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Sunday, November 01, 2015

Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle dealership she ran with her husband and other relatives.

Now the family is embroiled in a legal battle the Texas Supreme Court hears next week that could have broad implications on the nation's booming home-school ranks. The McIntyres are accused of failing to teach their children educational basics because they were waiting to be transported to heaven with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Like other Texas home-school families, Laura and her husband Michael McIntyre weren't required to register with state or local educational officials. They also didn't have to teach state-approved curriculums or give standardized tests.
In court filings, the McIntyres say the district is biased against Christians and accuse its officials of mounting a "startling assertion of sweeping governmental power."

Friday, October 23, 2015

The health care worker who sharply criticized being quarantined at a New Jersey hospital last year because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie and the state health department illegally held her against her will. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in Newark on Thursday. The suit also names former state Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd and other health department employees. Hickox is seeking at least $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Hickox, 34, is a nurse who was working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone during last year's deadly Ebola outbreak. She was stopped when she arrived at Newark Liberty International airport and questioned over several hours before being sent to stay in quarantine in a tent outside of a hospital in Newark, despite having no symptoms of the disease.

Monday, October 12, 2015

State authorities' decision Sunday to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the site of a Confederate memorial on Stone Mountain, Ga., has again underscored rising tensions over the Confederacy's role in US history.

The announcement, which faces mixed reactions from locals, is emblematic of an increasingly divisive discourse taking place across the South in the wake of the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., in June. The shooter, a self-professed white supremacist, had published a racist manifesto and unfurled the Confederate battle flag in photos.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal: We don't have to keep buying new gadgets. In fact, we should insist on the right to keep old ones running.. ... They said they'd charge $90 for an estimate, and at least $125 plus parts for a repair. Buying a similar-size Samsung TV today costs $380. Why wouldn't [my colleague] Shira just buy a new TV? She felt guilty. Even recycled e-waste can end up in toxic dumps in the developing world. Enter Plan B: I found a ton of people talking online about this TV's broken capacitors. There were even a few folks selling DIY repair kits. The parts cost ... wait for it ... $12. I splurged on a $20 deluxe repair kit, sold on eBay, that included capacitors, a soldering iron and something called a solder sucker. Its makers also sent me a link to a YouTube video where a man teaches you how to solder capacitors into a TV. To prove how easy it is, he's helped by a toddler. ... "Manufacturers are hiding behind copyright as a form of planned obsolescence," says Kyle Wiens, co-founder of the website iFixit.com and an advocate for the right to repair electronics and reduce e-waste.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Some of the empty cartridges that Impression Products recycled had first been sold overseas. Lexmark insisted that as patent holder, it had the right to block Impression Products from refilling or reselling these foreign-market cartridges in the U.S.

By extension Lexmark's argument applied to any patent-protected product that was first sold abroad. In the world according to Lexmark, an eBay user in the U.S. who bought a video game originally sold in Canada could be sued for patent infringement. An American traveler returning from Europe with a new Swiss watch could have it seized in Customs as unlawful for use in this country.

More ominously, patent holders could stop critically-important supplies from crossing the border. In times of shortage, technology users in the U.S. -- hospitals, defense agencies, businesses, schools -- might find themselves unable to secure replacement parts from overseas.


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