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President Lynden Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in April 1968, the same month the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The bill was a major step forward in the Civil Rights Movement, created with the belief that every person has the right to rent or purchase a home. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status or national origin.

But as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, housing discrimination still exists in the United States.

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Fueled in part by the opioid crisis, an increasing number of grandparents and other relatives need to get custody of Hamilton County children and don't have the legal background needed to fill out all the forms. They are now benefiting from Juvenile Court's new Custody and Companionship Clinic which offers free legal help.

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Wending your way through the family court system can be an intimidating experience. If you do not have the money to hire an attorney and must face the process on your own, it can be especially difficult.  

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Creation of a diversity respect program is at the center of a settlement between the Northwest Local School District and four former and current Colerain High School students who sued the district in a federal lawsuit in April, 2014. Plaintiffs claimed violation of free speech rights and discrimination of race.

All students, faculty and administrators will have to participate in the program, which could become a national model.

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A federal judge must decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Colerain High School and the Northwest Local School District violated the free speech rights of four students "when they suspended and expelled them for participating in rap music videos and displaying hip-hop hand gestures in photographs taken outside of school hours and posted to personal social media accounts." The lawsuit also alleges discrimination on the basis of race.

The 57-page complaint begins by stating: