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There are various processes for resolving disputes including power, litigation, arbitration, and various styles of mediation. Each has its role and its skilled practitioners. These processes may end the conflict but not resolve the underlying causes of the dispute. Facilitative mediation provides the possibility of acceptable solutions to all parties in a dispute and an opportunity for healing and rebuilding relationships. Ideally it addresses the…

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FootballReid, Chiefs agree on deal — Andy Reid officially became the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. The longtime Eagles coach signed a five-year deal, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the terms of the contract. The Chiefs have scheduled an introductory press conference…

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• NBA players, owners meet with mediator: NBA labor talks stretched into the wee hours this morning as players and owners met with a federal mediator, hoping to deliver the progress Commissioner David Stern says is needed to avoid canceling more games. Both sides met for more than 14 hours, their longest negotiating session since owners locked out players when the old collective bargaining agreement…

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• NFL, union hold first session with mediator: The NFL and its players union has met for about six hours with a federal mediator in Washington, D. C. Friday’s session included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith. It is the sides’ first meeting in front of George Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a U. S. government…