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Being Annoying Is Now Legal in Grand Rapids

City dumps old law against jerks

(Newser) - A new vacation spot for America's most irritating people? After a 38-year ban, it's now OK to be annoying in Grand Rapids, Mich. On the advice of the city attorney, the city has decided to ax an old statute that says "no person shall willfully annoy another... More »

Brussels to Fine ... Insults

Watch your mouth, or it could cost you

(Newser) - Feel like really telling someone off? Keep it off the streets of Brussels, where you could now be fined as much as $315 for the offense. "Any form of insult is from now on punishable, whether it be racist, homophobic, or otherwise," the mayor was quoted as saying... More »

24 States Have 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Trayvon Martin shooting brings them renewed attention

(Newser) - The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has brought renewed scrutiny to Florida's "stand your ground" law on self-defense. In many states, a person who feels threatened in a public place is legally obligated to attempt to flee before deadly force can be used. Not so in Florida or,... More »

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