Proposed flag desecration amendment again stopped in the Senate:
“…two Senators switched their positions
to join 35 of their colleagues in resoundingly
defeating a proposed constitutional amendment to
ban desecration of the flag. The amendment, which
fell four votes shy of the two-thirds majority was
stopped by a flood of constituent letters and calls to
`Wonderland’: Wrung Out, Strung Out in Bedlam: my profession, with its chaos uncensored, debuts on television tonight. “Because the patients in “Wonderland” are psychiatric cases,
the series has a surreal aura, sparing and effectively used.
Here a patient behind barred windows looks down at his
slippers and sees a tiny rhino step around them. Because
these shots from the patient’s perspective are rare,
watching the show is not like existing in some mad state of
mind. The effect is more jolting, as if the sanity of the
doctors and the illness of the patients were present in the
air, at times colliding with a physical force.
What saves the series from total bleakness is the shaky order
the doctors impose. They are played by a spectacular cast.” [New York Times] Update: I’m hooked.
The Supreme Court upheld a ban on nude dancing. The
court ruled 6-3 that an Erie, Pa., law banning public nudity,
including that of nightclub dancers, does not violate the
First Amendment. Requiring pasties and G-strings “leaves
ample capacity to convey the dancer’s erotic message.”
Justice O’Connor’s majority spin: “Being ‘in a state of
nudity’ is not an inherently expressive condition.” Justice
Scalia and Justice Thomas’ concurrent spin: What’s more, a
community should be able to declare public nudity
”Potter” planted: Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Bicentennial Man) selected by Warner Bros. to direct screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first installment of an anticipated long-running and lucrative “Potter” franchise.
Harry Potter’s Wizardry Banned From School
Harry Potter, the fictional young wizard who captured children’s imagination all over the world, has been banished
from one English school because his magical powers go against the teachings of the Bible.
A rogue wave smashed into a Navy destroyer seven miles west of the Golden Gate, leaving crewman with two broken legs.
Ben may freeze Jerry out of impending deal
Study Links Agent Orange, Diabetes
“A U.S. Air Force study released on Wednesday showed a
significant link between Agent Orange and diabetes in veterans who took part in
spraying the dioxin-laced jungle defoliant in the Vietnam War.”
Mayor Giuliani has given up his ill-advised assault on the First Amendment at the Brooklyn Museum [New York Times editorial]
Planet hunters find new worlds smaller than Saturn
astronomers have crossed an
important threshold in planet
detection with the discovery of two
planets that may be smaller in mass