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Massachusetts Signs ‘Upskirt Photos’ Ban Into Law

Mar 7, 2014, 4:41 pm EDT

Taking upskirt photos in Massachusetts is now banned after the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Wednesday that the photos are legal in the state. Source:

Governor Deval Patrick signed the proposed bill on Friday morning that bans taking upskirt photos, also known as “upskirting.” State lawmakers passed the bill unanimously which outlaws photographs of “sexual or other intimate parts” of women or children in public on Thursday.

The original Massachusetts law only banned taking “nude or partial nude” photos of people in dressing rooms and bathrooms. Read 

Court: Upskirt Photos Are Legal in Massachusetts

Mar 6, 2014, 10:47 am EDT

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court, ruled on Wednesday, that upskirt photos are legal in the state. Source:

The court’s ruling wasn’t a result of the judges’ moral beliefs on the subject of upskirt photos, but was instead the result of poor wording in the state’s law. According to Massachusetts law, people are only protected by Peeping Tom laws concerning photographs if they are “nude or partially nude” in a dressing room or bathroom. As such, the law does not protect women in public who have upskirt photos taken of them due to the fact that they are fully dressed, reports The Kansas City Star.

“There could be challenges, saying, ‘You know what? They were not really nude in that part of the picture,’” Anne Bremner, a legal expert from Seattle, Wash., told ABC News. “That statute really talks about somebody’s nudity and not their privacy.” Read 

Edward Snowden to Speak at SWSX Interactive

Mar 5, 2014, 10:44 am EDT

This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival will feature a particularly controversial speaker.

Edward Snowden, the American security contractor who leaked documents showing massive spying operations by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), will address the SXSW meeting on Monday. Since Edward Snowden is considered a wanted fugitive by U.S. authorities and remains in Russia, which has granted him asylum, he will speak by teleconference, CNN notes.

During the conference, Edward Snowden will discuss government spying with a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Read 

Obama Budget Would Expand Tax Credit to 13.5M Childless Workers

Mar 4, 2014, 9:30 am EDT

The annual U.S. budget proposal to be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Tuesday will include higher tax credits for childless workers.

Under the proposed Obama budget, the annual income level needed for childless workers to qualify the earned-income tax credit would rise to $18,000. The maximum tax credit for childless workers in the Obama budget would double to $1,000 per year. The Obama budget would also lower the age at which childless workers can qualify for the tax credit from 24 to 21, the New York Times notes.

The proposed Obama budget also calls for an expansion of full-time childcare expense tax credits for full-time workers, as well as a permanent tax credit covering college tuition. Together, the White House says the expanded tax breaks would give a financial boost to roughly 13.5 million workers with low incomes. Read 

Sheryl Sandberg Running for Senate? Not So Fast …

Mar 3, 2014, 12:59 pm EDT

Is Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg preparing to campaign for a U.S. Senate Seat? Maybe not. Source:

On Monday, the U.K. Daily Mail reported that source in the “inner circle” of Sheryl Sandberg said the FB COO wanted to “find a seat” in the senate by 2016. That made a challenge to California Senator Barbara Boxer, whose current term expires in 2016, her most likely option. The term of Boxer’s fellow U.S. senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, runs until 2018.

However, within hours of posting the original story, the Mail said that another source close to Sheryl Sandberg had dismissed the report, calling it “100% untrue.” Read 

Keystone Pipeline Protest: Over 300 College Students Arrested

Mar 3, 2014, 9:21 am EDT

On Sunday, a crowd of roughly 1,200 college students assembled outside the White House rallying against the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in the U.S., including those along the Gulf Coast.

This weekend’s protest drew students from 80 colleges and universities. The aim was to pressure the administration of President Barack Obama to reject plans to build the Keystone Pipeline. More than 300 students were arrested after they swarmed the White House gates, while others attached themselves to the White House fence with plastic zip ties, Politico noted.

In addition to protest banners and anti Keystone Pipeline chants, some students formed a “human oil spill” by laying on a black tarp that had been spread on the ground. Other protestors dropped toy lobsters and birds — smeared with black paint — into the “oil spill.” Read 

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