Milestones Apr. 21, 2003

UPHELD. By the SUPREME COURT, most of a Virginia law that permits the outlawing of cross burnings; in a 6-to-3 ruling; in Washington. While the court said that cross burnings intended to terrorize do not have First Amendment protection, it made a distinction (and inspired an outraged objection from Justice Clarence Thomas) by ruling that the 1952 statute was flawed because it did not take into account that some cross burnings could be purely political and thus deserving of constitutional protection.

AILING. ROBERT ATKINS, 72, founder of the high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet; in a coma, with severe head injuries, after slipping on...

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