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WEEKEND HEADLINES, 12/27 & 12/28/14 *** A federal judge has ruled police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the Constitution when responding to protests over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown. The case concerned the police practice of forcing protesters to remain in constant motion, telling them were not allowed to stand still or that they were walking too slowly *** Hundreds of Denver-area high school students have staged a walkout over an attempt to censor their history curriculum. A right-wing majority on the Jefferson County school board has pushed extensive changes to AP history courses to promote corporatism and deference to authority. Their proposed changes include the removal of all mentions of civil disobedience from textbooks and materials. The student walkout on Tuesday followed a similar action by teachers that shut down two high schools for a day last week *** The Republican Governors Association has accidentally disclosed documents showing wealthy donors were able to pay for increased access to the governors' mansion in several states. According to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, Republican documents outline how top companies have donated millions of dollars to the secretive Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, which is tax-exempt and not required to list its donors. The top group, known as the Statesmen, gave over $250,000 apiece, with members including Aetna, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Koch Companies Public Sector, Microsoft, Pfizer, UnitedHealth Group and Wal-Mart. In return, donors were given access to private meetings and gatherings with Republican governors to discuss policy. Despite the secrecy, The New York Times reports none of the practices were illegal. *** More later...

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