Apr 3
2:39 PM

LRC March Trivia Winner

Congratulations to our March trivia winner Katie Lepore!

Question: Known as “the First American,” this founding father established the first circulating library in 1731. The library remained the largest circulating public library in the United States until the 1850s. The collection no longer circulates, but is maintained as a research collection.

Answer: Benjamin Franklin

Be sure to play the LRC’s monthly trivia (located at the LRC Info Station) for your chance at a $5 gift card to Doug’s coffee cart!


Mar 20
1:48 PM

March Madness is upon us!

While many Americans this week will be glued to their TVs cheering on their favorite teams and bemoaning unfortunate upsets (Ohio State I’m looking at you), some will be watching the NCAA for a completely different reason.  This Monday, sports labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler filed an antitrust claim in a New Jersey federal court alleging that the NCAA is an “unlawful cartel” that has illegally capped the earning capacity of football and men’s basketball players while profiting from their labor.

The lawsuit names as defendants the NCAA as well as the five largest conferences: the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12. The players listed as plaintiffs include Clemson defensive back Martin Jenkins, Rutgers basketball player J.J. Moore, UTEP tight end Kevin Perry and Cal tight end Bill Tyndall.

More on this story from ESPN and CNN. [MF]

Mar 14
8:54 AM

Northern California High School’s Ban on American Flag T-shirts Upheld by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

“Caucasian” students who wore the shirts on Cinco de Mayo were told by an assistant principal to either turn the shirts inside out or to go home and receive an excused absence. School officials said that in view of threats against students wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo the previous year, they needed to take action to prevent violence. Read the opinion here and commentary on the court’s decision here.


Mar 7
9:46 AM

“Dreamers” Who Dream of Being Lawyers More Welcome in California Than in Florida

The Supreme Court of Florida has issued an advisory opinion, requested by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, explaining that in order for unauthorized or undocumented immigrants to be admitted to the Florida Bar, Florida will have to follow a legislative path like the one adopted by California.

The federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 bars unauthorized immigrants from receiving state public benefits, including professional licenses, unless the state enacts a law “which affirmatively provides for such eligibility.” Accordingly, last year, the California legislature passed Business and Professions Code 6064(b) providing for admission of qualified unauthorized immigrants to the California Bar.

The Florida opinion sates that “[i]f the Florida Legislature were to take steps similar to those taken in California, and affirmatively provide that such unauthorized immigrants are eligible for professional licenses, or, more narrowly, a license to practice law, [applicant] and other similarly situated qualified individuals would be eligible for admission to The Florida Bar pursuant to our current rules.”


Mar 6
5:25 PM

“Upskirt” photos do not violate state law, says the Massachusetts Supreme court

The top court of Massachusetts, founded in the 17th century by Puritans, has ruled in the 21st century that state law does not protect a woman’s privacy from a man with a cellphone who wants to snap an “upskirt” photo of her as she rides on a Boston trolley.


Mar 4
8:01 PM

Trading in your old cell phone?

iphone-106351_150You may not want to rely on the store’s salesperson to wipe your phone clean.

Woman sues Sprint over posting of intimate photos from traded-in phone

A Sprint worker found two images of the woman engaged in sex and uploaded them to her Facebook page, causing her much embarrassment, the lawsuit says…

Johnson’s suit said she traded in her HTC Evo telephone at the Sprint store … in April 2013 and was assured by a worker that its contents would be wiped clean. She had forgotten that the two intimate photos were among more than 5,000 on her old phone, her lawyer said.

About a month later, a friend called Johnson to tell her that compromising photographs had been posted on her Facebook page, the lawsuit said.

The suit said Sprint told Johnson that the telephone had been sent to a plant in Louisville, Ky., to be refurbished. Her lawsuit alleges that an unidentified Sprint employee at that plant accessed the photographs.


Feb 28
9:13 AM

Protecting Your Mac from Theft

We are always surprised when we see that a library patron has left his or her laptop unattended without securing it with one of the cables that can be checked out from the circulation desk. Some intruder could walk away with your laptop in seconds, causing you great expense and untold havoc in recovering months if not years of data and work. Mac users will find excellent information about securing their devices in this article, which also includes information about encrypting your hard drive and preventing thieves from wiping it clean.


Feb 27
7:29 PM

Attorney General Kamala Harris to challenge the 9th Circuit with regard to right to carry concealed weapons

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris said Thursday that she would challenge a federal appeals court ruling that would require counties to give law-abiding residents permits to carry concealed guns.

Harris’ announcement followed a decision last week by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, the named defendant in the case that triggered the ruling, not to appeal.

Unless overturned, the  2-1 ruling by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would end a stringent restriction on carrying handguns in the state’s most populous counties. Most rural countries already allow permits if minimal requirements are met.

For more details, see the  article in the Los Angeles times.


Feb 27
7:08 PM

First known video taken of proceedings in the U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court was subject to a security breach when a spectator sneaked a video camera into Wednesday’s proceedings and filmed a protestor who disrupted an oral argument.

The clandestine footage, posted on YouTube, is the first known video of a Supreme Court proceeding to be made public. It isn’t clear what type of device was used to make the recording.

Check out the WSJ article for more details and to link to the video.