October 1, 2013 |
The daughter of the man whose work was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull" is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final-second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of boxer Jake LaMotta's life story. The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal over the movie's copyright, one of eight cases granted by the justices as they prepare for the beginning of the 2013-14 session on Monday. The court will continue to conduct normal operations through Friday despite the government shutdown, including...
September 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON — Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is set to consider rulings challenging church teaching on homosexuality. The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide whether church ministries can advocate for the acceptance of homosexuality, whether ministers can officiate at same-sex ceremonies and whether a regional conference can urge members to ignore portions of Methodist law. The rulings made by regional...
August 27, 2013 |
More than 40 years ago, Ernest Dubose shot and killed the manager of a McDonald's in the District who had left the restaurant to make a deposit. Dubose was convicted of first-degree murder in Prince George's County and sentenced to life in prison. On Tuesday, Dubose, now 75, was set free. He is one of about two dozen Maryland inmates who have been released from prison early because of a 2012 Maryland Court of Appeals decision that could ultimately mean freedom for...
July 3, 2013 |
The flag flying over the Capitol on the Fourth of July might look like your typical Old Glory. But you probably won't notice the fibers that make it special. It's believed to be the first hemp flag to flutter over the dome since the government began outlawing marijuana's less-recreational cousin back in the 1930s. Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman is the man responsible for getting the flag, made from Colorado-raised hemp and screen-printed with the Stars and Stripes, up there.
June 28, 2013 |
Wylie Lopez said he often has to prove himself. If classmates suggest that he got an internship placement because he's Hispanic, the to-be second year medical school student said he has no problem showing them his grades, or MCAT scores. "It's a fair argument," said Lopez, who grew up in a rough, working-class neighborhood. "If you want people to respect you in the field, you do well regardless of how you got there. " In the competitive world of medical school admissions, the...
June 27, 2013 |
The end of another momentous Supreme Court term compels the question: Is the accusation of judicial activism just another way of saying "decisions I don't agree with"? Consider the court's blockbuster finale. A majority composed of the conservative justices overturned a key section of the Voting Rights Act , triggering complaints from the liberal minority that the court was improperly substituting its judgment for that of Congress. Indeed, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in her dissent, the...