Alfred Angelo Bridal chain closes in bankruptcy
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Alfred Angelo Bridal chain closes in bankruptcy

August 31, 2017 Alfred Angelo Bridal Chain closed more than 60 wedding dress stores before filing bankruptcy in July 2017. They claimed only $50,000 in assets contrasted with more than $50 million in liabilities in their filing, showing them completely upside down in debt. The bridal chain sold dresses at 1,400 retailers while operating its…

US Supreme Court hands major victory to churches
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US Supreme Court hands major victory to churches

August 20, 2017 After a Missouri church was denied funds to resurface its playground, the Supreme Court ruled in June 2017 that separation of church and state goes too far when they withhold government grants from religious institutions. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, MO, was denied access to state program funds set aside for charitable…

Mary Kay Letourneau in divorce with ex-student
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Mary Kay Letourneau in divorce with ex-student

July 20, 2017 In 1996, Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau relationship made headlines for weeks as the public followed the highly publicized sexual relationship between the teacher and her student. The couple has now announced their separation. At the time, Vili was a 12-year-old student while Mary Kay was a 34-year-old married teacher with…

17 years in, doppelgänger key to inmate exoneration
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17 years in, doppelgänger key to inmate exoneration

July 31, 2017 In 1999, Richard Jones was sentenced to a 19-year prison term, convicted of aggravated robbery for purse snatching at a Walmart parking lot. Numerous appeals failed to secure his release though he maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration. However, a new discovery cut two years off his sentence; someone else committed the…

Retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy
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Retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy

July 10, 2017 Following in the steps of other troubled retailers, Gymboree filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to slash $1 billion of its $1.4 billion in debt. They will stay in business due to an agreement with their lenders as they restructure the organization even borrowing $35 million more to finance operations. Of…

Dance Moms star sentenced to prison
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Dance Moms star sentenced to prison

June 30, 2017 In late 2015, Miller was charged with hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy three years prior. She was also charged with smuggling in over $100,000 in foreign currency into the country without legally declaring it to customs. Miller pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud in the summer…

Mississippi funeral home facing allegations of discrimination
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Mississippi funeral home facing allegations of discrimination

June 20, 2017 The family of the late Robert Huskey is pursuing legal civil action against a Picayune, Louisiana funeral home that reportedly told the family members that they did not “deal with his kind,” referencing his gay marriage. The family had seemingly finalized arrangements to cremate the remains of the late Robert Huskey. With…

Liberals ignited by Miss USA comments
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Liberals ignited by Miss USA comments

June 10, 2017 Kara McCullough, crowned as the 2017 Miss USA in May, ignited controversy with comments on some hot button social issues. During a Q&A session in pageant, McCullough was asked her opinion on whether healthcare is a right or a privilege. McCullough argued that it was a privilege. In order to have healthcare,…

Reproductive technology and baby rights
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Reproductive technology and baby rights

May 31, 2017 Almost anything is possible in today’s age as far as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization is concerned. Unfortunately, very few laws exist to protect children born from these methods, and even fewer rights are afforded them, according to the author of a new book, “Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the…