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Marco Rubio Evolving on Immigration

If at first you don't succeed, pivot to the next best alternative.

That seems to be the strategy used by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as he positions himself for a potential White House run in 2016.

Rubio, once the darling of conservatives and a top GOP presidential contender, quickly fell out of favor with the grassroots when he supported a version of comprehensive immigration reform championed by the Obama administration and some of the most liberal members of Congress.

After the Senate's "Gang of Eight" bill was pronounced dead-on-arrival in the House of Representatives, Rubio has since modified his position on how to pursue immigration reform. Unsurprisingly, it now aligns with what conservatives have said all along: secure the border first, build trust in the federal government…[more]

September 01, 2014 • 06:54 pm

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The Naked Truth
Wednesday, August 27 2014

A contestant on the new VH1 reality series Dating Naked has filed a lawsuit claiming the viewers got more than she bargained for.

Jessie Nizewitz is suing the network's operator Viacom and two production companies for allegedly flashing her "private parts" during a playful wrestling match on the beach with a male contestant. In her lawsuit, which seeks $10 million in damages, the 28-year-old New York model claims she was assured that all of her privates would be blurred during the show. In her lawsuit, Nizewitz claims there was no blurring during that quick exchange, subsequently sparking an embarrassing outpour on social media.

"Although I went on this show knowing that I would be nude while taping it I was told that my private parts would be blurred for TV. If you watch an episode, you will see that the blur actually makes it less revealing than a bikini would. Obviously, I did not expect the world to see my private parts, this is not what I anticipated or what any other contestants on the show anticipated," Nizewitz said in a statement through her attorney.

According to news sources, VH1 and Lighthearted Entertainment had no comment, while Firelight Entertainment was not immediately available for a response.

"Plaintiff...was shocked, horrified and outraged to observe this intrusion into her privacy for all to see," reads the suit. "Immediately Plaintiff became subject to ridicule by those watching...Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment...Defendants knew or reasonably should have known that broadcasting an individual's vagina and anus on national cable television would cause substantial and severe emotional distress."

Source: eonline.com

What Took So Long?
Thursday, August 21 2014

Nearly two years after a police stop and citation that made national news, a grandmother is suing a Dallas-area police officer and city for allegedly being "antagonized and assaulted."

According to news reports, on August 19, 2012, then 77-year-old grandmother Lynn Bedford was stopped for going 66 mpg in a 50-mph zone.  Citing a bladder infection and the need to use a restroom, Bedford refused to get out of the car or hand over her driver's license, prompting Sgt. Gene Geheb to open the door and remove Bedford from the car. Bedford ultimately received two citations: one for speeding and another for failing to provide ID.

Originally, Bedford said she did not have plans to sue.  Now, two years later, she has changed her mind and is seeking a jury trial and damages against the City of Keene and Sgt. Geheb for, among other things, unreasonable search and seizure and for having in place policies that show “deliberate indifference to the constitutional rights of citizens.” In the federal lawsuit filed in Dallas, Bedford claims she “suffered a painfully-bruised tailbone, bruising on her arm, and a sore shoulder.”
 
In September 2012, Keene Chief Rocky Alberti defended his officer’s actions: “The incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the City of Keene administration,” Alberti said. “All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards to violators not providing information.”

Source: Dallasnews.com

A Prayer for Relief
Thursday, August 14 2014

In the wake of a threatened lawsuit, a North Carolina restaurant is no longer offering a discount to diners who pray in public before their meal.

Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, announced by way of a note on the front door of the establishment that the 15% discount previously offered to customers who chose to pray before their meal was discontinued. According to news reports, Mary's Gourmet stated on a Facebook post that, "There's a lot of craziness going on in regard to the 15% discount. ... I will say that it is not a 'policy,' it's a gift we give random to customers who take a moment before their meal.  Who you talk to or meditate on etc. is your business."

The discontinued discount at Mary's appeared to be prompted by a letter from a Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, which urged the restaurant to stop.  Legal experts have noted that it is fine for a business to give out random discounts.  For example, a restaurant in Los Angeles, California, gives discounts for voice impersonations.

Co-owner Mary Haglund told one media outlet that her intent had always been positive and that she never meant to offend anyone.

Source: Newsday.com

How Not to Pay a Probation Bill
Thursday, August 07 2014

An Escambia County, Florida, man is back behind bars after stealing more than $140,000 worth of items from local residences and selling them to pay his federal probation costs.

Michael Collins, who was on probation for bank robbery, allegedly broke into homes through unlocked doors and stole jewelry, cash, laptops and medication. Collins later sold the items at a local flea market. Police were able to identify and locate Collins through security footage shot at one of the homes. Almost $15,000 of the sold items have been recovered by local police.

Collins is now being charged with burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and petty theft.

Source: Pensacola News Journal

Rush-Hour Traffic Drives Lawsuit
Wednesday, July 30 2014

A New Jersey woman is suing her former employer on grounds that her employer failed to make accommodation for a disability that prevented her from driving in rush-hour traffic.

Andrea DeGerolamo of Berlin, New Jersey, is suing Fulton Financial Corp. for wrongful termination. According to news reports, DeGerolamo took medical leave from the company for anxiety and depression, which, her lawsuit states, "was especially aggravated by crowded roadways experienced during the heavy traffic of rush-hour."  When DeGerolamo returned to work, she cited her medical condition as a qualifying disability that entitled her to a modified work schedule that would avoid rush-hour traffic. The company approved DeGerolamo's request to come into work after morning traffic died down, and then leave before the evening rush-hour started.

After returning to work, DeGerolamo was given a reduced work load, which she claims was an unwarranted demotion.  Shortly after, she says she was fired, prompting her lawsuit.

Fulton Financial Corp. declined to comment to The Huffington Post, citing pending legal matters.

Source: The Huffington Post



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