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ORLANDO, FLA. (AP)-A woman, who was arrested when she exposed her breasts to protest laws that bar women from publicly going bare-breasted, can demonstrate topless as part of a legitimate political protest, an appeals court has ruled. Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit Court on Oct. 5 upheld a Volusia County judge’s opinion that Elizabeth Book could protest while topless on the city’s Main Street Bridge. Book of Ormond Beach, Fla., was arrested by Daytona Beach police and fined $253 in March 2004. The city said she violated an ordinance banning public nudity that was passed in 2002 to curb indecency at special events. Book’s attorney, Lawrence G. Walters, said the latest ruling is a victory for his client, who set out to test laws against nudity because she believes they are unfairly applied to women. Deputy City Attorney Marie Hartman said the city is looking into further appeal. Suit challenges cadaver exhibit SEATTLE, (AP)-Operators of a museum featuring UFO and Bigfoot displays and ghost tours have asked that a touring exhibition of cadavers be halted. The Chinese citizens whose cadavers and body parts are on display in “Bodies . . . The Exhibition” never gave consent for their remains to be publicly shown, according to a complaint filed in U.S. district court by Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson, directors of the Seattle Museum of the Mysteries. Judge John C. Coughenour refused to issue an emergency injunction, ruling that they failed to show they would suffer immediate and irreparable harm if the show remained open pending consideration of the suit’s merits. “I don’t think consumers are aware that these are all Chinese bodies and that they’re unconsenting,” LeFevre told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “There isn’t a single culture in the world that treats their dead like this.” About 21 cadavers and 250 body parts, preserved through a process called plastination, and skinned, cut open and arranged in various poses to expose muscles and organs, went on display on Sept. 30 in the 880 Pike Building, across from the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, and runs through Dec. 31. Similar shows by Premier Exhibitions Inc. of Atlanta are on display in New York; Las Vegas; Miami; and Monterrey, Mexico, and were held previously in Atlanta; London; Mexico City; Tampa, Fla.; and Seoul, South Korea. The Seattle complaint cites the Anatomical Gift Act, which bans the sale of human tissue. “We don’t think this case has any merits at all,” Premier Exhibitions President Arnie Geller said. “We don’t purchase or sell human tissue.” The cadavers are from people who died of natural causes and whose bodies went unclaimed or were unidentified before they were turned over to a medical school in China, nor were any of them prisoners, according to company officials. Christmas cheer? CONYERS, GA. (AP)-A woman and her two young children will get a special Christmas dinner at one of Atlanta’s most expensive restaurants this year-courtesy of a judge who imposed that sentence on a man charged with family violence on Christmas Day. “Basically you were hung over and didn’t want to be involved in some activities your wife planned,” Chief Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation told Wendell Jerome Herman Rogers II. “You acted up and ruined Christmas, so this year you’re going to make it up to them.” Authorities say Rogers, 33, came home from a party on Christmas Eve and got into a confrontation with his wife in front of their two young children the next morning. He was charged with family violence battery and obstructing a person making an emergency telephone call.

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