angrycatBecause I sat at the helm of my community college and university newspapers once upon a time, stuff like this tends to grind my gears.

According to the Orange County Register, the principal of Orange High School in Orange, Calif., stopped the distribution of a student magazine because it had a “gang-looking” tattoo on the cover and because of a Top 10 list of things to do before graduation that included a clothing-optional swim in the school pool.

I understand where maybe the Top 10 list could be seen as encouraging students to break school rules. But even when students volunteered to tear out those pages the principal still refused distribution because of the tattoo.

Was the principal wrong in doing this? I think so. But what do the legal guys have to say?

From the O.C. Register’s article :

“California has the strongest set of laws protecting student speech and student publications in the nation, said Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center.

State law allows school administrators to restrict student speech that is obscene, libelous or slanderous. They can also prohibit material that creates a ‘clear and present danger’ of inciting students to break the law, violate school regulations, or cause ‘substantial disruption’ of school operations.

That may apply to the Top Ten list, with its suggestions to skinny dip and skip school. But LoMonte said a judge might consider the list to be nothing more than satire, and therefore no real threat to school operations.

The tattoo cover and story appear to be ‘well within the protection’ of California law, LoMonte said. The magazine, he said, was ‘not promoting tattooing any more than informing people about a rash of fires is promoting arson.’ “

Luckily for the students, they have a wealth of resources now if they still want to continue publication, albeit in another medium.

If I were in the student editors’ position, as a “frak you” to the principal, I would take the PDFs for the magazine and publish them online through a site like Issuu, then invite members of the school community to comment on it through Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.

It won’t erase what the principal did, but at least the students would get a chance to showcase their work.

Read the story and take a look at photos of the magazine here.

The case is also highlighted at the The Student Press Law Center, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the California First Amendment Coalition and the Citizen Media Law Project.

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The Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

A note from the Blawgirl: Frugal Finds will continue on a daily basis until the beginning of August, when it will become a weekly feature.

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  • Free Luaka Bop – Orinoco Sampler. Pick up the Luaka Bop – Orinoco Sampler for free from the Amazon.com MP3 store. This 12-song compilation features a wide range of artists from the label, including Zap Mama and Sise. I love the Latin, laid back groove that some of the songs on this compilation have, but the collection also has more funky stuff in it. Download the collection in full, or cherry pick your favorite tracks. I dig “Slip Away” from SiSe and “Bandy Bandy” from Zap Mama.
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jacksonblytheIt’s been a sad week for the music world.

By now, all of you have heard of Michael Jackson’s passing. And by now, you’ve heard the media weigh in on his impact on the world of music and his status as an icon, for which he’s been grouped with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

He broke the color barrier on MTV. He reinvigorated the ailing music business of the ’80s. He fused motown grooves with popular music.

And who can forget that moonwalk? In the words of MJ himself: Ow! (*grabs crotch suggestively*)

Rather than dwell on what was lost, I’ve really appreciated the music critics and music stations that celebrate what was gained during Jackson’s career that spanned most of his half century here on this earth.

In fact, Jackson has been so influential, that many of his songs have found their way onto the show choir stage, which the Blawgirl performed on once upon a time. Here are a couple of her favorites that she’s found on the Interwebz:

Earth Song

It’s Got to Be Me/Scream

Renegade/ Smooth Criminal/Bad

ABC

I’ll Be There

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thegodfatherThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

A note from the Blawgirl: Frugal Finds will continue on a daily basis until the beginning of August, when it will become a weekly feature.

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2892058635_da341cba5fThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

A note from the Blawgirl: Frugal Finds will continue on a daily basis until the beginning of August, when it will become a weekly feature.

Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

  • $2 album download. The Amazon MP3 Store offers downloads of Greg Laswell’s Three Flights from Alto Nido for $1.99. The same 12-track album, released in 2008, goes for $9.99 at iTunes. (via DealNews)

Odds and Ends:

  • Up to 65 percent off on Anne Klein shoes. 6pm.com cuts up to 65 percent off on over 800 select styles of AK Anne Klein women’s shoes, with prices starting at $19.95. With $6.95 for shipping, almost every style is at the lowest total price we could find. (via DealNews)
  • Box o’ goodies. GraveyardMall.com has a Box of 50 items for the family for $9.99 plus $5.99 for shipping. It includes 50 assorted household items valued at over $250 at retail. Each box includes such diverse items as nail clippers, lighted magnifying mirror, ball point pens, cell phone holders, and more. (via DealNews)

Photo: Steve Wampler / Flickr

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320966632_ff1bfdee4bThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

A note from the Blawgirl: Frugal Finds will continue on a daily basis until the beginning of August, when it will become a weekly feature.

Alerts:

  • Florida to Mexico/Bahamas $29. JetBlue offers several 1-way fares starting at $29 as part of its Life’s A Beach Sale. According to DealNews, fares require an advance purchase of at least 14 days and must be booked by June 26 for travel between July 14, 2009 and October 6, 2009. Select prices are only good for travel on certain days of the week. Some other restrictions and blackout dates apply. Fares available for $29 include Fort Lauderdale, Fl., to Nassau, Bahamas, and Fort Lauderdale to Cancun, Mexico.

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  • Free patriotic music sampler. If you’re planning on hosting your own fireworks show this Fourth of July, why not kick the patriotism up a notch by backing your display with patriotic music? You can do that for free by downloading the Patriotic Music Sampler from Amazon.com. The 10-song sampler includes patriotic song staples like the Battle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America. (via DealNews)
  • $8 Regina Spektor album. Pick up the new Regina Spektor album Far, which goes for $13.99 at iTunes, from Amazon.com for $7.99. If you’re not familiar with Spektor, have a listen to some of the Blawgirl’s favorite songs by the songstress.

Samson

Fidelity

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UPdressesThe Blawgirl isn’t really one to wear accessories. Rings get in the way of typing or playing the piano. Earrings always seem to get stuck in her hair or in the weave of a sweater. Scarves get stuck in the car door or are attacked and chewed on by a curious doggie.

Rings, bling and shiny things have always seemed too fussy and unnecessary. Still, the Blawgirl may have to change her mind after learning of the very impressive Uniform Project.

In the project, which began in May, one girl aims to wear one dress style every day for one year. What’s awesome is that she’s not just wearing a burlap sack and calling it a fugly day. Nope. She accesorizes a fairly simple dress with belts, leggings, scarves, vests, sweaters and jewelry. The resulting outfits range from cute to cutting edge, and can be executed for a fairly affordable price.

What’s also awesome is that the project is also a way to raise money for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for slum children in India.

Visit The Uniform Project website!

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internettacosThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

A note from the Blawgirl: Frugal Finds will continue on a daily basis until the beginning of August, when it will become a weekly feature.

Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

  • $200 cash back from AT&T. At AT&T, sign up for a select U-verse package and receive $200 cash back. The price and availability vary by location. Deal ends September 19. DealNews, which listed the offer, notes that although plans start at $49 a month, the cheapest eligible for cashback appears to be $94 a month for the U200 Double Pack, which includes up to 200 TV channels and 3Mbp/s high speed Internet access.
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  • Free taco songs. If you missed the post last month, here’s a link to my list of songs about tacos.
  • 50 albums for $5 each. Just a quick reminder. Amazon.com’s MP3 store is still offering its monthly 50 albums for $5 each. June’s selection brings us a collection that includes music from Eartha Kitt, Elvis Costello, Bon Iver and Coheed & Cambria. Ms. Kitt’s album Gone But Not Forgotten includes 21 songs, including “C’est si bon” and “Let’s do it”.

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438037919_36785da891In The Shark Attack, the Blawgirl brings you a list of links to blog posts published at The Shark, a blawg written by and for law students.

Holy crap! Just realized I haven’t posted one of these in several weeks. Here’s a rundown of stories written by the Blawgirl published at The Shark. Chompy, chomp.

Photo: Richard Ling / Flickr

2892058635_da341cba5fThe Blawgirl crawls the Interwebz to find steals and deals for the frugal law student and the competitive bargain shopper. Find a new Frugal Finds 11:30 (ish) p.m. PST every Monday through Saturday! Also, each post is updated as I come across items. You’re welcome.

A note from the Blawgirl: Frugal Finds will continue on a daily basis until the beginning of August, when it will become a weekly feature.

Gadgets and Gear:

Entertainment:

Odds and Ends:

  • $7 mini tool kit. Buy.com has the Belkin 6-Piece Mini Tool Kit for $11.99 (Was: $19.99) with free shipping, but if you pay via PayPal the price drops down to $6.99. Deal ends June 22. (via DealNews)
  • Free personal finance magazine subscription. Freebizmag.com offers a 1-year subscription to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine for free after you fill out a short survey. The magazine features articles regarding investments, taxes, home ownership, and other personal finance topics. (via DealNews)
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