December 16, 2010 |
The titles in one corner of Kinokuniya bookstore in Tokyo's Shinjuku district suggest the kind of themes that manga comics fans crave: romance, feudal-era adventure, betrayal. But above the packed bookshelves a sign reads, "Adult manga. " It's the hard-core content within this genre of comics or cartoons, depicting rape, incest and sex crimes, that lawmakers in Tokyo want to keep out of the hands of minors. The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Wednesday approved an ordinance that makes it illegal to sell or rent sexually explicit manga and anime that "unjustifiably glorifies" violent sexual acts to anyone younger than 18. The law, which goes into effect next year, also bans images of fictional characters that appear to be underage and are engaging in sexual acts.
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March 9, 2013 |
The brightly colored vans advertising "Topless Maids $99" caused a stir in Burbank last year when they were seen parked on city streets for days on end, prompting officials to publicly denounce them as eyesores and visual blight. Last week, the City Council voted to ban vehicles whose main purpose is advertising. There are some exemptions, such as pizza and mail delivery vehicles. "What we're capturing with this ordinance is those signs that are bolted to a van, leaned against a van, trailers that are unhitched and left in the public right of way," Deputy City Planner Patrick Prescott said at Tuesday's meeting.
January 19, 2010 |
Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican Republic winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field. Offerman, a former All-Star shortstop with the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox and manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Reyburn in the face or neck with a fist during a playoff game Saturday against the Cibao Giants. Reyburn fell to the ground. The Dominican league's president, Leonardo Matos Berrido , announced the ban Monday.
October 2, 2009 |
In an effort to curb accidents caused by distracted driving, the Obama administration has banned federal employees from text messaging while driving and said it would consider new restrictions on cellphone use by rail, truck and bus drivers. President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday night banning federal employees from text messaging while driving on the job or in a government-owned vehicle. The order was announced Thursday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at a two-day summit in Washington on distracted driving.
January 30, 2013 |
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned 12 rodent poisons made by the United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because the products failed to abide by safety regulations, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency said in a statement it has worked with rodent poison makers to ensure they comply with safety standards, but Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of other products such as Woolite laundry detergent and Clearasil face wash, has refused to abide by regulations. The British company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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May 17, 2012 |
The Grove shopping center became the unlikely battleground in the debate over gay marriage after it banned boxer Manny Pacquiao from the mall in response to an interview he gave in Los Angeles. The ban led to a day of dueling statements, denunciations and backtracking. Some news organizations erroneously quoted the boxing champion as saying gay men should "be put to death. " That prompted the management of the Grove to issue a terse statement Tuesday evening that Pacquiao was persona non grata at the L.A. shopping center despite a scheduled television interview with Extra, which regularly films at the popular outdoor mall next to the Original Farmer's Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue.
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May 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the right of cities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Although voters or the Legislature may decide to adopt "a different approach" in the future, nothing in the current laws restricts the right of local governments to declare dispensaries a nuisance that must be prohibited, the court said. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the court's ruling and what it means for California medicinal users with Times reporter Maura Dolan.
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October 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Bob Blumenfield left the state Assembly for the Los Angeles City Council more than three months ago, but he left behind some unfinished business. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that Blumenfield introduced as a legislator that will help cities, including his own, crack down on unlawful mobile advertising displays. Cities including Los Angeles, Burbank, San Francisco and West Hollywood have banned mobile billboard advertising displays. Blumenfield's AB 1253 adds civil penalties to the list of punishments a local government can establish by ordinance on the illegal mobile billboards.
February 23, 1989 |
The Wilmette Village Board has voted unanimously to become the fourth municipality in Illinois to ban the sale and possession of handguns. The measure adopted Tuesday night takes effect in 90 days.
August 23, 2012 |
A verdict has been reached in the patent-infringement battle between Apple and Samsung, but not in the United States. Instead, as part of a multibillion-dollar global patent fight between the two technology heavyweights, a South Korean court ruled Friday that both companies had infringed on each others patents and banned the sale of some Apple and Samsung products in the country. Both sides will have to pay limited damages. The split decision was handed down by a three-judge panel in Seoul Central District Court, which ruled that Apple had infringed two Samsung technology patents and Samsung had violated one of Apple's, according to the Wall Street Journal . The product ban does not affect the companies' recently released gadgets.