May 7, 2012 |
Men are more likely to look things up on their smartphone than women. Wealthy people are more likely to use their smartphones for real time searches than poorer people. And less than 50% of people over 65 are using their phones for real-time searches, according to new data from the Pew Internet Report. Researchers at the Pew Internet Report asked more than 2,254 Americans ages 18 and older to answer questions about how they used their mobile phones in the last 30 days. For this study , they looked specifically at how people use their phones to answer immediate questions -- what the researchers are calling "just-in-time searches.
April 20, 2010 |
Dealing a setback to the animal rights movement, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down on free-speech grounds an anti-cruelty law that made it a federal crime to sell videos or photos of animals being illegally wounded, killed or tortured. It marked the second time this year that the high court wielded the First Amendment to toss out a law with popular support. The 8-1 ruling overturned the conviction of a Virginia man who sold several dog-fighting videos to federal agents.
March 12, 2009 |
The owners of a California company that distributed videos depicting deviant sexual conduct pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute obscene material. The pleas from Robert Zicari and his wife, Janet Romano, in federal court in Pittsburgh come after a nearly six-year battle over whether the First Amendment protects such videos, which included scenes of simulated rape. Advocates for the couple accused prosecutors of filing the case in western Pennsylvania because the area's "community standards" -- which govern what is obscene, according to the U.S. Supreme Court -- are more conservative than those in California.
June 22, 2008 |
CONFESSION: I can't stop staring at Cindy McCain's chest. It's like a Fourth of July fireworks finale with all those sparkly patriotic pins on her lapel. They seem to be breeding like wild hares in her closet too. Every time she appears at a luncheon or a rally, there's yet another crystal-encrusted brooch. Someone must have told her about the importance of flair. Political flair.
January 20, 2008 |
THE 14 most important words in American democracy, according to Anthony Lewis, are found in the 1st Amendment: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. . . ." Yet it was not until 1931, he points out in "Freedom for the Thought That We Hate," that those words were invoked and enforced by the Supreme Court. Even so, the courts have continued to engage in a long and sometimes rancorous debate over what they actually mean.
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December 20, 2007 |
About 300 former and current Capistrano Valley High students rallied Wednesday in support of a teacher accused of making anti-Christian statements in the classroom. Boosters of James Corbett, an Advanced Placement European history teacher, lined both sides of the street in front of the Mission Viejo campus, chanting "support free speech" and holding signs that read, "He Made Us Think," "Irish Catholic Supports Dr. Corbett" and "Who Would Jesus Sue?"