Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

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There's no sign telling you not to take a photograph of the building at 3701 North Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Virginia. But if you do, expect to be stopped by a police officer, have your personal information recorded, and be told to delete the photo. That's what happened to Keith McCammon, who later found out the building houses the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The government apparently has a list of buildings it won't allow people to photograph. But citing security concerns, it refuses to release the list or warn people in advance that they can't photograph the buildings.

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Warren Blackwell spent three years in a British prison after being falsely accused of rape. After an appeals court freed him, he expected to get some compensation for being wrongly imprisoned. Instead, he got a bill for nearly 7,000 [pounds sterling] for "board and lodging."

For 35 years, students at Colorado's Middle Park High School have raised money for a two-day field trip of hiking and rafting. This year, when they got to their access point on the upper Colorado River, they were met by Parks and Recreation Department officer Andrew Maddox. Maddox said that they were violating a state law requiring commercial river outfitters to have a state license. He stopped the expedition and cited one of the teacher chaperones.

Maria Carrasquillo went to the Kissimmee, Florida, police department to get fingerprinted, a requirement for employment as a licensed practical nurse. …

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