There is a slight stench as Brandon Owen steps out of his truck. The biologist is a wildlife technician with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and his company has captured 687 skunks so far this year in northeastern Illinois β about 200 more than last year.
Feminists in France say the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has forced the country to confront longstanding sexist attitudes. Buoyed by this new awareness, they are now taking on what they see as one of the most entrenched, if not discreet, barriers to gender equality in France: the word "mademoiselle."
In France, when you fill out a form β whether it's a job application or a parking citation β if you're a woman, you have to choose between madame and mademoiselle.
Too bad if you feel your marital status is nobody's business, there's simply no French equivalent of "Ms."
The federal government has filed a lawsuit on behalf of thirteen Kentucky coal miners who say they were discriminated against over their race. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionfiled the lawsuit earlier this week in the Western District of Kentucky against River View Coal. The lawsuit alleges that thirteen African-American miners who applied for jobs at River View Coalβs mine in Union County were rejected because of their race.
Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer will be honored in public ceremonies as part of "Sgt. Dakota Meyer Week" on Oct. 2 in his hometown of Columbia, in Adair County. Ceremonies include a public parade around downtown Columbia and a ceremony at Lindsey Wilson College's stadium.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city has obtained federal money to help pay for more police officers on the local force. "Lexington has received a three point nine million dollar federal grant that will pay the salaries and benefits of twenty-five new police officers for the next three years. This kind of support is really important in times like today."
Attorney General Jack Conway is praising a U.S. District Court ruling this week that returns a 2007 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, to Pike Circuit Court. "OxyContin is one of the most powerful and addictive substances on the planet," Conway said in a press release. "Purdue Pharma's misrepresentations about the addictive nature of OxyContin helped fuel an epidemic of prescription pill abuse across Kentucky. I am pleased that this case is now back in Kentucky courts and moving forward after four years of delay at the hands of Purdue Pharma."
The Justice Department announced that 36 Boeing employees and one non-employee were arrested in connection to a drug sting at the aerospace company's Ridley Park, Penn. plant.
Twenty-three of them were charged with illegal distribution of a prescription drug; while the rest were charged with buying the drugs. The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration placed an uncover agent at the plant, after Boeing complained that there was a problem.