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Blogger of venomous insults sues Google for outing her

Legal experts think that a fashion student’s suit against Google has little chance of success. She had anonymously called a model a “shank” and was subsequently identified by Google. -DB San Francisco Chronicle August 28, 2009 By James Temple The blogger who anonymously tarred a fashion model as a “skank” before being outed by Google Inc. under court order generated considerable public outrage when she announced plans to sue the company for $15 million, but few

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Supreme Court justice allows unsealing of records of Catholic sex abuse suits

The Catholic Church is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutional issues concerning the order to release court records on 20 clergy sex abuse cases in Connecticut. -DB Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press August 27, 2009 By Rory Eastburg U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tuesday refused a Catholic diocese’s emergency request to stay an order unsealing court records related to more than 20 clergy sex abuse suits.

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Homeland Security denies politics dictated stimulus spending on border checkpoints

A government agency refused to provide the priority list for spending on border checkpoints as questions mount about why so much money has been allocated to stations with less traffic. -DB The Brownsville Herald August 27, 2009 By Anabelle Garay and Eileen Sullivan DALLAS (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that politics did not influence the decision to spend millions of dollars in stimulus money on little-used border checkpoints while passing over higher-priority

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Fillmore City Council admits to Brown Act violation

The Fillmore city mayor conceded to a Brown Act violation but said since there was no consequences from the violation, the matter was closed. -DB Ventura County Star August 27, 2009 By Mike Harris Responding to an accusation from Fillmore City Councilman Steve Conaway, Mayor Patti Walker has conceded that members of the council unintentionally violated California’s Brown Act earlier this month. The Brown Act guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of

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Suit asks for records concerning warrantless searches of travelers’ laptops

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit in federal court to obtain records pertaining to the immigration and border policy of routinely searching traveler’s laptops. -DB Congress Daily August 26, 2009 The American Civil Liberties Union wants federal government records pertaining to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s policy of searching travelers’ laptops without suspicion of wrongdoing. The watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Wednesday in a New

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