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18th May 2006

12:23am: What with 'Intelligent Design' and other conservative zaniness, I've been frustrated at living in Kansas. However, it seems that perhaps Missouri is not much better.


In our local news:
St. Louis-area town rejects recognition of unmarried couples
"In February, Olivia Shelltrack and Fondrey Loving were denied an occupancy permit because they have three children and are not married. The move generated much attention and the proposal from the town's planning and zoning commission to change the law."

Also reported in USAtoday:
Parents, kids not necessarily 'family' everywhere
12:28am: Here's a follow-up to this post regarding the AT&T internet "wiretapping" lawsuit.

Judge Denies AT&T Request to Discuss Closing Courtroom
Wednesday's Arguments on Sealed Documents Set for 10am

San Francisco - The judge in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T denied a request for a conference today about closing the courtroom from reporters and spectators for tomorrow's hearing in the case, set to begin at 10 a.m. at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, courtroom 6.

EFF's suit accuses AT&T of illegally handing over its customers' telephone and Internet records and communications to the National Security Agency (NSA). Earlier today, lawyers for AT&T asked the judge in the case to close the courtroom during the discussion about unsealing critical evidence in the case -- including a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, and several internal AT&T documents that support EFF's allegations. AT&T wants the documents returned and argues that they should not be used as evidence in the case.
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