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Criminal Background Checks

Lawmaker Blasted For Dog Background Checks Idea

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

North Carolina state Rep. Rodney Moore (D-Charlotte) supports background checks -- for dogs. Moore sponsored a failed bill in the state Legislature...

The Second Amendment Is Safe. The American People Are Not.

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The Second Amendment is safe. The American people are not. Criminal background checks are a reasonable and sane way to reduce US gun slaughter while maintaining the right to bear arms.

Schools Requiring Criminal Background Checks For Visitors

Posted 01.25.2013 | Education

Visitors to schools in a suburban Chicago, Ill., district are now required to undergo a background check as part of added security measures in the wee...

5 Stories of Background Checks Gone Awry

Erin Steiner | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Erin Steiner

Background checks are one of those things that have become so ubiquitous in our culture that we very rarely even think about them anymore. Unfortunately, sometimes background checks are just wrong.

40 Seconds and 40 Percent: The Wisconsin Spa Tragedy and the Simple Case for Background Checks

Daniel Gross | Posted 12.25.2012 | Crime
Daniel Gross

Forty seconds is all it would have taken to keep a community and our nation from suffering yet another mass shooting in a place that we should all rightly expect to be safe.

Gene Demby

Obama: Gun Restrictions 'Shouldn't Be Controversial, But Common Sense' | Gene Demby | Posted 07.25.2012 | Black Voices

President Barack Obama called for "common sense" gun restrictions in the aftermath of last week's mass killing in Aurora, Colo., in a speech to a majo...

Wells Fargo Fires Woman For Shoplifting 40 Years Ago

Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Imagine getting fired for a crime you committed not one, not two, not three, but four decades ago. That’s what happened to one Milwaukee woman....

EEOC Updates Civil Rights Protections on Criminal Background Checks for Employment

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Michelle Natividad Rodriguez

The EEOC's timely and necessary update to the guidance sent a strong and clear message about how and why criminal records checks run afoul of Title VII, and what employers can do to meet their business needs without discriminating against qualified job applicants.

Trymaine Lee

Updated EEOC Policy Forces Employers To Give Fair Shot To Ex-Offenders | Trymaine Lee | Posted 04.27.2012 | Black Voices

Kenneth Wilson has been looking for a job for more than two and a half years. But every single job interview that he's had seems to start and end the ...

Janell Ross

Criminal Background Checks Upend Job Search For Some Unemployed | Janell Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

First, the college sent a letter. It welcomed Curtis Andrews, Ed.D, Ph.D, to its adjunct faculty. A few days later, the emails about faculty orien...

Why Colleges Should Run Background Checks on Student Athletes

S. Daniel Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
S. Daniel Carter

Making sure we don't recruit dangerous felons to be student athletes is a common sense piece of the puzzle in protecting campus communities and is something that should be put in place as soon as possible.

Americans Can't Agree on Guns? Wrong.

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael R. Bloomberg

One of the major old assumptions in the media and in Washington is that the gun issue is one that hopelessly divides Americans. But a new poll shows a remarkable consensus among Americans on gun issues.

GOP's Quest for an Honest Man -- Or Even One Without a Shady Past

Ellen Dumm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Ellen Dumm

This year's crop of GOP legislative candidates looks like the Colorado's Most Wanted. In their eagerness to do battle over the legislature, the Colorado GOP leadership confused toughness with thuggery.

Could You or a Loved One End Up Like Elizabeth Smart?

Janet Kinosian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Kinosian

Do you know who enters your home to install a stove-top, carpet, re-model a kitchen, retro-fit your windows? Think about it for a moment. To whom are ...

11 Years After Columbine, It's Time for Congress to Act

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael R. Bloomberg

The Gun Show Loophole is not a theoretical concern. Far too often, these illegal sales made through this loophole are arming criminals, leading to the deaths of innocent victims.

Background Check iPhone App: 'Date Check' App Searches Assets, Criminal Records (VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The soon to be released 'Date Check' is a free app that lets you perform basic background checks on potential mates. While the app itself is free, the...

Between a Rock and a Criminal Background Check

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

If a judge deems an ex-felon reformed enough to limit access to their criminal conviction, why should the Illinois State Police stand in the way?

Obama And McCain: Address Gun Violence In America

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Tonight, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama will debate each other in a town hall at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. This time, unlike...