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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1995 |
Eighty-five-year-old Abraham Abramson slipped through a door left open by a repairman three weeks ago at the West Los Angeles Homes board and care facility in Mar Vista. He headed in the direction of where his wife lives. They had been together for 60 years until she became ill recently and could no longer take care of him. An hour later, bewildered and confused, he entered a bank. Someone noticed a bracelet on his wrist with the words Alzheimer's Assn. Safe Return on it and an 800 number.
November 30, 1990 |
A car thief confined to his home by an electronic ankle bracelet still managed a mini-crime spree, police said today. They said Samuel Santiago, 18, lured a man to his apartment with the promise of a drug deal, then robbed and murdered him. He also robbed a pizza deliveryman in front of his apartment while under the electronic supervision of prison officials, police said.
November 6, 1992 |
Imagine holding a piece of history in your hand, a golden treasure culled from a Spanish galleon that was driven by a hurricane onto the deadly coral reefs off the Florida Keys in 1622. The Nuestra Senora de Atocha, laden with the heaviest consignment of royal and private treasures from the New World, was buried by the forces of nature and shrouded in secrecy by the sea for more than 3 1/2 centuries before being discovered by explorer Mel Fisher in 1985.
March 20, 2005 |
I had been trying for days to get a mental fix on Punta del Este, to figure out just which place it reminded me of. St. Bart's, I had thought at first, choosing the obvious connections of sun, sea and sand, and snippets from the press about which celebrity had been seen where and with whom. But that wasn't entirely it. Italy, was my wife Janice's guess, noting the lasciviously rich blackberry gelati we had eaten, the fact that Uruguayans say " ciao " as goodbye (though they spell it "chau")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1991
Senior citizens can order emergency identification bracelets, helpful in the case of accident or illness, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Orange Senior Citizens Community Center. The Orange Junior Women's Club is coordinating a special program to make the stainless-steel bracelets available to all seniors for $3.25. The bracelets are designed to accommodate five lines of engraved lettering, which may identify the wearer or provide critical medical information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995 |
Jeanne had worn the bracelet for. . . well, she isn't sure how long. At least 20 years. She wore it to bed, she wore it in the shower. "I don't take it off. I mean, I literally don't take it off." Not once in more than 20 years? "Once it got caught on something," she recalled, "and it's bendable, and it came off." Jeanne took the pledge seriously. It was a POW-MIA bracelet, a silver talisman of concern and hope from the Vietnam War.
October 30, 2013 |
In 1969, in a case involving children who were disciplined for wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court ruled that students don't "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. " Now the court is being asked to take a case that could be a vehicle for rolling back that decision, known as Tinker vs. Des Moines School District. The new case also involves apparel -- rubber bracelet s bearing the message "I ♥ boobies !
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.