Sticks and Stones

When online anonymous speech turns ugly By Kara Carnlet-Murrhee What’s a girl to do when someone calls her nasty names? If she’s Liskula Cohen — former Vogue fashion model and outraged subject of anonymous, defamatory Internet blogging — she calls

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Grassroots Gators

Gators for higher education legislative advocacy program By Lindy Mccollum-Brounley Though economic times typically call for belt-tightening, but the fiduciary fall-out  of Florida’s $2.6 billion  budgetary shortfall last year felt less like belt tightening and more like garroting — especially for

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Cyberbullying

Hot air or harmful speech? Legislation grapples with preventing cyberbulying without squelching students’ free speach By Kara Carnley-Murree In this post-Columbine age of zero tolerance for school bullying, school administrators take a tough stance against bullying behaviors that occur on

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Big problems

On the night of April 20, 52 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico an explosion pierced the night sky, leaving 11 people dead and unleashing a steady stream of oil gushing into the Gulf throughout the summer, resulting in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig — and the subsequent oil spill — deeply affected communities on the Gulf Coast on many levels. State governments, businesses — including the fishing and tourism industry — families, communities and wildlife have all struggled to deal with the spill.

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UF law alumni at the high court

When the Supreme Court of the United States convened for the 2009-10 term last fall, seven Florida cases were on its docket, representing nearly one-tenth of the cases scheduled to be heard. “The review of the Supreme Court of the United States is largely discretionary, so though they’re asked to review maybe 9,000 cases each year, they hear and write opinions on only 75 to 80,” said Sharon Rush, a professor of constitutional law at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law. “We assume that these cases that are granted certiorari are really important, that there’s some reason the court wants to hear them.”

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