Springfield to defend its “family-oriented theater” alcohol ban

This article appearing today on News-Leader.com caught my eye. In the article, Amos Bridges reports that the City of Springfield (MO) will defend a new ordinance that “prohibits alcohol sales at any movie theater where customers younger than 21 account for more than 25 percent of ticket sales.” Theaters that “have achieved … IRC section 501(c)(3) status” are expressly [...]

Might the growler find its way to Decatur?

I love the City of Decatur for many reasons. It’s diverse. It’s eclectic. It’s where I sleep at night. And, as if I needed another reason …. It’s where the growler might surface. It seems, as Decatur Metro mentioned today here, the City is tying to detemine whether it can allow retailers to both fill and sell growlers. [See also Doug Richards [...]

An alternative to double-secret probation

An opinion issued today by the First Circuit Court of Appeals begins: The town of Narragansett (the Town), a sleepy seaside community in southern Rhode Island, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern seaboard. Each summer, the Town experiences a substantial influx of seasonal residents. Each fall, the Town empties out, leaving [...]

You can’t go there

This case concerns a “human display establishment.” In 2005 San Antonio adopted Ordinance 101022, which contains a section that prohibits an individual from “intentionally or knowingly appear[ing] in a state of nudity in a public place.” Another section of the Ordinance makes it ”unlawful for any person to intentionally or knowingly entertain or appear in a state of [...]