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By The New York Times | October 24, 1990
EN ROUTE to acquitting the rap group 2 Live Crew of obscenity charges, jurors in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., asked and received the judge's permission to laugh aloud at evidence.The testimony had them in stitches: prosecutors and detectives reciting, in dull monotone, raunchy lyrics from the performance that got the band arrested.The trial shows the hazards of bringing obscenity laws to bear on speech. Speech is slippery and mutable; meanings change, depending on the speaker, the audience and, as this trial showed, the passage of time.
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NEWS
By Ernest B. Furgurson | December 2, 1990
Washington--A WELL-KNOWN arbiter of popular culture has tut-tutted me for rashly saying hardly anybody who reads this page ever heard of Milli Vanilli before M.V. was exposed as a fraud.''Speak for yourself, Ernest,'' he suggested, which is what all my closest friends call me and what I always do, to my wife's frequent chagrin.(Actually, no one calls me that: Ernest is an honorific awarded me at birth and never heard again until the night some stodgy editor decided without asking that it would be my byline in The Baltimore Sun. The day I decide to cast off this burdensome disguise I will change my byline back to Pat, which is whom I really have spoken for all these years.
NEWS
By Anna Quindlen | October 26, 1990
STUPID prosecutor's trick of the month -- and the competition is fierce for this one -- goes to the assistant state attorney in the 2 Live Crew case who said one of the jurors, a 76-year-old retired professor, was trouble from Day One."She was a sociologist, and I don't like sociologists," Pedro Dijols said. "They try to reason things out too much."Now there's an indictment if I ever heard one. You let people go reasoning things out, next thing you know they'll be using logic. Before you know it the place will be overrun with common sense and then where will we be?
NEWS
By THEO LIPPMAN | October 27, 1990
AFTER A JURY in Florida concluded that 2 Live Crew's famous act was not obscene, civil libertarian lawyer Alan Dershowitz said he agreed with the result but that it should not be up to jurors in the first place. The First Amendment absolutely protects such expression, and courts have no right to review it, he said.I had been reading up on the history of the Supreme Court's grappling with the issue of obscenity, and I came across a quote from Professor Dershowitz in the wake of the court's 1973 decision that gave us our current definition of obscenity and stated that it is okay to ban it. This decision restated an older one. What was new in it was that "community" rather than "national" standards could be applied to determine if something was obscene.
FEATURES
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | December 16, 1990
Court decisions to the contrary, 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" is by no means as raunchy as rap gets. In the months since the Crew's album was declared obscene in Florida, sexually explicit rap has become something of a growth industry, with an expanding number of acts out to prove just how nasty they can be.Although the vast majority of rappers rarely venture beyond the innocent innuendo of Candyman's "Knockin' Boots," a few make no bones about...
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine | December 30, 1990
THUMBS UP Deee-Lite. With "World Clique," this trio helped put the fuback in funky.Robert Plant. The best way to keep the Led Zeppelin spirit alive isn't a reunion, it's more new work like "Manic Nirvana."Lisa Stansfield. Is the best new soul singer of 1990 an Englishwoman? Sure is.Madonna. Pop music's "Woman Most Likely To," and proud of it.Robert Johnson's "The Complete Recordings." Proof that no amount of time can diminish the power of the blues.A Tribe Called Quest. Insightful, inventive and tuneful,"People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm" is a perfect example of positive rap.Living Colour.
NEWS
By James J. Kilpatrick | October 24, 1990
IN FLORIDA a jury has acquitted members of 2 Live Crew. In Cincinnati a jury in effect has acquitted the late Robert Mapplethorpe. The people have addressed the conflict between public morals and artistic freedom, and freedom has won. Permit me a faint and barely audible hooray.The rap group known as 2 Live Crew is a band of smart-alecky children who have just discovered dirty words. Beyond the rhyming of cat and bat, they have no discernible talent. Forget them. As for Mr. Mapplethorpe, not even Sen. Jesse Helms challenged his right to produce photographs of perverted sexual acts.
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | July 11, 2008
Tapping away at some sports media notes while listening to Brett Favre sing, "I don't know why you say goodbye/I say hello": *If you were in the habit of turning off the television sound to listen to the radio broadcast during Ravens games, you won't have to do that in the preseason. That's because the radio broadcast will be the TV sound. No more Dick, Moose and Goose calling the exhibition schedule. The Ravens have replaced Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa with a simulcast of the WBAL/98 Rock team of Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Rob Burnett.
NEWS
By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 27, 1996
Henry Wilson Harrison, who as a merchant marine officer in World War II helped save the lives of 11 of his crewmen after their ship was sunk by a German U-boat, died Friday of Alzheimer's disease at Genesis Heritage Nursing Center in Dundalk. He was 85.The seamanship and navigation skills he acquired growing up on Tilghman Island helped him sail a 25-foot, sail-powered lifeboat through rough seas for more than 1,000 miles until the survivors were rescued by a fishing vessel off the northwest coast of Africa.
ENTERTAINMENT
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 17, 2004
Thirty-eight years after telling his last joke, Lenny Bruce is everywhere and nowhere. His influence is heard in virtually every comedy club in the country. Rap, rock, hip-hop, music videos and cable shows seem to celebrate the battles of the legendary comic and provocateur. If only they knew who he was. Bruce's image and knowledge of how he used his comic weapon against intolerance, injustice and conformity - and the heavy price he paid for doing so - have been scraped from the wallpaper of American pop culture since before most of today's envelope-pushers were born.
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