, 2012 |
Federal officials brought their war on medical marijuana dispensaries to Los Angeles on Tuesday, raiding several shops and issuing warning letters to dozens more. Officials at the U.S. attorney's office said it was the first large-scale federal action taken against cannabis shops in the city, and said more will probably follow. "We couldn't do all of L.A. at once," said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the office. "There's just too many stores. " The crackdown adds a dramatic element to the already tense fight over the fate of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
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August 12, 2012 |
An illegal Mexican immigrant who wants to be licensed to practice law in California has received support from the state's top law enforcement officer, the State Bar of California, civil rights groups, county bar associations and law professors - but not from the Obama administration. In a brief to the California Supreme Court, theU.S. Department of Justicesaid federal law prohibits giving a public benefit, such as a bar license, to an "unlawfully present alien. " The federal law was "plainly designed to preclude undocumented aliens from receiving commercial and professional licenses issued by states and the federal government," a lawyer for the Justice Department wrote in a brief requested by the state high court.
January 24, 2012 |
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a California law against slaughtering pigs and other animals unable to walk, activists are pressing forward with efforts to get a tough federal measure passed. The 2008 state law had made it illegal for slaughterhouses in California to "receive a non-ambulatory animal. " Any animal that could not stand on its own was to be returned to the farm or "humanely euthanized. " But the court's 9-0 decision Monday held that since Congress had already adopted its Federal Meat Inspection Act, California was not free to enforce differing rules or standards.
May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A New Hampshire man who had his car towed when he was in a hospital recovering from a heart attack and the amputation of his left foot won a measure of justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision released Monday, the court said Robert Pelkey can sue Dan's City Used Cars for disposing of his towed car without telling him or paying him. The case began during a snowstorm in February 2007. Pelkey's 2004 Honda Civic was parked legally in a handicapped parking spot in his apartment complex in Manchester, but he was confined to his bed. Under the apartment's policy, cars were to be removed to clear the snow, and Pelkey's car was towed away.
June 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — In a decision that could have a significant effect on the fees that consumers pay in real estate transactions, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that "unearned" fees charged by lenders and other service providers do not violate federal law as long as they are not split with anyone else. The court's unanimous decision effectively reopens the door to controversial "administrative" fees levied by real estate brokers, and could encourage the practice of "marking up" fees by mortgage lenders, escrow officers and others that had been banned by federal regulators for the last decade.
March 18, 2013 |
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Until tax season comes around, Mary Ritchie and Kathy Bush can act like any legally married couple raising two boys. In midwinter, that means watching lots of basketball. "We go to every game and every practice," Bush said. But when they file their tax return with the federal government, they are no longer married. The return is supposed to be "true, correct and complete" by law, but they cannot check "married, filing jointly. " The loss of this routine tax break costs them as much as $6,000 a year.