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Texas board sides with evolution in curriculum debate
Education officials vote to drop 20-year-old requirement that science teachers address both 'strengths and weaknesses' of scientific theory.     01.25.09
Appreciating Richard Seaver, editor of 'bombshell' books
By Caroline Tenenbaum Grove Press editor who died this month was involved in publishing provocative works by Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs and others that ultimately defeated the censors.     01.24.09
Autopsies are subject to public release, says Pa. high court
Justices side with newspapers that sought autopsy report for Easton police officer shot and killed inside headquarters in 2005.     01.23.09
News access issues concern press covering Obama
News outlets question photo restrictions, ask why reporters weren't allowed to use names of administration officials giving background briefing.     01.23.09
Ohio court brings back ban on party ID for judges
Justices vote 5-2 to reinstate prohibition, reversing course just weeks after lifting the ban.     01.23.09
Nashville voters defeat 'English First' proposal
Referendum's leader says he won't 'bring English up again because the people of Nashville have spoken.'     01.23.09
Ill. moment-of-silence law ruled unconstitutional
Federal judge calls act 'a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion.'     01.22.09
Obama orders rollback of government secrecy
On first full day of office, new president moves to open presidential records, change how agencies interpret freedom-of-information law, limit lobbying.     01.22.09
Ky. bill aims to protect student press
If measure passes, state will join at least seven others that have enacted some form of protections for high school journalists.     01.22.09
ACLU accuses Minn. charter school of promoting religion
Lawsuit also claims Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy violates First Amendment by preferring Muslim religion over others.     01.22.09
Unanimous Court sides with union in legal-fees case
Justices agree Maine public employees' union can force non-union government workers to help pay for national litigation.     01.21.09
Daily newspaper sues weekly's columnist for libel
Tulsa World sues Urban Tulsa Weekly's Michael Bates after he claims that daily misled advertisers about circulation figures.     01.21.09
Anti-porn law dies quietly in Supreme Court
Federal law known as COPA, intended to protect children from sexual material online, was passed in 1998 but never took effect.     01.21.09

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