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John F. Kennedy

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US Supreme Court Decides Stump v. Sparkman

Stump v. Sparkman is the leading US Supreme Court decision on judicial immunity. It involved an Indiana judge who was sued by a young woman whom he had ordered to be sterilized. The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, reversed a previous Court of Appeals ruling, announcing a test for deciding when judicial immunity should apply, and holding that the judge could not be sued. What were the circumstances of the case?



Toyota Prius

The award-winning Toyota Prius is the world's first commercially mass-produced and marketed hybrid automobile. Toyota's goal for the Prius was to reduce the amount of pollutants it produced and to increase its energy efficiency. To achieve this goal, the company reduced the engine's gasoline consumption, added two electric motor/generators, reduced air resistance and road friction, and reduced the car's weight. What US city uses the Prius in its fleet of parking enforcement vehicles?

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Mario Vargas Llosa

Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian novelist and politician. Although his works contain much external realism emphasizing the ugly and grotesque, he often explores the minds of his characters, overcoming barriers of time and space. In his fiction, he paints a portrait of Peruvian society that is both severe and tender. Vargas Llosa was an unsuccessful candidate for Peruvian president in 1990; he described the vagaries of his campaign in what work?

Last updated on Wednesday, 28th March 2007

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