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California high court to hear challenges to gay-marriage ban

FLLewis / A Writer’s Groove – Burbank Today the California Supreme Court handed opponents of Proposition 8 a partial victory. The high court agreed to review several lawsuits that challenge the anti-gay marriage measure, which passed by 52 percent in the General Election earlier this month. A hearing is set for next March. The proposition amends the state constitution to restrict marriage to “a man and a woman.” Since the November 4 election, angry gay-rights activists have marched in the streets and mounted legal action. Even though the high court will review the appeals, it will... Read More →

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Grand View cemetery open today

FLLewis/ A Writer’s Groove A gravesite is adorned with flowers during a visitation this past summer at Grand View.  Grand View Memorial Park cemetery in Glendale will be open to visitors today by order of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr. Judge Mohr issued the order after a hearing last month. The troubled cemetery has been entangled in management and legal problems since the fall of 2005, after an investigator discovered the remains of four thousand bodies that had been mishandled. This year, Grand View has been open for a... Read More →

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Harry Potter author wins victory in court

J.K. Rowling shows off a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” J.K. Rowling, the author of the hugely successful Harry Potter series, got her wish today when a federal judge in New York permanently blocked the publication of a Harry Potter encyclopedia. Steven Vander Ark, a Harry Potter fan, operates a website called “Harry Potter Lexicon.”  When Vander Ark and a Michigan based publishing company, RDR Books, attempted to publish a reference guide using material from the website, Rowling filed a copyright infringement lawsuit, last... Read More →

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A court battle over the works of John Steinbeck

The Penguin Group and heirs of John Steinbeck’s third wife, Elaine, won a major victory in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today. The New York court reversed a lower court decision that was in favor of a son and granddaughter of the late author. Today’s ruling returns to Penguin the rights to 10 of the author’s earlier works including, “Of Mice and Men,” “Tortilla Flats,” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” Steinbeck is one of the best-known and most widely read authors of the 20th Century. He was... Read More →

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