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Which witch is mainstream? Indianapolis (AP)-A Wiccan activist and his ex-wife are challenging a court’s order that they must protect their 9-year-old son from what it calls their “non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.” The Indiana Civil Liberties Union has appealed the stipulation written into the couple’s divorce order, saying it is unconstitutionally vague because it does not define mainstream religion. Wiccans consider themselves witches, pagans or neo-pagans, and say their religion is based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons. They say their religion is becoming more mainstream. Thomas Jones, a Wiccan activist who has coordinated Pagan Pride Day in Indianapolis for six years, said he and his ex-wife, Tammy Bristol, were stunned by the order. Neither parent has taken their son to any Wiccan rituals since it was issued, he said. “I’m afraid I’ll lose my son if I let him around when I practice my religion,” Jones said recently. Barry Lynn, executive director of the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said judges cannot substitute their religious judgment for that of parents in regard to the upbringing of children. Ex-Raider settles suit over punch ‘Sex and City’ suit San Francisco-As the movie career of former Oakland Raiders football player Bill Romanowski took off over the Memorial Day weekend, a chapter in his legal travails was quietly laid to rest. Romanowski, who currently plays a sadistic prison guard in the remake of The Longest Yard, last week settled a lawsuit with a former Raiders teammate whom he knocked unconscious during a practice-squad scuffle two years ago. The teammate, Marcus Williams, will receive $415,000 from Romanowski-$75,000 more than a jury awarded him in April. The amount represents the cost of Williams’ pain and suffering, said his attorney, Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, who added that the jury verdict didn’t include such damages. Romanowski’s attorney, Jeffrey Springer of the Denver firm Springer & Steinberg, did not return a call seeking comment. Romanowski, a 16-year National Football League veteran who played on four winning Super Bowl teams and was known as a fierce and sometimes vicious competitor, knocked out Williams in a practice-field scuffle on Aug. 24, 2003. The punch broke a bone around the second-year player’s left eye, caused brain damage and ended his playing career, Williams had claimed. The Alameda County, Calif., Superior Court jury verdict was seen as a win for Romanowski, who never denied hitting Williams. Williams had originally sought up to $4 million, according to court documents. -the recorder new york ap-A manager said in a lawsuit last week that he was financially spurned by the author of Sex and the City after he helped her pitch her book to HBO for a television series. The professional manager and producer, Clifford Streit, alleged breach of contract and copyright infringement in a lawsuit in U.S. district court against Candace Bushnell, whose book inspired a six-year run about four high-flying New York women and their love lives. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages after Bushnell allegedly reneged on an oral promise in 1995 to pay Streit 10% of all earnings and proceeds she received from the commercial exploitation of her work. Streit said he used his business contacts and connections to secure for Bushnell the chance to pitch her book to Home Box Office Inc. as the basis for a cable television series. A representative for Bushnell did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

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