Justice Watch: Keeping an Eye on the Law

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Florida Libraries Ban Adults in Kids' Area

ORLANDO, FLA. - Libraries in Florida's Orange County have barred unaccompanied adults from lingering in the children's areas of its 14 branches, a policy among the first of its kind in the nation.

Since Nov. 1, adults without children may select items in the children's section, but they cannot read books or loiter in the department, says Marilyn Hoffman, community-relations coordinator.

Officials with the Association for Library Service to Children say many libraries limit adults' use of computers or bathrooms in the children's departments, but Orange County's policy could be the first in the nation to restrict adults' presence in the areas.

"It's not a common trend, but I think it's going to become more common," says Cynthia Richey, a former association president. "It's, in part, a preemptive move" to protect kids.

Women object to intrusive patdowns

NEW YORK - Rhonda Gaynier, a New York real estate lawyer, was flying home from Tampa, Fla., and passing through airport security when she was asked to step aside for additional screening. What happened next shocked her: Using an open hand, a security agent touched her across her bra strap, and between her breasts - all in front of other passengers. "I've never been so humiliated in my life," she says.

The patdown before that mid-October flight was the result of a new government directive that airport screeners carry out more frequent, and more thorough, searches for explosives.

But women across the nation say the patdowns go too far. …