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Two former "American Idol" contestants waited too long to file their defamation suit against the parent company of MTV and VH1, a federal appeals court decides. The ruling is the latest to apply the "single publication rule" to an article continuously available on a news website. The decision should be reassuring to online publishers -- but with some important cautions.
The professor who was fired over his personal tweets criticizing Israel has sued the university on the basis of his free speech and due process rights.
A police department in Reserve, Pa., tried to stop a public-records requester from making his own duplicates of government expense-account documents. But the state open-records commission, adding Pennsylvania to a growing list of states, says there's a legal right to take pictures of government documents.
Indiana's attorney general has thrown the state's influential weight behind a lawsuit seeking access to police records at Notre Dame, whose attorneys claim the private institution is exempt from the state public-records act. Sports network ESPN is trying to make Indiana the third state this year to declare private-college police reports open for public inspection.
Four bills are pending in Congress to tighten access to student data under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. None of the measures appears to worsen journalists' access to public records from schools and colleges, but none addresses the well-documented misuse of FERPA to conceal campus scandals under the guide of "student privacy."
The student media adviser for The Matador student newspaper, which has been involved in a censorship dispute, was placed on administrative leave indefinitely, after an encounter with the principal at yearbook camp.
The J-Team, which consists of the SPLC, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, traveled to Iowa on Friday to give support to student journalists facing censorship.