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Court blocks initiative to split California three ways

by Leigh Jones & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/19/18, 11:24 am

The California Supreme Court shot down a ballot initiative asking voters if the state should be divided into three parts. The justices on Wednesday ordered the secretary of state to leave the three-state plan off the ballot, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. “We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election,” the justices wrote in a unanimous ruling.

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Wrestlers with abuse claims sue Ohio State

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/18/18, 11:09 am

Four former athletes are suing Ohio State University for failing to stop a doctor employed by the school who they say molested them and many others. The athletes, who wrestled for the university in the 1980s and ’90s, claim they told school officials about lewd acts and voyeurism by Richard Strauss, who might have assaulted 1,500 or more male students. Strauss retired from the university in 1998 and killed himself in 2005. Ohio State began an independent investigation of the complaints months ago.

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Fostering conflict

Religious Liberty | Religious child placement agencies have diverging responses to LGBT demands
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 7/17/18, 04:35 pm

After a judge ruled against two religious foster care agencies in Philadelphia, one is fighting the mandate to place children with same-sex couples and the other appears to have given in.

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