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The Birmingham Public Library [BPL] continues to support policy that effectively allows unfettered porn, so a second library employee, Karen Jackson, has sued for sexual harassment and other EEOC violations.  See for yourself:
"Second Birmingham Library Worker Sues Employer, Claiming Patrons Look at Pornography on Computers," by the Associated Press, The Birmingham News, 20 July 2011.
"Birmingham, Ala. Library Worker Sues Over Porn," by the Associated Press, Washington Examiner, 20 July 2011.
"Alabama Adult Entertainment Crime Blotter Round-Up," by Tom Hymes, AVN Media Network, 20 July 2011.
"Birmingham Library Sued for Being 'Sexually Hostile' Workplace," by Melanie Posey, Fox 6 WBRC, 19 July 2011:  Watch the News Video Broadcast.

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What a pleasure it was to speak with Tammy Harris, a mother who stood up for her child and got another inappropriate book removed from another public school.   The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard, Harold Hutchins , and Dav Pilkey is the book.  The Harvey S. Brown Elementary School of the Channelview TX ISD is the school.

I can say it is starting to become more and more common to see this, and I believe it may be the result of the American Library Association's [ALA] Office for Intellectual Freedom slowly losing its grip on the clouding of the minds of local communities.  You see, the school superintendent, assistant superintendent, and the school librarian opposed the removal of a book that prominently featured feces, but the school board, following proper procedure after an initial complaint by Tammy Harris, removed the book anyway.  I believe it was ruled educationally unsuitable and pervasively vulgar, so, under Board of Education v. Pico, its removal was ....

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to serve eight years in prison for child pornography and molestation charges.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin says 62-year-old Richard Gray, of Burrillville, pleaded no contest on Monday to two counts of second-degree child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography.

Gray was sentenced to 20 years in prison with eight years to serve, with the remainder suspended with probation on the child molestation charges. He will serve a five-year prison sentence on the child pornography charge concurrently.

Gray has been ordered to surrender on Sept. 1. He has been out on bail.

Prosecutors say Gray was arrested in 2007 after a Burrillville Library employee witnessed him using a computer to communicate inappropriately with what appeared to be a minor.

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The lengthy debate over the fate of the Troy Public Library has taken another turn recently, as signs and social media are urging people to vote “no” on a millage that could save the library, promising a book burning party if the measure fails.

Listed as Book Burning Party on Facebook and @BookBurninParty on Twitter, a group is urging people to “vote to close Troy library Aug. 2. Join us for the book burning party Aug. 5.”

The group has just four tweets, two of which read as follows:

“When you’re lighting those fireworks, think how much more fun it will be to light all those books! #BookBurningParty #Troy #books #library” on July 1, and “Camden, NJ is shutting down its library and they want to destroy the books. Way to go Camden!” late Wednesday night.

Phillip Kwik, head of the public services department at the library, said at first he thought the tweets were satire, but after seeing signs pop up in the city and learning that a ballot access committee named Safeguarding ....

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Heres the real reason to vote no, and it has nothing to do with book burning. It has to do with a city council unwilling to keep the library in the budget when the money is there. Vote no, then yes for council people in November willing to use your tax dollars already in the citys bank account to fund the library. We'll have a remove the shrink wrap party November 9th.

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Television, movies and video games aimed at kids and teens get lots of attention for their portrayals of violence and sex. But a new study finds that popular teen books, too, can be surprisingly sexual, meaning that reading may not always be the wholesome activity that parents expect.

In fact, researchers reported online June 8 in the Journal of Sex Research, books aimed at 12- and 13-year-olds were no less sexy than books aimed at readers ages 14 and up. In addition, sex was rarely presented in a healthy light: Contraceptives and practical consequences were almost never mentioned, said study researcher Sarah Coyne, a psychologist at Brigham Young University. (Brigham Young University is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the largest religious university in the United States.)

"I would never argue for censorship," Coyne told LiveScience. "But I do think we're missing something here."

The "Gossip Girl" books and a vampire series "The Anna ....

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a St. Paul library worker to 30 days in jail in the theft of 1,400 books and movies, in part through the creation of fake patron accounts.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( ) Ramsey County District Judge Judith Tilsen also ordered 32-year-old Amanda Marie Cortright to perform 200 hours of community service.

The St. Paul woman pleaded guilty April 25 to receiving stolen property. She was sentenced on Friday.

Prosecutors claimed she created four fake accounts and checked out materials under those false names. She allegedly checked out items under her own name then altered library records to cover up that she kept them.

Cortright told the judge she was sorry, adding that, "It just got out of control."

The stolen materials have been recovered.

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PHOENIX — An appeals panel has thrown out the death sentence of an Arizona man convicted in the 1992 attempted rape and killing of a librarian in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Thursday that the judge presiding over the trial and sentencing of Richard Hurles acted improperly and demonstrated potential bias.

Hurles was convicted of the attempted sexual assault and first-degree murder of Kay Blanton, who was stabbed 37 times at a Buckeye library in 1992.

Two judges on the panel determined Judge Ruth Hilliard showed potential bias in Hurles’ case even before trial, violating his right to due process. A third judge disagreed.

Assistant Attorney General Kent Cattani says he’ll likely request a hearing by the full 9th Circuit while simultaneously appealing the panel’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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