Microsoft Cracks Down On Xbox Live Homophobia

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Microsoft has made a small but vitally important step forward in improving the overall tone of the online chat and gaming banter within its Xbox Live community

If you have ever played against strangers on Xbox Live then you have most likely been exposed to a whole array of homophobic insults, regularly blasted out by frustrated teens on the gaming service.

And while it is difficult for Microsoft – and its millions of gaming customers on Live – to effectively police the service to weed out this widespread homophobia, the fact that the company has now announced a change to its Code of Conduct for the service, whereby you can describe your sexual orientation as gay, straight, bi, lesbian or transgender – is a major step in the right direction towards trying to inform and educate the many ignorant gamers out there.

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Are Local And State Governments In The U.S. Getting Too Big?

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Local and state governments in the U.S. may be restricting individual rights

“Big Government” has been characterized by those on various sides of the political spectrum as an ever-expanding bureaucracy interfering with individual rights and limiting economic freedoms. Some also believe that small government may pose a similar threat. They charge that state and local governments are guilty of intervening too much in private citizen affairs.

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Saudis Clamp Down on Women’s Gyms

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Many women-only sports clubs and gyms in Saudi Arabia face closure under a government clampdown on unlicensed premises.

Women’s gyms have become popular in the ultra-conservative Muslim country where the sexes are heavily segregated.

But only clubs linked to medical groups can get licences and others will be closed.

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Privacy Concerns Surround FBI And States Expanding DNA Databases

Privacy Concerns Surround FBI And States Expanding DNA Databases 

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Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted. The move, intended to help solve more crimes, is raising concerns about the privacy of petty offenders and people who are presumed innocent.

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The Growing Problem of Wind Rights

The Growing Problem of Wind Rights

Twenty years ago few people would have imagined that they could sell the rights to wind blowing across a field. Today, however, wind rights are becoming a hot commodity and the complicated issues of “wind shadows”, “wind poaching”, and “wind wakes” are beginning to pepper the conversations of legal experts involved in this emerging new industry. (w/pics)

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