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  11th Circuit: State can't force students to stand for Pledge
  But panel agrees with part of statute that allows parents to have ultimate say over whether their children will take part in daily recitation.     07.24.08
 
  3rd Circuit: COPA violates First Amendment
  Unanimous panel says filtering technologies, other parental control tools offer less restrictive way to protect children from inappropriate content online.     07.23.08
 
  N.Y. governor signs bill targeting violent video games
  Critics say new law is unconstitutional, too watered down to accomplish its goal and call legislative effort 'moral preening.'     07.23.08
 
  N. Idaho city to let meeting speakers omit addresses
  Some residents say they fear retribution if they make public comments at City Council meetings.     07.23.08
 
  Rosenberg testimony on verge of public release
  Federal judge signals he will order disclosure of most transcripts in notorious spy case, but says testimony of Ethel Rosenberg's brother, two other witnesses will remain sealed.     07.23.08
 
  N.C. judge dismisses records suit against state treasurer
  State employees association accused Richard Moore of failing to comply fully with requests for information about pension funds.     07.22.08
 
  N.Y. threatens Comcast if it doesn't block access to child porn
  Attorney general's office says agreement cable industry signed is weak when it comes to eliminating newsgroups — where illegal images can proliferate.     07.22.08
 
  Legislation, lawsuits seek to shine light on private prisons
  By Melanie Bengtson Congress is mulling bill to make private institutions that house federal inmates subject to FOIA, while ACLU, Prison Legal News are suing for access to records.     07.21.08
 
  Mo. campaign-contribution limits repealed
  For second time in past two election cycles, governor signs legislation removing state caps on political donations.     07.20.08
 
  Judge: Detroit mayor's lawyers can't ask reporters about sources
  Meanwhile, separate court rules that previously unreleased text messages in criminal case against Kwame Kilpatrick, former top aide will remain sealed.     07.19.08
 
  Mich. Supreme Court nixes 2 campus-related FOI requests
  Cases involved disclosure of public-employee names, police report on assault in dorm room.     07.17.08
 
  House OKs bill seeking more access to spy secrets
  Measure, which authorizes intelligence budget for next year, also includes provision barring money from being used to discourage such phrases as 'jihadist' or 'Islamo-fascism.'     07.17.08
 
  YouTube, Viacom agree to mask viewer data
  Deal will allow video-sharing site to preserve user anonymity when it hands over viewership records in $1 billion lawsuit accusing it of enabling copyright infringement.     07.16.08
 
  NYC sets formal film-permit rules
  City adopts regulations after years of relying on loose guidelines that civil liberties advocates said were too vague.     07.16.08
 
  Prof, college reach settlement after 'Adam and Eve' incident
  Steve Bitterman was fired by Iowa community college after telling students the biblical story should not be taken literally.     07.16.08
 
  3rd Circuit upholds dismissal of anti-gay activists' lawsuit
  Three-judge panel says that while protesters had First Amendment right to demonstrate at 2004 gay street festival in Philadelphia, they didn't have right to drown out speakers.     07.16.08
 
  Mo. court dismisses e-mail lawsuit against governor
  Judge puts ruling on hold for 10 days to give special investigators seeking access to messages from Gov. Matt Blunt's office opportunity to amend case.     07.15.08
 
  D.C. Circuit tosses White House appeal on visitor logs
  Three-judge panel says issuing decision in case at this time would be 'premature' because government has not yet been ordered to release any records.     07.14.08
 
  Inmate can be denied sexually explicit materials, judge rules
  Colorado prisoner sued after mailroom withheld publications, but federal district judge finds no constitutional rights were violated.     07.14.08
 
  Judge refuses to gag Kansas doctor's defense
  Ruling says government failed to show compelling interest in restraining free speech.     07.14.08
 
  Redskins win latest round in nickname dispute
  Federal judge rules on technicality, emphasizes that decision doesn't address whether NFL team's nickname is racially offensive.     07.14.08
 
  Tenn. Confederate-flag controversy set for Aug. trial
  By David L. Hudson Jr. Former student contends he was improperly suspended for wearing T-shirt, belt buckle bearing the controversial symbol.     07.11.08
 
  House votes for tighter controls over White House e-mail
  Bush administration responds with veto threat, saying measure would hamper presidents, staffs excessively.     07.11.08
 
  Wis. high court: Economic group is subject to state sunshine laws
  Justices also rule in separate case that government officials must hand over information from closed meetings as evidence in lawsuits.     07.11.08
 
  Student journalists sue Ga. college over budget cuts
  Lawsuit accuses Armstrong Atlantic State University of retaliating against campus paper for stories, editorials criticizing school.     07.10.08
 
 

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