October 30, 2013 |
“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,” is one of those famous aphorisms often mistakenly attributed to Sigmund Freud, who was keenly interested in all forms of sexual expression, especially the unconscious. But the founder of psychoanalysis would have met his match in a Pennsylvania school board that is really, really interested in boobies. In a 7-1 vote, the Easton Area School District voted on Tuesday night to ask the United States Supreme Court to decide whether a bracelet carrying the message, “I (heart)
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September 18, 2013 |
High-diving seabirds known as blue-footed boobies have been popping up all over Southern California and as far north as Marin County in recent weeks. Bird-watchers are intrigued and delighted by the boobies, which rarely venture north of Imperial County's Salton Sea, but some experts wonder what it might mean, environmentally. Members of the large bluish-gray species with a long serrated beak, absurdly short legs and bright blue webbed feet have been spotted more than 30 times recently.
August 23, 2013
Re “The 'boobies' boo-boo,” Opinion, Aug. 21 Roger Weaver writes a clear and compelling piece explaining why the court made it more difficult for schools, but he misses the point entirely. The school, teachers and administrators missed a teaching opportunity when they sought suspension as the means of correction for the two middle school girls who wore the bracelets. Why didn't the school counsel these girls to make a more formal and more appropriate statement about the need for breast cancer research?
August 6, 2013 |
A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania has awarded a victory to some middle-school girls who were disciplined for wearing rubber wristbands with the message “I [heart] boobies! (Keep a Breast).” The bracelets were a lighthearted attempt to raise awareness about breast cancer, but school officials weren't amused. “Boobie” wristbands now join black armbands as forms of symbolic speech by schoolchildren that are protected by the 1stAmendment. In the landmark 1969 case of Tinker v. Des Moines School District, the Supreme Court upheld the right of children to wear black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. That decision contains this famous - and to school administrators notorious - statement: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” The court ruled that schools could suppress student expression on controversial issues only if it “materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others.” If the only case on the books were Tinker, lawyers for the Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania probably would have advised their clients not to fight the schoolgirls in court.
January 8, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - James E. Holmes acted with precision as he amassed weapons and ammunition and set up his apartment with explosive booby-traps to siphon authorities from the deadly shooting rampage he planned at a suburban movie theater, the prosecution alleged Tuesday, the second day of the suspected gunman's preliminary hearing. The hearing has offered the deepest look at the prosecution's case against Holmes, 25, charged with 166 criminal counts in the July 20 rampage at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
November 21, 2012 |
"After guiding in the islands for 22 years, the Galapagos still surprise me," naturalist guide and field guide author Luis Die writes in a blog post about Ecuador' s famous islands. He has seen common and rare species of wildlife and continues to hunt for new ones. Die will lead two cruises to the Galapagos Islands in January for Mountain Travel Sobek -- one to the east islands, the other to the west islands -- that focus on wildlife like the blue-footed boobies and iguanas that begin to reproduce around that time of year.