A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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Southeastern Community College v. Davis, 442 U.S. 397, 99 S.Ct. 2361 (1979). Held that a person was "qualified" only if she could, with her hearing disability, performed essential functions of her position.
Bragdon v. Abbott, U.S. 118 S.Ct. 2196 (1998). Court addressed for the first time the question of what constitutes a disability, in the context of alleged discrimination in a public accommodation. Court found that reproduction is a major life activity, and that HIV substantially limited this major life activity.. In this case, the Court also addressed the question of proof that a disabled person poses a direct threat to the safety of others.
School Board of Nassau City v. Arline, 480 S.Ct. 273 (1987). School teacher with TB was improperly dismissed. While the Rehabilitation Act does not protect an individual who posed "a significant risk of communicating an infectious disease to others," this determination must be based on medical or other objective scientific evidence, not simply on a good faith belief that a significant risk existed.