March 10, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to get involved in a Pennsylvania case over whether students can wear a bracelet saying “I (heart) Boobies!” as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. By refusing to consider the case, the nation's top court left in place a lower appeals court decision striking down a ban on the bracelets imposed by Easton Area School District, which argued that the bracelets were lewd. “The First Amendment protects schools as a space where students are free to discuss important issues like breast cancer and talk about their bodies in positive terms,” stated Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which represented the students.
December 17, 2010 |
Two Pennsylvania middle-school students testified Thursday in a federal court that they defied a school district ban on the popular "I [heart] boobies!" bracelets because they were proudly standing up for breast cancer awareness. "I think the school took the meaning of the bracelets out of context," said Brianna Hawk, 13, one of two girls suspended in October for wearing the bracelets. Hawk and Kayla Martinez, 12, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said on the stand that they used the word "boobies" at home to refer to breasts and considered it harmless slang.
November 20, 2010
The wisdom of the 1st Amendment has guided this nation through portentous and contentious debates. It has established judicial boundaries regarding freedom of the press, censorship, desecration of the American flag and expressions of obscenity. Now it is faced with another controversial test of free speech. The question is: Does the Constitution ? boobies? In the five years since the Keep A Breast Foundation began its campaign to make young people aware of breast cancer, it has sold more than 2 million rubber wristbands inscribed with the words: "I ?
November 15, 2010 |
Breast cancer wristbands usually raise awareness, not trouble. But that’s what happened when two Pennsylvania middle school girls wore theirs to school on Breast Cancer Awareness Day last month. The Allentown Morning Call reports the slogans on the bands – "I (heart) Boobies" on one side and "Keep a Breast" on the other – got the girls suspended for a day and banned from school dances for a month. The girls wore the bracelets, which were later banned by the school, in memory of women they knew who had died from the disease.
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.
December 14, 1990 |
Who cares about the debate over the No. 1 college team? For most football fans, the main issue has been settled--mainly, who gets Floyd of Rosedale. It's Minnesota, of course. The trophy originated 55 years ago when the governors of Minnesota and Iowa wagered a real hog on the outcome of the Gopher-Hawkeye game. (As if the game itself isn't big enough.) Then, rather than pass poor Floyd back and forth every year, a bronze likeness of the blue-ribbon pig was created.