A little-known twist on the controversial Pledge of Allegiance case recently before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concerns whether the plantiff actually has custody of the child attending a public school in California’s Elk Grove Unified School District. The court finds that a non-custodial parent can still exert his or her own parental rights as long as they do not conflict with those of the custodial parent. The ruling means the previous case regarding the constitutionality of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance can move forward.Related Link: Micheal Newdow v. Congress and President of United States of America, et al
- The law establishes Alaska as the second state in the nation to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October, replacing Columbus Day.
- U.S. Senate leaders postponed a vote on their health care reform bill, but Alaskans opposed to the bill aren’t letting up. One Alaskan, a three-time cancer survivor, went to Washington to make his pitch directly.
- Oprah Winfrey and some of her friends will be cruising through Alaska next month. Forbes reports that the seven-day Holland America cruise "Share the Adventure" departs from Seattle on July 15 on July 15. The 2,104-passenger ship will visit Glacier Bay National Park, Juneau, Sitka and other Alaskan sites.