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It passed with votes of 286 to 138.

The NY Times describes the legislation:

The newly passed legislation creates and expands federal programs to assist local communities with law enforcement and aiding victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Most notably, the bill goes further by offering protections for gay, bisexual or transgender victims of domestic abuse, as well as allowing American Indian women who are assaulted on reservations by non-Indians to take their case to tribal courts, which otherwise would not have jurisdiction over assailants who do not live

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This week is National No Name Calling Week. Some students at a school I teach at made an event on facebook and then did things around campus to bring awareness to the impact of bullying at school.


Some had students write things they have been called on pieces of paper and crumpled them up and threw them into the “box of insults”.


Others wrote compliments on post it notes and put them up around the entire school. Many were on lockers and students really loved the nice …

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1. One who solicits alms for a living.
2. An impoverished person; a pauper.


Begging, is all around me. In Nigeria I mean, not literally around me, trailing me, holding me down with entreating eyes and dirty hands holding my shirtsleeves begging for a few nairas to spare. Alright, that does happen. They are everywhere: by motor parks, along the streets in busy traffic, at the doors to shopping malls, at restaurants looking through the mirror at you – a ploy to make you feel guilty …