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August 18, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Turkey's prime minister compared Syria's president to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday, as Damascus defied international calls to end the crackdown on a five-month uprising. President Bashar al-Assad has unleashed tanks, ground troops, and snipers in an attempt to retake control in rebellious areas. The military assault has escalated dramatically since the start of the holy month of Ramadan in August, killing hundreds and detaining thousands. "We made our calls [to Gadhafi]
NEWS
August 12, 2011
Negotiators for the Neshaminy School District and its teachers union had positive talks for more than two hours Thursday night without any breakthroughs, school board member William O'Connor said. The talks were conducted through state mediator John Cairns, who met with each side separately at the district offices in Maple Point Middle School. The union did not offer a counterproposal to the district's July 18 offer, O'Connor said, and talked about using the salary steps in its proposal.
SPORTS
August 11, 2011 | Associated Press
A federal judge said Wednesday that a group of retired players led by Hall of Famer Carl Eller faces an uphill battle as it seeks to press forward with a lawsuit over unresolved issues stemming from the NFL lockout. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson convened a status conference in St. Paul, Minn., to decide whether it would be worthwhile to order the three sides to sit down again next week with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, who brokered the agreement that ended the lockout but did not settle the retirees' still-pending lawsuit.
SPORTS
July 18, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Talks to end the NFL lockout will resume with the court-appointed mediator in New York today and could continue through Thursday, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP yesterday on condition of anonymity, because the discussions are supposed to remain confidential. The mediator, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, originally had ordered representatives of the league's owners and players to meet with him tomorrow in Minneapolis.
SPORTS
July 5, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
While NFL owners and players appear to be inching toward a resolution of the league's long lockout, a group of retired players is clamoring to be more involved in the discussions. The group filed a class-action complaint against the owners and current players in federal court yesterday, saying they have been excluded from the mediation sessions taking place in an attempt to end the lockout. Named plaintiffs including Hall of Famers Carl Eller, Franco Harris, Marcus Allen and Paul Krause are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to put a halt to the mediation she ordered and declare that the current players cannot negotiate on behalf of those who are retired.
NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By Diaa Hadid, Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya - Moammar Gadhafi insists he will not leave his country, South Africa's president said Tuesday after meeting with the embattled Libyan ruler. Gadhafi's departure is the key demand of rebel forces battling his troops. The hard lines of the two sides and the competing, high-level visits illustrated the virtual stalemate in the conflict. NATO aircraft bomb the Libyan capital night after night, and military forces from the two sides battle, but little is changing on the ground.
NEWS
May 30, 2011
Mediation will lessen courts' backlog Former Sen. Arlen Specter is right ("Way out of courts' gridlock," May 23): We need to make greater use of mediation and arbitration. Although there is some use of both now, we should do what a number of jurisdictions have done: make mediation mandatory in all cases before you have the right to a jury trial. In my former practice in Missoula, Mont., this was a requirement, and 85 percent of all cases were settled. Imagine what that would do for our backlog.
NEWS
May 23, 2011
By Arlen Specter With the U.S. Senate's judicial confirmation process choked by filibusters and gridlock, the federal courts in Pennsylvania are riddled with vacancies. In Harrisburg's district alone, half the judgeships are open - even though Sen. Bob Casey and I made recommendations to fill those seats, as well as vacancies in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh districts, almost a year ago. Alexis de Tocqueville was correct more than 150 years ago when he said almost every controversy in the United States seems to wind up in court.
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By Ahmed El-Haj, Associated Press
SAN'A, Yemen - The head of a coalition of Persian Gulf countries seeking to broker an end to Yemen's political crisis gave up Wednesday and left the country, opposition and government leaders said. Yemen is reeling from three months of street protests demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh after more than three decades in power. The Gulf Cooperation Council sought to mediate a deal for Saleh to leave power in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Saleh snubbed the deal last month, prompting a visit from the coalition's head, Abdul-Latif al-Zayyani, to try to break the impasse.
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