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SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE ON POLICE SHOOTING OF MENTALLY ILL WOMAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The Supreme Court this week is hearing arguments in the case of San Francisco v. Sheehan to determine whether or not San Francisco police officers were justified in shooting and killing a mentally ill woman in her own home. The officers fired five rounds and the case centers on whether non-lethal force should be used first in such cases.

HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER

 

San Diego delegation splits on vote

March 4, 2015 (Washington DC)--The Department of Homeland Security won’t be shutting down.  Both houses of Congress have now passed legislation to fund the agency through September.

FDA ISSUES POWDERED CAFFEINE WARNING

 

January 2, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning recommending that the public avoid powdered pure caffeine—especially bags sold over the internet.  At least two young men who used powdered caffeine have died, the FDA reports.

DEFENSE BILL ALLOWS DESECRATION OF APACHE LAND

 

By Leon Thompson

December 27, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs and along with it, managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

TORTURE REPORT DRAWS FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 9, 2014 (Washington D.C.) --California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has released a 500-page executive summary of  the committee’s report on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. Those treatments on 119 suspects amounted to torture in some cases, said Senator Feinstein, who concludes that the CIA’s actions a decade ago are “a stain on our values and on our history.”

CAMPUS CHILD CARE DECLINING DESPITE GROWING NUMBERS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS RAISING CHILDREN

 

Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research

December 3, 2014 (Washington D.C.) While the number of college students with dependent children has been growing, and more than one in four college students (4.8 million undergraduate students) in the United States are raising children, campus-based child care has been declining, according to new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Campus child care has decreased most dramatically at community colleges—where nearly half (45 percent) of all students with children are enrolled. Less than half of all 2-year institutions offer campus child care services. The proportion of community colleges with child care on campus declined from a high of 53 percent in 2003-2004, to 46 percent in 2013. IWPR’s analysis is based on 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

OBAMA ISSUES ORDER TO IMPROVE CREDIT & DEBIT CARD SECURITY

 

October 24, 2014 (Washington D.C.)  - President Barack Obama has issue a White House initiative introducing PIN technology to make credit transactions more secure, providing greater security for both business owners and consumers.