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Gay-Bias Ban Helping Revive 'Dead Town' of Vicco, Ky.

AP By Bruce Schreiner VICCO, Ky. -- Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it's basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a place that had long seemed past its... Continue Reading »

Bank of America Hit by Another Discrimination Complaint Over Upkeep of Foreclosed Homes

The vacant property next door to Chicago resident Mae Campbell has cast a pall over her neighborhood of Austin for more than five years. The home, which she said was owned by Bank of America until very recently, has overgrown grass, water damage and boarded-up windows. "We bought locks to chain it up to keep squatters... Continue Reading »

Wells Fargo to Pay $175 Million to Settle Case of Race Discrimination in Mortgage Lending

WASHINGTON -- Wells Fargo & Co has agreed to pay $125 million to resolve allegations it discriminated against certain borrowers on the basis of race and national origin in its mortgage lending, the U.S. government said on Thursday. Wells Fargo also agreed to contribute $50 million to help those buyers making down... Continue Reading »

War Vet Accuses Pacifist Landlady of Discrimination

A Boston National Guardsman is suing a pacifist landlord for allegedly denying him the right to rent an apartment on the basis of his military status, the Boston Herald reports. Sgt. Joel Morgan (pictured below) told the newspaper that his experience has been "like a spit in the face." "For what... Continue Reading »

Consumer Watchdog Agency Eyes Discriminatory Lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced its intention to crack down on discrimination by lenders against women and minorities. On Wednesday the agency -- a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's attempt to reform the nation's financial system -- sent a letter to lenders, which it called "Fair Notice on... Continue Reading »

Report: Minorities a Prime Target of High-Risk Mortgages

Blacks and Hispanics with credit scores higher than 660 received subprime and option adjustable-rate mortgages three times as often as white borrowers in similar financial standing between 2004 and 2008, according to a new study from the Center for Responsible Lending. The center studied the loan quality, borrower... Continue Reading »

The New Face of Housing Discrimination

Not long after University of Chicago systems administrator Vanessa Matthews, 49, separated from her husband, she experienced grave economic hardship. Not only did she lose her estranged husband's income, which had helped pay the $2,539 mortgage payment on the couple's duplex in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, but... Continue Reading »

Lovers, or Just Roomies? HUD to Study Anti-Gay Housing Discrimination

While the U.S. military tries to figure out what to do about "Don't ask, don't tell," the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department is trying to figure out how to conduct a study on anti-gay discrimination in the housing market. Last week, the agency began reaching out to to folks in New York, Chicago and San... Continue Reading »

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