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On the eve of the “Bloomsday” centennial celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of the fictional Leopold Bloom’s stroll through Dublin in James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” the Irish government is intervening in a fight between the Irish National Library and the Joyce estate. Joyce’s grandson says public exhibition of drafts of the work violate copyright laws; the Irish Parliament is rushing a bill clarifying those laws and allowing the festival to proceed … Wearing an anti-homosexuality T-shirt got Tyler Chase Harper, 16, suspended from his Southern California high school — and now he has filed a federal lawsuit against the district, claiming the suspension violated his right to express his religious beliefs. Harper wore the shirt, which proclaims “Homosexuality is Shameful,” during a national event called the “Day of Silence,” in which students showed support for gay and lesbian peers … Judge Judy’s a complainant, for a change. Judith Sheindlin, the feisty, no-nonsense TV judge, and her husband took their neighbors to task over a youth sports field, built without a permit, which allegedly caused erosion that filled the Sheindlins’ swimming pool with mud. Parents say the now off-limits field was more important than technicalities like permits, but Judge Judy tartly called such disregard for the rules “reprehensible” … Grand theft [Dad's] auto — plus stalking, impersonating an officer and burglary — is among the charges filed against a 20-year-old Florida man who stole his father’s police cruiser Tuesday and used it to pull over his pregnant ex-girlfriend … A $3 billion bail — billion with a “b” — was overruled as unconstitutionally excessive in the case of jailed real estate heir Robert Durst. Durst, last year found not guilty of murdering his neighbor, is still in jail on charges of bail jumping and evidence tampering. No new bail amount has been set. – Lydia Markoff

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