After a contentious debate, the Boy Scouts of America has finally put an end to the policy that banned gay kids from participating. More than sixty percent of the volunteers who voted approved a measure that prevents any youth from being denied membership “on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The organization’s chief executive called the step “compassionate, caring and kind.” (And late). Though the vote is over, the debate will continue. And as of now, openly gay adults and leaders are still not welcome.
A State of Hunger
During difficult economic times, researchers expect to uncover significant numbers of people who find it difficult to afford the food that their families need. In developing countries, nearly half of those surveyed by Pew fell into this category. In emerging nations, the number drops to about 25%. In wealthier countries, the number (as you’d expect) drops dramatically. The…
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Anyone who loves baseball and history will love this story. I found it on NPR reported by Nina Totenberg who covers the Supreme Court. It is about a combination moot court and historic re-enactment. The case is Curt Flood v. Bowie Kuhn from 1972. Law school often do this kind of re-enactment, but this one was sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society. Justice Sotomayor presided from the seat of the Chief Justice.
For those who don’t remember, the case was brought by St. Louis Cardinals great Curt Flood, who challenged baseball’s reserve clause — the provision that allowed teams to virtually own players, set salaries and conduct trades, with the players for all practical purposes never able to negotiate freely with other teams. That meant that at the time Flood brought his challenge in 1970, he was earning what was then considered a top salary of $90,000. This, for…
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YOU DO KNOW WHERE
THESE EXTREMES OF
WEATHER AND WAR
ARE LEADING: RIGHT?