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Supreme Court fumbles Native American mascot challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court refused this week to hear a case involving a lawsuit by Native American activists on use of the name "Washington Redskins."

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Online campaign targets Murdoch on Fox racism

A campaign by ColorOfChange.org is targeting Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch for backing race-baiting attacks on President Obama by Fox's Glenn Beck.

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Lou Dobbs quits CNN

On Tuesday, Nov. 11th,  Lou Dobbs announced his intention to leave CNN "effective immediately."

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Justices review life terms for teen offenders

 A majority on the Supreme Court appeared to signal changing the use of life prison terms without parole for teenagers whose crimes do not involve a murder.

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Obama to sign hate crimes bill

Eleven years after Matthew Shepard’s brutal murder because he was gay, President Barack Obama will sign the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law this afternoon.

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Stores pull immigrant-slurring Halloween costume after protests

After a nationwide campaign by immigrant advocacy groups calling an "illegal alien" Halloween costume tasteless and offensive, several major retail stores and Web sites have pulled it from their racks.

Rush Limbaugh ejected!

Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio talk show host known for his racially charged comments, has been removed from a potential group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams.

Jena Six case comes to an end; shone light on racism in criminal justice system

In September 2007 more than 40,000 demonstrators descended on the small town of Jena, La. to protest unequal justice for the Jena Six, a case in which charges were brought against six black teens following a series of racially charged incidents sparked by the hanging of nooses in a public schoolyard. Facing South followed the case closely as it thrust a small central Louisiana town into the national spotlight and drew the eyes of the country to the lines of racial inequality still present in the modern-day South.

Supreme Court rules against affirmative action

The Supreme Court today ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, overturning a decision by high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. In a blow to affirmative action the court, in a 5-4 ruling, said New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results.

Arizonas equal opportunity programs under threat

Arizona's equal opportunity programs are facing a renewed assault this week after the state legislature voted to place an anti-equal opportunity initiative onto the 2010 Arizona General Election ballot.

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