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September 13, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Georgia Legislature, charged with redrawing congressional districts to eliminate racial gerrymandering, threw up its hands Tuesday and adjourned, leaving the issue to the federal courts to settle. Legislators had spent four weeks grappling with the issue, which was thrust on them in June when the Supreme Court struck down the practice of making race the dominant factor in drawing district lines.
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September 13, 1995 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Georgia Legislature, charged with redrawing congressional districts to eliminate racial gerrymandering, threw up its hands Tuesday and adjourned, leaving the issue to the federal courts to settle. Legislators had spent four weeks grappling with the issue, which was thrust on them in June when the Supreme Court struck down the practice of making race the dominant factor in drawing district lines.
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December 29, 1987
The NAACP kicked off a four-state campaign to banish the image of the Confederate flag from the state capitols of Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. The civil rights organization wants Confederate flags flying over the capitols in South Carolina and Alabama pulled down and the legislatures in Georgia and Mississippi to re-create their state flags without any hint of Confederate bars.
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April 23, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Friday a bill requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, an issue so emotional for black legislators that they staged a walkout from the Capitol this spring. The move would give Georgia one of the strictest voter identification laws in the nation.
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June 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
The legislatures of Georgia and Uzbekistan took cautious steps toward sovereignty on Wednesday but followed a different path than the one blazed by the Baltic republics. These were the latest challenges to face President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who has been offering greater autonomy in an effort to persuade the Soviet Union's increasingly restive republics to remain within the fold.
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December 24, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
When high school freshman Dawn Sherman learned that Illinois had a new law requiring public schools to provide a moment of silence each day for "reflection and student prayer," she was outraged. Not because the law meant lost learning time in her honors math class -- which would be 15 seconds shorter -- but because "it was clear that we're supposed to sit and pray, or sit and watch other people pray," said Dawn, who is an atheist.
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April 13, 1994 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's springtime, when a high school senior's thoughts turn to the prom, summer vacation and the collegiate adventure just around the corner. But in this town--and an increasing number like it across Texas--many students are taking on weightier matters and find themselves at Ground Zero in a growing controversy over prayer in the public schools. When three seniors at a public high school here proposed that a prayer be read at their graduation ceremony last year, their idea was put to a vote.
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