Va. ACLU asks for review of liquor ad ban [via AP/Washington Post]
A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision prohibiting the advertisement of alcohol in Virginia college newspapers has been appealed to the Supreme Court. The 2-1 April ruling found the ban to be an effective method to combat underage drinking. The ACLU of Virginia, the group which appealed to the Supreme Court, argues the ban is unconstitutional because there is no proof it lowers underage drinking.
A similar 2004 3rd Circuit case, Pitt News vs. Pappert, ruled in favor of the school newspaper. The opinion, authored by current Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, held that the ban was ineffective and unfairly singled out student media. Conflicting lower courts? This is ripe for Supreme Court review.
Hitler had Jewish and African roots, DNA tests show [via The Daily Telegraph]
In other shocking news, DNA samples from 39 living relatives of former Nazi dictator Adolph Hitler indicates the perpetrator of the Holocaust likely had Jewish and African ancestry. A chromosome called E1b1b1 was discovered in the samples; it is rare among western Europeans but common among those descended from Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian roots, as well as Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.
Baltimore Sun reviving Sunday magazine [via Baltimore Brew]
What’s that, you say, a small victory for journalism? It might just be. The Baltimore Sun is reviving its Sunday magazine this September. City Hall reporter Julie Scharper broke the news in a tweet. Noting the Sun wants to reinvest in itself, marketing director Renee Mutchnik said, ““We’re doing a lot of enhancing the paper… We’ve debuted a lot of new sections lately.”
Is that my son wearing a dress? [via Salon]
Teacher and freelance writer Matt Cheplic writes in Salon about his 4-year-old son’s desire to dress as Snow White for Halloween. Cheplic wished to remain supportive, but also sought to prevent bullying at preschool that could alienate his son. “I honestly don’t believe that a 4-year-old’s Halloween costume has the power to cement his sexual identity for life. I was not threatened by fears of a same-sex, vegan wedding ceremony or a rejection of power tools and the Super Bowl. A far more immediate evil loomed in my magic mirror: children who mock other children.”