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Charges Dropped Against Denver Man Who Gave Cops Middle Finger (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 11.16.2011 | Weird News

DENVER (AP) -- A harassment charge has been dropped in the case of a 35-year-old Colorado man who faced prosecution for displaying his middle finger t...

Patriot Act Extension Signed By Obama

Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Minutes before a midnight deadline, President Barack Obama signed into law a four-year extension of pos...

A Time for Change or More of the Same at the Chicago Police Department?

Locke Bowman | Posted 07.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Garry McCarthy's tenure as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department is likely to be marked by continuation of the same problems that have plagued the department for decades.

The Truth About Torture

Richard Geldard | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Richard Geldard

In the dust-up following the death of bin Laden, a too-soon forgotten issue came alive again when Bush-era pols surfaced to claim that the "enhanced interrogation" (read torture) of detainees gave us crucial intelligence.

New Bill Proposes to Lock Up Immigrants Forever

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

The Department of Homeland Security detains more than 33,000 people on any given day, for months or years. This comes at great cost to taxpayers: $45,000 per detainee per year, for a total of $1.9 billion this fiscal year.

Wake Up Women! The Republicans Want You Barefoot and Pregnant

Linda Bergthold | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

If Indiana succeeds in its draconian withdrawal of women's health services, it is not hard to imagine that other states will follow, and women nationwide will be left high and dry for basic services.

Release Newark Police Director's Disciplinary Records

Deborah Jacobs | Posted 07.17.2011 | New York
Deborah Jacobs

If DeMaio's disciplinary records stay hidden, the city of Newark misses a rare opportunity to shift the tone of the Newark Police Department. Mayor Booker must embrace a transparent process if he has any hope of earning public support for his pick.

Moffat School District Bans Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

The Huffington Post/AP | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.13.2011 | Denver

A civil liberties group is demanding a northwestern Colorado school district remove its ban on students wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets that...

ACLU: Suburban Schools Censoring LGBT Awareness Websites

Posted 07.13.2011 | Chicago

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to file suit against a suburban Chicago school district unless that district stops blocking gay and ...

Civil Libertarians and Academics Who Support Censors

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 07.13.2011 | College
Alan Dershowitz

Should students who conspire to "shut down" an invited speaker with whom they disagree be prosecuted for the misdemeanor of conspiracy to disturb a meeting? That is the question roiling the University of California.

ACLU Calls For Denver Police Brutality Probe

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.12.2011 | Denver

The ACLU is citing seven cases since 2004 where police brutality has cost the city of Denver hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements to call f...

The Current State Of The Reader Privacy Bill: Should You Feel Threatened?

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

California took another big step towards updating reader privacy today. The State Senate unanimously passed SB602, the Reader Privacy Act, which would...

When Academic Administrators Lose Their Moral Compass

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2011 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Bill Watts, associate professor of English at Butler University, has just published a compelling and cautionary account of what can happen when univer...

Feds Investigating 'Rampant Misconduct' At Department Led By Chicago's New Top Cop

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

As Chicago prepares to welcome its new police superintendent, Newark Police Department Director Garry McCarthy, federal authorities have launched an i...

Dionysians Decry Air Force Academy Discrimination

Sean Paige | Posted 07.04.2011 | Comedy
Sean Paige

This report in today's Colorado Springs Gazette prompted the following letter of protest to Academy Superintendent Michael Gould, acting in my capacit...

What's The Only Book South Carolina Prisoners Are Allowed To Read? | MEG KINNARD | Posted 07.05.2011 | Books

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a judge to block a South Carolina jail’s rules over what items inmates may receive while the g...

ACLU Requests Video Release Of Controversial Jail Death

custody death | Posted 06.26.2011 | Denver

The ACLU of Colorado has filed an open record's request for the city to release video footage in the July 2010 in-custody death of a homeless sick inm...

Saki Knafo

Quran-Burning Pastor's Jailing Raises First Amendment Questions | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.23.2011 | Religion

This story was reported in collaboration with Jessica Carreras from Dearborn's Last month, the pastor of a tiny church in Florida dresse...

Koran-Burning Preacher Briefly Jailed

Reuters | Bernie Woodall | Posted 06.22.2011 | Religion

April 23, 2011 2:01:48 AM By Bernie Woodall DEARBORN, Mich. (Reuters) - A militant Christian preacher was jailed briefly Friday after a Mich...

Montana Gay Couples Seeking Rights Lose Lawsuit

AP | By MATT GOURAS | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, sa...

Did Colo. Principal Who Censored Student Newspaper Plagiarize?

Adam Goldstein | Posted 06.21.2011 | Education
Adam Goldstein

The only accountability for most administrators is what's written in the press -- and the only press covering those administrators on a daily basis is the student press.

Listen to Murder Victims' Families -- Not in Our Name!

Tanya Greene | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Tanya Greene

As legislators in Connecticut grapple with a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state, murder victims ' families are speaking loudly about their opposition to Connecticut's capital punishment system.

LAPD Stops Arresting Kids on Their Way to School

Eric Sapp | Posted 06.19.2011 | Los Angeles
Eric Sapp

Imagine that you're running late to school. You hear the late bell ring just as you're approaching campus, but you're met by a squad of police officers, who detain you and give you a daytime curfew ticket.

A Crisis Averted?

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

Today, April 12, 2011, is Equal Pay Day -- the day into 2011 that a woman has to work, on average, to make the same as a man did in just 2010 alone.

Vineland School District In N.J. Lifts LGBT Website Filter

Posted 06.12.2011 | Education

After New Jersey students and staff complained to the American Civil Liberties Union that LGBT sites were being blocked at school, the district remove...