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Topless rally: An issue close to his heart (access required)

Anyone reading the news report of the “topless rally” held in downtown Asheville last week surely had questions: Turnout for an event with such high gawker appeal was actually down from a similar rally last year? Why is a 59-year old man organizing a movement that encourages women to bare their breasts in public? And does he really go by the name Sparkles the Clown?

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Just look up (access required)

It’s not every day that attorneys take a road trip to the nation’s highest court to argue about bare buttocks. But that’s what Brooks Pierce attorneys Wade Hargrove, Mark Prak, David Kushner and Julia Ambrose did earlier this year in FCC v. Fox, the latest Supreme Court case to address the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing regulation of indecent programming.

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Lawyering up, locally (access required)

Once the locavore was born, could the locattorney be far behind? The “Eat Local” movement, begun as an effort to support small, nearby farmers in lieu of distant, corporate agriculture, has spawned a range of similar spending philosophies -- and correlating bumper stickers. And coming soon to a bumper near you: “Contract Local.”

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Who you gonna call? (access required)

The Lawyers Weekly staff frequently scours the job postings on Craigslist — strictly for newsgathering purposes, we assure you — where we came across a posting for “ghostbloggers” wanted by a bankruptcy law firm in Raleigh. The firm seeks five “ghostbloggers to write at least 20 blog posts per month on bankruptcy law … and topics at least minimally related to bankruptcy.”

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Government waist: Dunn mulls ban on too-loose pants (access required)

At the request of the Dunn city council, city attorney Tilghman Pope is busy researching just how tight constitutional protections of saggy pants might be. Earlier this month the council voted unanimously to have Pope explore the possibility of a baggy-britches ban despite warnings from the American Civil Liberties Union that the First and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee an individual’s right to a wide range of questionable fashion choices.

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Rowing, lawyering – same difference (access required)

While most of us were watching tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics from our living rooms, Greensboro public defender Frederick G. Lind was in the thick of the action in London. He crossed the pond to cheer on his daughter Caroline Lind, who won a gold medal with her eight-member women’s rowing team. Caroline, 29, also brought home gold from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Well, that’s one way to define ‘terrific’ (access required)

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Duke University was among 37 law schools whose 2011 first-year classes were smaller and slightly less polished than their 2010 counterparts. Whether those numbers offer further proof that the law school sky is falling or simply reflect an adjusting market depends on which academic you ask.

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