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Brickbat: Ending the Dispute

Iaroslav Horbunov / Dreamstime.comA federal jury has awarded Jillian and Andrew Beck $1.6 million after the Becks sued the Las Cruces, New Mexico, police department. The jury found that an officer had used excessive force against Jillian Beck when he threw her down and slammed her face into rocks, breaking her nose and wrist, and […]

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Brickbat: Pink?

Timothy Jenkins, a freshman at Mississippi’s Gulfport High School was suspended after he dyed his hair pink. The school dress code says a student’s hair must be a natural-looking color.

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Brickbat: Sharp-Dressed Man

Wisconsinart / Dreamstime.comOfficials at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, have apologized to students they blocked from attending a job fair because the students were wearing blue or light gray suits or non-white shirts. The university dress code for the event said that suits should only be dark gray or black and shirts should […]

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Brickbat: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Legal

Kerrygold IrishOrnua North America sells Kerrygold Irish butter in all 50 states. Whoops, make that 49. Wisconsin state officials recently reminded distributors that no butter can be sold in the state unless it has been certified by an official panel of experts. Kerrygold, which is imported, hasn’t been certified, so anyone selling it faces a […]

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Brickbat: Whispered in the Wind

Sbures | Dreamstime.comWhen members of the North Carolina Military Commission found that the press and members of the public had actually showed up at a public meeting where a presentation on a wind farm would be held, they pulled that item from the agenda and told everyone it would be discussed at a future meeting. […]

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Brickbat: Wrong Number

Erik Reis / Dreamstime.comWillie Willis has sued Florida’s Broward County school system claiming the dozens of robocalls he has received from Miramar High School have been annoying and frustrating. The school keeps calling to tell him a student is missing classes. But Willis does not have a child attending that school. He says the calls […]

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Brickbat: Don’t Ask Me No Questions

Jcpjr / Dreamstime.comPolice in Irvine, England, arrested Gordon Larmour after he told a young man the story of Adam and Eve. Larmour was passing out leaflets when the young man and some friends passed by. He told them God loved them. The man asked what God says about homosexuality. Larmour responded with the Adam and […]

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Brickbat: Dancing Too Close

Organizers of a Valentine’s Day dance in Henryetta, Oklahoma, canceled the event after a local resident pointed out the venue is only about 250 feet from a Church of Christ and a city ordinance bans dancing within 500 feet of a church.

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