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Thursday August 30th, 2018 night edition

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A 34-year-old man has filed an $800,000 lawsuit against a Albany construction company, claiming the owner fired him after he refused to attend weekly Bible study.

Coleman told Dahl that the requirement was illegal, but Dahl wouldn’t budge, according to the lawsuit.

In order to keep his job, Coleman obliged for nearly six months but ultimately told Dahl he couldn’t go, the suit says.

“He said ‘You’re not going to tell me how to run my own company,’” Coleman continued.

Coleman said his religious beliefs are indigenous: He’s half Caucasian and half Native American, with Cherokee and Blackfoot heritage.

Coleman worked for the small construction company from October 2017 to this past April, when he was fired, the suit states.

Dahl's Albany attorney, Kent Hickam, doesn't dispute that Dahl requires all of his employees to attend Bible study, but says it’s legal because Dahl pays them to attend. »

Microsoft will require suppliers to offer paid parental leave

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History shows that when progressive companies require benefits or policies from their suppliers, it can help increase adoption.

Microsoft's move alone will mean many thousands of new workers getting paid parental leave, as the company has more than 1,000 partners in the U.S.

In a move that could prompt more companies to offer paid parental leave, Microsoft is announcing today that it will require all of its U.S.-based suppliers and vendors with more than 50 employees to offer such benefits. »

Deadline for climate action – Act strongly before 2035 to keep warming below 2°C

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The research also shows the deadline to limit warming to 1.5°C has already passed, unless radical climate action is taken.

“We conclude that very little time is left before the Paris targets [to limit global warming to 1.5°C or 2°C] become infeasible even given drastic emission reduction strategies.”.

To likely limit global warming to 1.5°C in 2100, humanity would have to take strong climate action much sooner. »

How A Teenage Girl Became the Mother of Horror

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Its teenage author, the future Mary Shelley, drew upon her nightmares to come up with a story as challenging as it is chilling.

The group included the poet Lord Byron, his personal physician John Polidori, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Shelley’s teenage lover, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin.

Mary was in her mid-teens, and Shelley was a married man and father of two children. »