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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging at least $1 million in grants to help groups that serve victims of sexual assault in Baltimore after the Justice Department found the police department's responses to sexual assault "grossly inadequate."

The Republican governor said Thursday that the money represents immediate action to improve services to victims.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities say 12 people have been arrested while protesting a police conference in Baltimore.

Dozens of protesters gathered Sunday outside a hotel, where the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police is holding its biennial conference this week.

The Baltimore Police Department said in a statement that several of the protesters entered the hotel, chained themselves to a railing and blocked the escalator. Police say the protesters were arrested and charged with trespassing after refusing to leave.

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Frustration has boiled over with a group of Delaware’s African American leaders who have been dissatisfied with the response by Governor Jack Markell to allegations of racism in state government.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Faith in Action Coalition said last week that they have lost faith in Markell to confront the issue.

Over the last year the group has gotten testimony from around 200 state workers of color who claim that they have faced discrimination.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge says a transgender teen shouldn't be blocked from using the boys' bathroom while the school board pursues an appeal in the student's discrimination lawsuit.

The school board immediately filed another appeal.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar ordered the Gloucester County School Board in June to let Gavin Grimm use the boys' bathroom while the court considers his case.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Chancery Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Delaware State Police by a woman who runs a towing company.

Katharine Morris of First State Towing claimed in the lawsuit that state officials unlawfully excluded her in selecting companies for towing assignments, favoring male-owned businesses instead.

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The family of Jeremy McDole is suing the city of Wilmington after he was shot to death by police while in a wheel chair because he was paralyzed with a gun by his side.

The suit alleges that the deadly shooting result of racial discrimination claiming that if McDole had been white police might not have shot him.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the 28-year McDole was shot a number of times by four officers three of whom were white and the fourth was Hispanic.  

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pocomoke City officials and law enforcement charging racial discrimination.

The suit was brought by former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, the town’s first black chief, along with former Officer Franklin Savage and Lt. Lynell Green who is still on the force.

They claim that they faced discrimination and retaliation during their time on the force.

The Pocomoke City manager Ernie Crofoot told WBOC that he was reviewing the lawsuit and would not have any comment.

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The new Labor Secretary in Delaware has gotten high praise from a coalition of ministers and the NAACP after accusations have swirled around agency of racist atmosphere in the agency.

Patrice Gilliam-Johnson is African American and has known Governor Jack Markell for decades.

She is chairwoman of the Organizational Dynamics program at Wilmington University.

The appointment comes after 73 year-old John McMahon announced his retirement as his agency faced accusations of racism in a report by the coalition of ministers.

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Discrimination against state employees was the subject of a closed door meeting yesterday between Governor Jack Markell and a coalition of Delaware leaders from the African American community.

They presented him with a report drawn from testimony by state employees that says there is rampant racism within state government.

The Wilmington News Journal says that the report makes six recommendations on how agencies deal with discrimination in the office.

Last year, the group took testimony from around a 100 state workers across Delaware.

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The discrimination lawsuit against the Wicomico County Public School system is finally over.

The suit brought by Stacy Messick and Stephanie Moses saw the judge in the case issue a summary judgment for the school board in September.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the school district issued an email noted that the case is no longer pending.

The paper reports that attempts to contact the plaintiffs’ lawyer were unsuccessful.

The two said they complained about the alleged discrimination and that their work environment became worse.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed against Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore claims contracts for the construction of the casino were not sufficiently awarded to minority businesses, even though the project received federal housing funds earmarked for that purpose.

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Settlement talks are scheduled in a lawsuit filed by a former white university cabinet member against the historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an agreement has been reached over discovery evidence as a precursor to the settlement discussions between the university and Ronald Nykiel.

The settlement discussions followed the judge’s denial of a motion by the university to dismiss the case.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees and the costs of the legal action.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A coalition of pastors and the NAACP that is investigating accusations of discrimination in state government is beginning to seek testimony at hearings in Kent and Sussex counties.
 
The Wilmington News Journal  reports that the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a coalition of churches in the Dover area, and the Central Delaware NAACP have joined black pastors in New Castle County to conduct the hearings starting Tuesday.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is issuing statewide guidelines to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement based on race, gender and other characteristics.

Frosh has scheduled a Tuesday news conference about the initiative. He says the guidelines are similar to ones issued in December by the U.S. Justice Department, which called on states to adopt their own. Frosh says Maryland is the first state to issue its own guidance.

He says it goes further than current Maryland law, but departments would have to adopt the policies.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Towson University football player who suffered a near fatal heatstroke two years ago cannot be prevented from rejoining his team on the field.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled Friday that the university must allow 22-year-old lineman Gavin Class to start practice Aug. 9 with the rest of the team.

Class filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the university in May after Towson barred him from outdoor practices with the team, citing the severity of his earlier injury.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is holding its first public forum since the agency began an investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has habitually violated the civil rights of Baltimore's citizens.
 
The Justice Department held the forum Thursday at the University of Baltimore Law School, where residents were invited to speak individually with agency attorneys about their experiences with the police.
 

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With the Baltimore riots fading from national view Delamrva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders the word discrimination.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - One Delaware county is barring government-funded travel to Indiana over a new religious-objections law that has raised concerns that gays and lesbians could face discrimination.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon signed an executive order Wednesday, saying the county is reviewing travel plans for all employees. Gordon says he's not aware of any upcoming government trips to the state, but the order was meant to send a message.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
 
The measure proposed by Sen. Donald McEachin, a Henrico County Democrat, was approved by the Republican-controlled General Laws and Technology Committee on an 8-7 vote. Republican Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier County joined minority Democrats in support of the bill.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and Community Legal Aid Society are targeting Delaware's charter school laws, saying they violate the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.
 
The two groups filed a complaint Wednesday with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education against the state and the Red Clay school district in northern Delaware. It alleges Delaware's charter school law and policies have significantly contributed to the resegregation of public schools.
 

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A Pocomoke City police officer charges he endured racial discrimination and harassment when he was part of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team.

Franklin Savage is African American and served for two years on the team which investigates drug crimes.

Savage says the harassment included the use of the n-word as well as a racially hostile work environment.

WBOC reports that he filed a complaint in July with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which charges the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office with discrimination based on race as well as retaliation.

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The entry policies of the Northbeach bar in Dewey Beach are being questioned after 32 year old Michael Brown claimed that he and other African American males were denied entry one evening.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a video posted on Facebook shows some white patrons were also denied that night.

Eventually, Brown was allowed in.

Alex Pires who owns the bar said he was there that night and gave instructions to his doormen to try to keep an even ratio between men and women patrons.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short.

Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded Sunday that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

The bill would ban discrimination against transgender people on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear a Frederick County immigration enforcement dispute.

The high court said Monday it won't hear the county's appeal of a ruling last August by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The dispute now goes back to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for further proceedings.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill to prevent discrimination against people who are transgender.

The Senate voted 32-15 on Tuesday for the measure.

It aims to stop discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants.

There were 31 Democrats who voted for the bill and one Republican. There were 11 Republicans who opposed the bill, and four Democrats.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates

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Zachery Tyndall, a former paramedic with the Berlin Fire Company is suing them for $8 million alleging harassment and discrimination in U.S. District Court.

His lawsuit names his former employer and four individual members of the fire company as defendants.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that court documents charge that the defendants believed that Tyndall was gay and repeatedly called him homosexual slurs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on a bill aimed at protecting transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity.

Tuesday's scheduled House vote could be the final legislative hurdle for the bill, which was approved by the Senate earlier this month.

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With the Delaware state legislature considering a law that would prohibit discrimination against transgender men and women, we reprise the AP award winning series by Jamyl Krempel. In part one, what is it like to discover that your sexual identity is not what most people might think.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate could soon vote on a bill aimed at protecting transgender people in Delaware by outlawing discrimination based on gender identity.

After a public hearing Wednesday, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the bill could be ready for a floor vote as early as Thursday.

The legislation defines gender identity as "a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth."

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill outlawing discrimination in Delaware based on gender identity has been filed in the state legislature.

The bill, filed Wednesday, adds gender identity to the existing list of protected non-discrimination categories, including race, age, marital status, creed, color, sex, handicap, sexual orientation and national origin.

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