In a move that may prompt a new meaning to the phrase "monkey trial," a New York appeals court has set the date for arguments in a lawsuit where the plaintiff is a chimpanzee.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will get to argue its case on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee in New York state who supporters argue is being unlawfully held against his will.
Oral arguments in the lawsuit, which seeks to established legal rights for an animal, will be heard Wednesday, October 8 before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. more >>
Climate change: The greatest challenge facing humanity? A manageable problem? Just par for the course on a planet whose climate has always changed?
What should we do about it? Indeed, what can we do about it?
Would drastic cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions save the world from disaster, or make no significant difference in future climate? Would the cuts cost little, or condemn much of the world to more generations of abject poverty, disease, and premature death? more >>
Lisa Wilson didn't want to get married and not have her father present for this special moment in her life. So she did what she could to bring the wedding to him.
She brought the wedding and wedding party to him in the hospital! Both sad and exciting at the same time, the father was very grateful and happy for his daughter. What she did to honor him will bring you to tears.
Watch this beautiful wedding video below: more >>
Is Jill Duggar expecting a baby girl with husband Derick Dillard? The couple's gift registry may hold clues to the sex of "Baby Dilly."
The couple has registered on Amazon and at their local Wal-Mart for the newest member of the family, due in March 2015. So far there has been very little news about the baby, but the family has been continually celebrating by posting pregnancy progression photos on Jill's Instagram account so that everyone can track the baby's growth. Jill and Derick are extremely excited to welcome their first little one.
"It was a really fun date, we had a great time," Jill told People magazine. "We tried to think practical since we don't know what we are having yet. I know people are trying to guess, but we don't even know. I came from a large family and my mom used to think – when I'm buying, do I want to go with one theme or be more practical? We are trying to think of gender neutral stuff, trying to think long-term." more >>
On Wednesday Americans celebrated Constitution Day.
On this day in 1787, 39 patriots signed the U.S. Constitution, a document that not only organized our government but also changed the world.
The Constitution made America unique in its design and governance. It gave us our rights and our freedoms as Americans. It outlined the limited role of our government and defined the separation of powers. It is the foundation that has allowed America to become the greatest country in the world. more >>
On Wednesday morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined a request for an en banc hearing in a case holding that school officials could censor students who peacefully wore American flag clothing because those students were violently threatened by anti-American classmates. In other words, the court upheld a classic "heckler's veto," and in so doing empowered violent bullies and undermined decades of free-speech jurisprudence.
The facts of Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District are relatively simple: On Cinco de Mayo, anti-American students threatened a small group of their fellow students who chose to wear American flag–themed clothing. Rather than discipline the bullies, the school gave the kids who wore the flags a choice, turn their shirts inside-out, or go home. Two students chose to go home.
Under traditional constitutional principles, this is an easy case. Your free-speech rights do not depend on a listeners' subjective response, and they are certainly not conditioned on a listeners' willingness to break the law. Otherwise, free speech means nothing — bullies would be empowered to shut down speech whenever and wherever they wish. more >>