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1. Enact Probable Cause in United States Public K-12 Schools

Implementing a probable cause standard would decrease racial bias in schools. Probable cause reduces bias and discrimination against students of color, since a warrant must be obtained before carrying out the search, as opposed to a standard of reasonable suspicion--where no warrant is required for a search to occur and school administrators may search whomever they suspect, which disproportionately is minorities.

According to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in March of 2014, African American students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times point six times greater than that of white students. In Ohio, African American students are thirteen point three times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white students, therefore students in these schools are over four times more likely to be suspended or expelled compared to the rest of the nation-- this is according to the Kirwan Institute in February 2014. The University of Columbia explains that generally, minorities receive harsher and more severe punishments than white students for committing the same offenses.

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, as a result of racial discrimination, colored students can experience severe psychological trauma and feel criminalized for their ethnicity-- and as a result, racialized communities face a lack of minority representation in public offices and committees because they feel as though their voices do not matter in the grand scheme of things. In schools, minorities are racially targeted and punished significantly more than their white peers, and carry their experiences of racial profiling into their adult lives. Schools are where our country’s next generation learn the ways of the world-- a standard of reasonable suspicion will engender and continue the persisting racism in our schools and, consequently, society as a whole.

As stated by the National Education Association in March 2011, a standard of reasonable suspicion makes it much easier for the school district to enact harsher punishment policies for students, which usually come in the form of zero-tolerance policies. In these cases, minor infractions are dealt severe punishments. Zero-tolerance policies have been enacted in many schools across the country, leading to criminalization of students, even for the smallest of offenses, such as bringing cough drops or nail files to school. This increase in suspensions leads to increased criminalization of minorities in particular, as explained in our racial bias contention. The Ontario Human Rights Commission further details that, after experiencing this, students of color learn to distrust laws and the school system that criminalizes them. They are at an academic disadvantage compared to their white peers and become unlikely to achieve the same level of academic successes. Furthermore, when students are sent to juvenile detention centers, the quality of the education they receive drops drastically, which results in some students not receiving an adequate education and cannot contribute to society.

According to the University of Indiana, our nation’s schools are becoming a gateway to the adult criminal justice system. Criminalization of students in schools leads to a poor learning environment and develops an inherent distrust among students for both the nation’s laws and the school system, which reduces learning and productivity for not only the perpetrators, but disrupts the education for uninvolved students as well. This leads to students growing up and failing to become productive and law-abiding members of society.

Once suspended, students are more liable to become repeat offenders-- and this translates into their adult lives as well. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, students, and disproportionately minorities, who face criminalization in schools are much more likely to commit criminal offenses as adults. In fact, as stated by PBS in 2013, 68% of all males in state or federal prison do not have a high school diploma. This evidence simply cements the notion that a standard of reasonable suspicion creates distrust in students and pushes these students into a later life of criminal offenses.

This is the school-to-prison pipeline, and it is a detriment to society, the economy, and our younger generation. Reasonable suspicion only exacerbates the issue, and causes more students to enter the pipeline. A probable cause standard would alleviate the racial bias on minorities in schools, allow them to continue their education and thrive, and become fully-functioning members of society.

2. Save Our Helipad - Coomba Park

A proposal as been put forward to demolish the Coomba Park Emergency Helipad on the NSW Mid Coast and to construct a Chapel in its place.

The Helipad, while only used several times a year by the Emergency services, is a critical piece of life and property saving community infrastructure, essential to the residents and visitors on and around the south and western shores and hinterland of Wallis Lake.

The Helipad provides a crucial landing area for Medical Helicopters in our remote region and its removal could see seriously ill or injured patients having to travel up to one and a half hours in an Ambulance rather than a 20 minute flight while being monitored by a Doctor.

The Helipad is also used by Rescue and Fire Fighting helicopters in times when bush fires in our rural setting threaten the property and lives of not just those who visit and live here, but also those on the ground who are trying to protect us.

3. The search for missing Sandy Davidson

My brother went missing from boutreehill irvine on April 1976. At the time of his disappearance boutreehill was a new estate getting built. Broomlands primary school was in the middle of being built & has recently been knocked down.

I am looking to get a full search of the area done before they start building again.

4. Bring The old Myspace back!

Remember the old Myspace? Searching local bands? No horrible lag? Friends lists that worked? Working IM's? Actually making your own layouts with no silly modules and lagging, forceful layout options?

We do, too! Myspace was the forefront for social and musical expansion. Corporate interference has taken that all away. It was the ONLY place musicians had and could have again to branch out.

Myspace, get rid of the new, silly design and bring back the good ol' days. Simple layout, basic HTML editable design. We miss it.

Facebook is a HORRIBLE alternative to what Myspace used to be. Give our social site back!

5. Restore the Option to Turn Off Search Suggestions in Google

Since September 9, 2010, Google's search suggestions (also called "AutoComplete") were automatically enabled by default. The option to toggle the suggestions was replaced with Google Instant - once you type something, the results will pop up without having to click the Search button or press the Enter key.

Many users were getting irate that their Web activity will be disrupted by those search suggestions. One of Google's employees stated that their company's reason for making AutoComplete mandatory by default is keeping with their vision of a "unified search experience," but not to maintain different versions of the website.

However, back in its early years, Google had simplicity and functionality in mind; there was no need for such outlandish, "automated" features.

6. Restore YouTube's Option to Turn Off Search Suggestions

Recently, whenever I search at YouTube, query suggestions pop up. At first I had the option to turn search suggestions off, but later on they are automatically enabled with absolutely no way of disabling them. Parent company Google has that option of disabling search suggestions, but only on its own website. YouTube is different. Some users there want to search videos their own way; when they see the suggestions box, sometimes they get distracted.

YouTube users are NOT morons. They have their own way of searching videos. Search suggestions should not be mandatory!

7. Stop the new Yahoo homepage

The popular internet service company Yahoo! Inc. has recently begun testing a redesign of their web site. This is an unwelcome change and it is being forced on a unwilling and unsuspecting public.

This petition is a simple one, with one single goal. To stop Yahoo! from testing this new version of their popular internet website and from eventually replacing the current version with this abomination.

To see it for yourself simply type in www.m.yahoo.com on a computer and u will be directed to it. But i do strongly advise against. If you do choose to see it, please proceed with cation. The layout and color scheme is more than enough to bring a man to tears let alone a child or young adult.

8. Stop the Casey Anthony Circus, and get the attention ONLY on finding Caylee Anthony

I am trying to give a voice to missing Caylee Anthony. We have all watched the sad details unfold, but the question still remains "Where is Caylee Anthony?".

My goal is to start a Petition to LIMIT the media focus and attention (circus) that has taken over the entire case, and try to provide more focus on finding baby Caylee Anthony.

I want to STOP the coverage of Casey's every move (what she buys in jail, hugging her lawyer etc) and get the media to try to use their efforts on finding Caylee Anthony and the status of the search's.

We are forced to hear about every move Casey makes, but not ONE move she has made in telling any truth as to where Caylee is, or what happened to her.

Please help me get this to the Media, so EVERYONE'S efforts can be used in finding Caylee. You can not even find a site anywhere on the internet that informs us of the search efforts, or where the search stands. That is pretty sad. Please help me give Caylee Anthony a voice and sign this petition.

And let's give Caylee some positive coverage, like she deserves!!

Thank you. God Bless Caylee Anthony.

9. Where Is Donna?

Our beloved Donna Jou was known to have been last seen with John Steven Burgess on June 23, 2007 at his rental home in Los Angeles, California.

We, Donna's family and friends are asking Mr. John Steven Burgess to please help us in our search for Donna. We ask him (Mr. Burgess) to speak to us in regards of his knowledge of where Donna Jou is.

Donna is a beautiful loved Daughter, Grand Daughter, Sister, Niece, Cousin, Friend and Honor Student. We are asking Mr. Burgess to Please Help Us Bring Donna Home.

10. BRIAR OAKS SECURITY GATE

According to the Briar Oaks Property Management Company, upon installation of the security gates located at the entrance to the community, these gates will only be secured from 7pm until 7am daily, and left open the remainder of each day.

11. Harsher Punishment for Animal Abusers

Deputies uncover dead, neglected animals
By LeAnn Eckroth, Senior Staff Writer

Animal carcasses littered the ground.

Horses were so hungry they were eating their own feces.

Dogs were chained up without food or water.

Authorities discovered the grisly scene this week in rural Grenora and arrested a woman for mistreating animals.

Kim Lester, 41, was released on 10 percent cash to apply toward $2,000 bond Friday on two counts of maltreatment of animals, both Class A misdemeanors.

Lester appeared Friday with her attorney Shane Peterson before Northwest District Judge Gerald Rustad on allegations of mistreatment of numerous horses, livestock and dogs on a farmstead about six miles southwest of Grenora.

According to a report released by the Williams County Sheriff's Office, many of the 84 horses, 50 dogs and 30 birds - turkeys and chickens - were confined to a very small space on the 330 acres of property, and had not received food or water for several days.

Rustad ordered Lester to remove all animals from her property within five days, and to notify law enforcement what is being done with the animals and where they are being placed. She must make arrangements for the animals' proper care.

According Williams County Deputy Verlan Kvande, who headed the investigation, 45 livestock, including horses and cows, were penned into a 50-by-60-foot area, and numerous dogs were staked out throughout the property, chained up without food or water or were confined in small animal carriers in other buildings on the farmstead. The other 40 livestock animals were found in an overgrazed pasture.

"There was one 8-by-10-foot shed with the doors and windows closed that had no ventilation," Kvande said. "It had half a dozen chickens and eight dogs in pet carrier cages. There was a horrendous smell of defecation, urination and chickens. There was no food or water for the dogs. There was some water for the chickens, but it was really moldy .... The smell was overpowering."

After receiving numerous reports about conditions of the farmstead from concerned citizens, authorities investigated and found enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the farm site.

"There were complaints of dead animals in the pasture and mistreatment of animals," said Kvande.

Executing the search warrant on Thursday, Williams County Sheriff deputies and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents who investigated the scene reported finding eight horse carcasses and three dog carcasses in a pasture on the property.

Several animals were found to be in a small pen and unable to move around, or placed in small carriers in three structures on the property.

"A veterinarian who accompanied authorities in the investigation confirmed that there was evidence of neglect and malnourishment of the animals, and it was an extended ongoing pattern," said Lt. Earl Innis of the Williams County Sheriff's Office.

Animals also showed signs of possible staff infection, ringworm and sores, said the veterinarian.

Williams County State's Attorney Nicole Foster, who is prosecuting the case, described the farmstead and conditions of the animals a public health hazard.

"The horses were so hungry, they were eating their own feces," said Deputy Verlan Kvande, who headed the probe. "They had automated watering systems, but they had not been turned on."

During the investigation of the property, deputies and law officers tended to the animals, said Innis. They remained on the scene for over three hours.

Lester was also ordered not to board or possess animals while the court case continues, and the court order also includes a search clause of Lester's property that allows authorities to check for other animals.

"To my knowledge, she has made contacts with humane societies around the state to find shelter for the animals," Kvande said.

If convicted, Lester could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison and $4,000 in fines.

12. Launch Google Blog Search

With hundreds of thousands of servers and world-class search technology Google is in the unique position to create the most powerful blog search engine in the world.

Google also has incredible reach, and having a tab between Web and Images saying "blogs" would create incredible visibility for the independent voices captured by blogs.

For this reason we are asking Google to add a tab blog search tab directly after "Web" search results.

13. Defend II Lt. Ilario Pantano against Injustice

II Lt. IIlario Pantano. Marine Corps. A Hells Kitchen, Manhattannative, Father of two including a four month old daughter, is being brought up on charges of pre-meditated murder when in self-defense he shot and killed Two Iraqi insurgents in the hostile city of Fallujah.

He is facing a Article 32 hearing and if charged could face the Death Penalty. The incident occurred on April 15, 2004. II Lt.Pantano was leading his platoon in a search for weapons and insurgents, to a suspected hide-out/weapons cash near Baghdad. The search yielded several weapons, ammunition, and materials such as nails that could be used to make home-made bombs. During the search, two insurgents ran out of the building and attempted flee the scene in their truck.

The insurgent vehicle was stopped. Lt. Pantano told the men to search the truck themselves, as bombs and booby-traps were suspected. The men began acting nervously and tried to run away. Pantano ordered them both to stop in Arabic, they refused and acting quickly for his and his platoons safety shot them.

Lt. Pantano's commanders conducted an investigation, which valiadted his actions. He continued to serve his tour of duty, then returned to the United States to Camp Lejeune. It was not until an as yet to be named enlisted marine that was under Lt.Pantano's command during the incident, filed a complaint against Lt. Pantano that raised an eyebrow over the April 2004 combat incident. The enlisted man filed the complaint months after the shootings took place.

Sign the petition, Free Pantano
the petition will be sent to President G.W Bush in 15 days.

14. Increase the use of search and rescue teams in Quebec.

In Quebec, there are approximately 89 search and rescue team registered in the National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) of Canada, a branch of the ministry of defence of Canada. Their role is to participate in search and rescue of reported missing persons in forest or in urban zones, in Quebec, the search and rescue groups are under the steering of the Sureté du Quebec, regrettably the S.Q. appeals too late to the teams of specialized volunteers specially to the teams of dog handlers or don't call at all.

15. Find Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison dissapeared almost 12 years ago... now her mother Linda knows who killed her. Linda just wants to give her daughter a proper burial, but Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons has his own Agenda....

16. SAVE "ED" FROM CANCELATION

This is a petition to NBC to keep the television show "ED" on air.

17. Make Web search stop forcing itself onto us!

About a month ago i was searching for something and i somehow ended up at websearch.com. I thought no big deal and i left to search something else. So i typed in my url bar (where my search engine is) and i was expecting to have an msn search come up (my usual search engine) but instead web search came up. It is really stupid and had terrible search results! I read their FAQ's and found that the last one had directions, if you could call them that, on how to unload web search. I tried all the ways and none of them worked! I sent a hate email to them demanding they tell me how to get rid of it. They said excactly what the FAQ said. So i told them that and they said 'we have a phone number people can call for those of you who can't follow directions! can you belive that!? I can follow directions! If you don't want Web search to force itself upon you then sign this petition now!

18. Bring back Cookies'n'Cream Twix Candy Bars

When I was younger my favorite Twix candy bar was cookies'n'cream. I remember them being so difficult to find in the stores, but I would still search and search and was quickly rewarded as soon as I took a bite. I believe that if they brought back the Twix cookie'n'cream candy bars once again, everyone will enjoy them and they will be even more popular than before.

19. Save GU in Florence

This is a petition to fight the Gonzaga University administration in the untimely and unauthoritated removal of Fr. Bruno and Fr. Via from the Gonzaga-in-Florence administration.

20. 911 Phase II

The most recent tragedy that I have found happened January of 2003. Four boys drown when the rowboat that they were in sunk in frigid 33-degree waters of the Long Island Sound, just off the coast of New York City. The boys'; 12-second 911 call came through at 9:58 p.m. on Friday and begins: "We're on the Long Island Sound in a boat off the coast of the City, We're gonna die." The dispatcher entered the boys' call into a log and alerted her supervisor, but did not have enough specific information to enter the report into the police departments system, and did not notify the Harbor unit of what little information they had. The nearest boat or helicopter could have arrived in about 20 minutes. Department Officials said the boys might have died by then, but a U.S. Coast Guard official, Petty Officer Michelle Krupa, said the teens could have survived at least 30 minutes, and perhaps as long as two hours. Nearly a week after the boys' frantic call, the Coast Guard on Thursday called off the search because it was unlikely the teens would still be alive. The NYPD was continuing the search.
New York City's 911- system doesn't include technology that will allow dispatchers to pin point the origin of cell phone calls, as is the case for most cities. This technology is known as Emergency 911 Phase II, and would allow 911 operators to trace the location of an emergency call from a cell phone. Phase II coupled with improvements to state and county 911 Call Centers, is not required by Federal Regulators until 2005, but is available already in some parts of the country. Phase II can only work when local authorities, traditional phone companies, cell phone companies, and Federal regulators synchronize their efforts to produce a cohesive network.
With this conclusion I urge each and every one of you to sign my petition and have Emergency 911 Phase II made mandatory. By signing this petition, we the public can speak out for the lives that have been lost. Without us they have no voice. The FCC needs to put an end to the fighting. There is no reason people should die senselessly when the technology is already there. Money should not be an issue when a life is concerned.