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February 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge substantially reduced the amount of damages a Kansas-based anti-gay group and three of its leading members must pay for their protest at a Marine's funeral in Westminster. In a 52-page decision, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett affirmed the jury's verdict in favor of the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. Albert Snyder successfully sued the church for emotional distress and invasion of his family's privacy after Westboro Baptist Church members waved signs decrying homosexuality at his son's funeral in March 2006.
April 23, 2009 | Seema Mehta
A Kansas-based church known for celebrating at the funerals of American soldiers killed in war plans to protest the staging of the musical "Rent" at an Orange County high school Friday. The Westboro Baptist Church intends to picket at Corona del Mar High as classes let out and as audience members arrive for the play. Counter-protesters also plan to attend.
October 7, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday: Johnny Depp signs on to produce (and potentially star in) a Dr. Seuss biopic. ( The Hollywood Reporter ) Steve Jobs is best known for what he did with Apple, but his legacy can be seen in virtually every corner of Disney, including the resurgence of Walt Disney Animation Studios. ( Los Angeles Times ) Arnold Schwarzenegger opens the Austrian museum dedicated to his life. ( Reuters ) Hank Williams and ESPN's "Monday Night Football" part ways.
March 21, 2013 | By Connie Stewart
The Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., was on lockdown early Friday after an isolated shooting  left one dead at the Officer Candidate School, the base said. The gunman was surrounded after barricading himself in barracks. Base residents were ordered to stay inside and lock their doors. The threat level was boosted to FPCON Delta, the base said on its website and Facebook page . That threat level can describe an active shooter or a terrorist attack. The suspect was believed to be a staff member at the officer candidate school at the base, the Associated Press reported.
September 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Kentucky's law forbidding protests within 300 feet of military funerals and memorial services was suspended Tuesday after a federal judge ruled it was too broad. The law, approved this year, was aimed at members of a Topeka, Kan., church who have toured the country protesting at military funerals. The Westboro Baptist Church claims the soldiers' deaths are a sign of God punishing America for tolerating homosexuality. U.S.
March 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
 Philadelphia police have released dramatic footage of a shooting that left three youths injured and the gunman at large. Police didn't give a possible motive for the Tuesday shooting, which happened just outside a Chinese takeout food store. The video shows a man in gray pants and gray hoodie walking up to the storefront and pulling out a gun. The man repeatedly tries to come inside while at least six people inside, all with their hoodies up, either try to take cover or to slam the door on the gunman.
April 25, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
It was opening night and the 46 students who make up the cast and crew of Corona del Mar High School's production of "Rent: School Edition" were scrambling through a hallway that doubles as a backstage for the school's tiny student theater. Hannah Lindt, 18, made last-minute tweaks Thursday to the costumes she spent months searching for at thrift stores, tearing apart and tailoring to fit just so.
February 9, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Baptist minister who gained national notoriety by picketing the funeral of a gay hate-crime victim in Wyoming plans to bring his message opposing homosexuality to Orange County next month. The Rev. Fred Phelps said he will bring 20 picketers to Laguna Beach City Hall on March 20 to protest a city policy on hate speech. He also plans to picket the Crystal Cathedral, which he condemns for what he says is a policy of accepting gays and lesbians, on March 19.
November 16, 2007
Re "The right to hate," editorial, Nov. 12 The 1st Amendment protects your right to yell "fire," but when you do it under false pretense in a crowded theater, you have stepped beyond the limits of that protection.
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