- - Monday, March 5, 2012

CRANSTON — Officials at a Rhode Island public high school have taken down a prayer banner that a federal judge ordered removed.

The state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued over the banner’s constitutionality, says the display at Cranston West High School has been permanently removed.

Executive Director Steven Brown says the ACLU has agreed to allow more time to settle the issue of legal fees. ACLU lawyers who sued on behalf of 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist have asked the court to order the city to pay $173,000. The city has until March 19 to lay out its opposition.

Cranston schools superintendent Peter Nero tells the Providence Journal the banner is being stored in an undisclosed location.

The school committee voted last month not to appeal the judge’s ruling.

CALIFORNIA

Condoms now required for city’s porn actors

LOS ANGELES — Condoms are now required on Los Angeles porn sets.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed an ordinance in January requiring that actors in adult movies in the city must use condoms in order for producers to get a filming permit, and the rule took effect Monday.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation lobbied for the regulation for years and says it’s essential to protect adult film actors from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The group is collecting signatures for a November ballot measure that would require condoms on sets countywide.

But industry leaders say the new regulation might drive them from the nation’s porn capital. They estimate that as many as 90 percent of U.S. porn films are made in Los Angeles, most of them in the suburban San Fernando Valley.

WEST VIRGINIA

Boy trying to help mom killed by car

CHARLESTON — Authorities say an 11-year-old boy was killed as he tried to get help for his mother, who was fighting with her boyfriend on the side of an interstate in West Virginia.

Charleston police say the woman, 30-year-old Lynitrah M. Woodson, was driving on Interstate 77 late Saturday when she got into an argument with her boyfriend, 21-year-old Ethan Samuel Chic-Colbert. Police say he hit Ms. Woodson, then dragged her out of the car after she pulled over.

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