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March 27, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider reviving part of a new federal law that makes it a crime to send computer messages that offer child pornography, even when no pornography exists. Last year, a federal appeals court in Atlanta struck down the provision on free-speech grounds and said it reached too far.
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NATIONAL
March 20, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
High school students may have a right to free speech, but that does not include the freedom to unfurl a banner promoting "bong hits" during a school activity, the Supreme Court was told Monday. An unusual case from Alaska tests whether principals and teachers can punish students for banners, buttons or other messages that conflict with the goals and policies set by school officials. During Monday's argument, former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth W.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Investigators said Wednesday that there was not enough evidence to show that Yahoo Inc.'s Hong Kong branch provided private information that helped convict a Chinese reporter accused of leaking state secrets. The case raised questions about whether Internet companies should cooperate with governments that deny freedom of speech and frequently crack down on journalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to suspend a high school dress code that was challenged by a student who had worn a T-shirt with anti-gay language. Tyler Chase Harper sued the Poway Unified School District in 2004 to overturn a policy calling for schools to reduce or prevent "hate behavior," including threats and attacks based on sexual orientation. Harper had been pulled from class for wearing a T-shirt that read "Homosexuality is shameful" on the front and "Be ashamed.
WORLD
March 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Police clubbed protesters and dragged them into waiting buses Saturday in response to a demonstration against the Kremlin in the heart of President Vladimir V. Putin's hometown. Several thousand members of liberal and leftist groups chanted "Shame!" as they marched down St. Petersburg's main avenue to protest what they said was Russia's rollback from democracy. The demonstration, called the March of Those Who Disagree, was a rare gathering of the country's often fractious opposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2007 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
If a "Snakes on a Plane" sequel is ever filmed at John Wayne Airport, actor Samuel L. Jackson had better watch his tongue -- unless a potty-mouthed dance student wins a free-speech lawsuit filed against Orange County this month. Last summer, Elizabeth Venable of Riverside was cited for disorderly conduct after she allegedly yelled numerous obscenities to a friend while exiting the airport's baggage claim area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2007 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
The most important free speech case now before the California Supreme Court carries neither the heft of the Pentagon Papers nor the emotion of Nazis seeking to march in Skokie, Ill. In fact, the figure at the center of the case, a Christian evangelist in Newport Beach, makes a highly unlikely 1st Amendment hero.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal court Friday to unseal secret documents filed by the Bush administration in support of its warrantless domestic surveillance program. The administration announced last week that it was suspending the electronic surveillance program and says the ACLU case challenging its constitutionality should therefore be dismissed. It has filed some of its arguments under seal, preventing the ACLU from seeing them.
WORLD
January 20, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Until two years ago, the eloquent editor of Turkey's only Armenian language newspaper was barely known to many in Los Angeles' vast Armenian American community. But when Turkey charged that Hrant Dink's uncompromising stories had insulted that nation's identity, the iconoclastic resident of Istanbul quickly gained notice. So his assassination Friday stunned and saddened those who had known him for years and many who had only recently learned his name.
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