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Pregnant High School Girl Banned from Graduation Ceremony; Defies Ban

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 05/18/2005 @ 12:09 pm

In Montgomery, AL, a pregnant girl was banned from her (Roman Catholic) high school graduation ceremony because of “safety concerns.” Alysha Cosby attended the ceremony anyway, announcing her own name and walking across the stage to cheers from the audience.

The father of Cosby’s baby, also a senior, was allowed, without interference, to participate in the ceremony.

From the Associated Press.

Offensive License Plate Not Offensive

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  • Free Speech
 by Amanda Toering — 05/18/2005 @ 11:55 am

Washington’s Department of Licensing has dismissed a complaint against a personalized license plate that read “John316.” (Previous story.)

“The plate is not offensive under our rules and was never in danger of being canceled,” said Licensing Department Director Liz Luce in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Walter Jones, Sponsor of Library Book Bill, Says ‘Forget Tolerance!’

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 05/18/2005 @ 10:49 am

Walter Jones, sponsor of a House bill that would require parental review boards to approve library book purchases, believes that teaching tolerance to kids is unimportant.


“Children don’t even know what tolerance means,” he said. “Parents who bring children into the world should not feel there’s a social agenda in their schools.”

From the Kinston (NC) Free Press.

Inspector General to Investigate CPB’s Tomlinson

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  • PBS
 by Amanda Toering — 05/18/2005 @ 10:19 am

Current, a newspaper that focuses on public broadcasting, is reporting that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s independent Inspector General has agreed to investigate the actions of CPB chair Kenneth Tomlinson. House Democrats John Dingell and David Obey had requested the investigation.

The Dems allege that Tomlinson broke the law when he hired a consultant to track the political leanings of guests on Bill Moyers’ Now — for the sole purpose of proving the show too liberal. Tomlinson also hired a White House staffer to draft guidelines for CPB’s ombudsman, before hiring that staffer to work for CPB. According the Current, Tomlinson is also considering the hire of Patricia Harrison as the CPB president. Harrison is a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee and was once a staffer for Newt Gingrich.

Long, informative article on the whole mess at Current.org. (via Benton’s Communication Headlines.)

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