Opinion

November 7, 2012

Charles Oliver: Simply weeding out the sketchy guys

The New Orleans city attorney’s office has suspended assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell after a marijuana joint allegedly fell out of his pocket in court. Police cited Cantrell for simple possession of marijuana.

One business owner in Des Moines wasn’t happy with all of the security that accompanied a campaign appearance by President Barack Obama on Monday. Raygun, a T-shirt store inside the security perimeter set up by the Secret Service, had a sign on its window saying it did not want the agents in there. “It’s not that there’s anything illegal in here, we just employ several Colombian prostitutes and don’t want to tempt you guys,”  the sign read. That’s a reference to Secret Service agents who were caught earlier soliciting prostitutes in South America and then trying to not pay up.

Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash., says it has no choice but to allow a 45-year-old man to use the women’s locker room at its pool. The pool is also used by a local high school swimming team and a children’s swimming academy, and a 17-year-old girl complained when she saw the man roaming around the locker room and sauna nude. But officials say the man, who is a student at the college, identifies as a woman and state law bars them from discriminating against him on the basis of sexual identity.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent body overseen by the president that is supposed to make sure the federal government doesn’t unduly affect the rights of Americans in the war on terrorism. It met last week. That shouldn’t be news, but it was the first time in five years — and the first time since President Barack Obama took office — that the board has met.

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