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Feds Appeal Connecticut Patriot Act Ruling

A court case involving the Patriot Act watched closely by officials at the Westport Public Library and other libraries throughout Connecticut took a new turn today in federal court in Bridgeport.

Federal prosecutors appealed a federal judge’s decision to lift a gag order on librarians who received an FBI demand for records about library patrons under the federal law.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall last week ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, in the case. The ACLU argued that the gag order prevented their client from participating in a debate over whether Congress should reauthorize the Patriot Act.

The ruling, which would allow the ACLU and its client to identify who received the request for records, was stayed until Sept. 20 to give the government a chance to appeal, which it did today.

CLASP Homes Sets Hurricane Relief Drive Sept. 27

CLASP Homes, a Westport-based non-profit serving adults with developmental disabilities, will hold a relief drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 27, the organization announced.

Those living in CLASP’s apartment program will be collecting bottled water, blankets, snack food or easy to open, non-perishable foods, batteries, tents and tarps. Everything that is collected will be taken to the Norwalk Armory.

While the people who live at CLASP are in need of support themselves, over the past couple of weeks several have asked how they can help the people of the Gulf Coast, an announcement said. It said this is a great opportunity for them to reach out to the survivors and make a difference in their lives.

Community members may drop off the items at the CLASP Homes office at 246 Post Road East between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sept. 27. For more information about CLASP and its programs, contact Development Director Alisa Levinson at (203) 226-7895 ext. 144 or visit www.clasphomes.org.

Previewing a History of Staples High School

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Author, columnist and soccer coach Dan Woog addressed today’s Sunrise Rotary Club meeting in advance of publication in November of his history of Westport’s Staples High School. Woog said while a history of a high school might sound like dry reading, the anecdote-filled story of Staples and the colorful personalities involved make it anything but that. WestportNow.com photo

Farrell Says Westport Will Aid Pascagoula

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