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Whole Foods Accused Of Harassing Muslim Employee, Forcing Him To Pray By The Dumpster

Yuppy-haven supermarket Whole Foods has always carefully maintained a public image of embracing diversity. That polished exterior was tarnished in August when the corporation caved to the Islamophobic rants of conservatives, and told all its U.S. stores not to promote Ramadan this year.

Now a former employee is suing Whole Foods, alleging that he was harassed and ultimately terminated because of his Islamic faith. Supervisors turned on him when they learned he was making the traditional Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, and the situation got so bad that 24-year-old Glenn Mack had to resort to praying by the dumpsters outside the store

In Ohio, Repeal Of Collective Bargaining Law Could Fuel Democrats For 2012

Ohio voters have overturned Senate Bill 5, the controversial law that stripped public employees of their rights to collectively bargain, by a nearly two-to-one vote. The law, which was the centerpiece of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s legislative agenda and passed by a GOP-dominated state legislature this spring, will no longer be on the books after Tuesday night’s referendum vote.

Julie Taymor Sues ‘Spider-Man’ Producers

Director Julie Taymor sued the producers and her former co-book writer of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on Tuesday, saying they violated her creative rights and haven’t compensated her for the work she put into Broadway’s most expensive musical. She is seeking a minimum of $1 million.

Former Ariz. U.S. Attorney Admits Leaking ‘Fast And Furious’ Memo

Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke came forward Tuesday to take responsibility for his role in leaking a memo used to cast aspersions on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who had blown the whistle to Congress about a botched gun-trafficking operation.

Cost to house a captive at Guantanamo Bay is $800,000

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Guards get combat pay, just like troops in Afghanistan, without the risk of being blown up. Some commanders get to bring their families to this war-on-terror deployment. And each captive gets $38.45 worth of food a day.

Religion and government must not mix in America, experts say

WASHINGTON — The separation of church and state in American public life is essential to ensure that U.S. citizens retain their civil liberties and that the nation retains its exceptionalism in the world, a group of experts told a forum Tuesday at the National Press Club.

As the 2012 election season heats up, the experts voiced concern over the view held by some that the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion, allows religion to be mixed with governance, which they said is incorrect. They said that American exceptionalism stems in no small part from religious liberty.

Flat Taxes Are Big in the Former USSR. Have They Worked?

GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have all introduced proposals for flat taxes, which aim to tax everyone at the same rate. The idea is to simplify the tax code, getting rid of loopholes and reducing entitlements and deductions. Gingrich and Perry have both promised that Americans would be able to file their taxes on a postcard.

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