A coffee shop modeled after Starbucks but with the word "Dumb" in front of it was shut down Monday by the health inspector just days after opening.
"Dumb Starbucks Coffee" was a publicity stunt that offered free coffee while taking a jab at the multi-million dollar Seattle-based coffee company. While it seems like an infringement of rights, the comedian behind "Dumb Starbucks insisted it was a "work of parody art," and therefore protected from lawsuits under free speech. However, before the real Starbucks could call their lawyers, Los Angeles County health inspectors shut down "Dumb Starbucks" four days after opening for operating without a valid permit.
The fake coffee shop opened in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and featured an uncanny sign featuring Starbucks' famous logo- but the sign included "Dumb" on it. more >>
An attorney with a religious freedom organization representing a retail chain against the federal government over the controversial "preventive services" mandate has stated that the case is about religious freedom and not women's health.
Kyle Duncan, attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel for Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., was the featured speaker at a conference call press briefing held Monday afternoon.
The briefing was in regards to Hobby Lobby's suit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the "preventive services" mandate, which compels businesses to cover various forms of contraceptives in employee health insurance. more >>
A 15-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Houston, Texas, and police believe that her death was part of a satanic ritual led by a 17-year-old and 16-year-old. Both boys have been charged in her kidnapping and murder.
Jose E. Reyes, 17, is accused of the rape and murder of Corriann Cervantes, whom he kidnapped on Wednesday. Her remains were found on Saturday morning. She was found with an upside-down cross carved into her stomach and various religious items around her partially naked body. Police said that her body showed signs of being violently raped.
Reyes confessed to the crime and said he killed Cervantes so his friend could "sell his soul to the devil," according to KTRK. He was arrested after Webster Police received a tip that Reyes had confessed to a family member. Reyes, Cervantes, and the 16-year-old suspect all attended Clear Path Alternative School, but it was unclear why Reyes and his accomplice specifically targeted Cervantes. more >>
The Family Research Council has issued a court brief in Utah's appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. The brief, filed last week, claims that the judge's ruling in December to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage was "deeply flawed."
The Christian lobbying group filed its amicus brief last Thursday in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the state of Utah is appealing federal Judge Robert J. Shelby's Dec. 20 ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, passed by 66 percent of voters in 2004. Shelby wrote in his ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution's right to equal protection and due process under the 14th amendment.
In their friend-of-the-court brief, the Family Research Council encourages the appeals court to overturn Shelby's previous ruling, saying that "the novel and unprincipled fundamental rights analysis on which [Shelby's ruling is] based are deeply flawed." The brief goes on to argue that the issue facing the appeals court is "not who may marry, but what marriage is." more >>
Names of over 100 priests and employees of a Missouri archdiocese that have credible accusations of sexual abuse against them have been released to a person suing the institution.
In response to an order from the Missouri Supreme Court, the Archdiocese of St. Louis turned over the list of individuals and complaints Wednesday to the plaintiff of a lawsuit leveled against them. The move came as the state's highest court denied a writ by the archdiocese to keep the records private for the sake of all involved, according to a statement.
"The archdiocese had litigated to protect the privacy rights of all involved, including victims who had no connection to current litigation and who had come forth confidentially regarding their reported allegation," reads the statement in part. more >>
A 5-year-old girl is dead after drinking 2 liters of grape soda and an unknown amount of water in a two-hour time frame. Her parents have been formally charged with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated child neglect, and aggravated child abuse, given that the excessive fluid was an extreme punishment for "stealing" the mother's drink.
Randall Lee and Mary Lavonne Vaughn forced 5-year-old Alexa Linboom to drink a great deal of soda and water after she reportedly took some of Mary Lavonne's soda.
"They also failed to take care of the child once she was injured," Tennessee Attorney General Berkeley Bell told the Times-News. "Our position is it was a matter of several hours after the child started exhibiting serious symptoms, after the child was screaming out in pain, went into a paralyzed state, and became unconscious." more >>