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  N.C. appeals court backs state treasurer in records dispute
  Majority finds State Employees Association failed to specify which documents were being wrongfully withheld by treasurer's office.     11.04.09
  First Amendment, Second Amendment values jostle
  By Allie Diffendal Panel examines newspaper's publication of Tennessee handgun-permit database, effect on gun owners.     11.04.09
  Federal judge sides with artist in college-trademark dispute
  Daniel Moore had argued free-speech, fair-use right to paint, sell scenes of University of Alabama football.     11.04.09
  4 Amish bishops charged with failing to report child abuse
  Lawyer says prosecutors are using overly broad definition of Missouri mandatory-reporter law, which requires ministers who are not engaged in 'privileged communication' to report abuse.     11.04.09
  3rd Circuit rejects Pittsburgh's abortion-clinic access law
  Unanimous three-judge panel finds either set of distance limits could by itself be legal, but that combined, the zones violate First Amendment.     11.03.09
  Scrooge strikes early: Ohio village cancels Christmas parade
  Mayor says logistical problems, lack of sponsor were main reasons for cancellation, but that name change to 'holiday' parade also drew criticism.     11.03.09
  Supporters of sealing Tenn. gun database seek very same records
  AP study finds that list of more than 257,000 handgun-permit holders was recently requested by state Republican Party and direct mail contractor that has done work for GOP.     11.03.09
  Ind. teens punished for racy MySpace photos sue high school
  ACLU, which filed suit, says administrators violated two girls' free speech by banning them from extracurricular activities for posting sexually suggestive photos during their summer vacation.     11.03.09
  Journalism prof claims university violated free speech
  David Demers' federal lawsuit claims Washington State administrators punished him for proposing plan to improve Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.     11.02.09
  Obama administration seeks to block wiretap lawsuit
  Invoking state-secrets privilege, Justice Department says allowing case to proceed would jeoparding intelligence work.     11.02.09
  High court turns away another appeal in fight over Conn. diocese files
  Justices again refuse to stop release of documents generated for sexual-abuse lawsuits against priests in Bridgeport diocese.     11.02.09
  Wash. officials issue new rules after holiday-display debacle
  Prompted by controversy last year over Nativity scene, atheist sign, state issues new guidelines that bar nongovernment displays inside Capitol buildings but allow them outside.     11.02.09
  Calif. AG spokesman admits secret recordings of reporters
  Communications director in Jerry Brown's office placed on administrative leave after apparent legal violation.     11.02.09

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