---- — Blood drives hosted around region
PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Blood Center is partnering with many businesses and organizations to hold numerous blood drives this month.
Here is the schedule: 4 to 7 p.m. today, Brushton-Moira American Legion Post 939; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, Clinton County Department of Social Services; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Clinton County Government Center; 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, U.S. Border Patrol, Malone; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, St. Lawrence County Human Services Center in Canton; 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Essex County Department of Social Services; and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Cumberland 12 Cinemas, Plattsburgh; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Clinton County Advocacy and Resource Center, New York Road; 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Bill McBride Subaru; 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, West Chazy Fire Department; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Sam’s Club, Consumer Square; 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Mooers Fire Department; 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Ausable Forks Ambulance Service; 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Alice Hyde Medical Center; 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, Essex Fire Department; 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, Keene Valley Neighborhood House; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department; 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Chateaugay Fire Department; 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, NuMed, Hopkinton, N.Y.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, CVPH Medical Center Laboratory Conference Room.
For more information about sponsoring a drive or becoming a blood donor, call 562-7406 or go to www.cvph.org. To learn more about the bone marrow registry, go to www.BetheMatch.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appeals court: School can’t ban ‘boobies’ bracelets
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania school district cannot ban “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets, rejecting the district’s claim that the slogan — designed to promote breast cancer awareness among young people — is lewd.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also concluded that school officials didn’t prove the bracelets were disruptive.
“Because the bracelets here are not plainly lewd and because they comment on a social issue, they may not be categorically banned,” Judge D. Brooks Smith wrote in the 9-5 decision.
The ruling is a victory for two Easton Area School District girls who challenged the school rule in 2010 with help from the American Civil Liberties Union. Easton is one of several school districts around the country to ban the bracelets, which are distributed by the nonprofit Keep A Breast Foundation of Carlsbad, Calif.
ACLU lawyer Mary Catherine Roper said the ruling supports the rights of students to discuss important topics.
“It explicitly says school children talk about important things, and when they (do) ... that’s the kind of speech we want to protect and promote,” Roper said.