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"Rubin Wants Middle Name'Peace Activist'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Rubin, the region's indefatigable pacifist and former City Council candidate, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the city's refusal to print "peace activist" as his occupation on the ballot.
Rubin was recently turned away by the nation's high court, which refused to hear his appeal - but he has a new plan.
On Thursday, he filed for a legal name change so that he'll be known legally as Jerry Peace Activist Rubin. A Superior Court hearing on the request is set for Dec. 11, Rubin's 60th birthday.
"It's going to be my birthday present to myself," he said Friday.
Rubin has been listed in the local telephone book for years as Jerry Peace Activist Rubin to avoid confusion with the deceased "Chicago Seven" defendant Jerry Rubin, who lived in the same area.
The city refused to print the "peace activist" designation after Rubin's name when he unsuccessfully ran for City Council in 2000. City election officials contended the phrase violated state rules that ban misleading occupational descriptions.
Rubin sued in federal court and lost. Then he appealed and lost. In July, he appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined two weeks ago to hear the case."
"N.J. Town Has Fun With Speed Limit Signs
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) -- The familiar black and white speed limit signs in some rural parts of Burlington County aren't getting drivers to slow down. They're also not getting any laughs.
Officials believe new signs going up on a few roads should do both.
The signs include messages like "Free Speeding Tickets Ahead" and "Meet Our Judge - Exceed 25 mph."
Vincent Farias, a Burlington County freeholder, saw similar signs in Long Beach Township and thought they might work in Burlington County too.
"The signs are designed to attract attention by employing humor to make people more aware of speed limits," Farias said.
The signs are destined for places where speeding is a persistent problem. The brightly colored signs are scheduled to go up next week along county roads in Shamong and Medford Lakes.
If they reduce speeding, they might be put up elsewhere in the county, Farias said.""
"Hospital Opens'Kiss and Drive' Lanes
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Because affections could interfere with afflictions, a Norwegian hospital opened "kiss and drive" lanes Monday so staffers can kiss loved ones goodbye without blocking ambulances.
"A kiss is a good way to start the day," said a brochure that urged staff not to "get in the way" while they were doing it.
Staff at the St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim often stopped their cars outside the entrance to kiss loved ones goodbye as they were dropped off. But that caused traffic jams near the emergency entrance.
So the hospital opened special lanes on both sides of the road, with pink hearts painted on the pavement, so those among the 5,500 staffers who needed a little extra time for a last kiss goodbye could have it.
"It is important to ease access for patient transport (by car and ambulance) and visitors," hospital spokeswoman Marit Kvikne told The Associated Press. "Staff are encouraged to use the kissing lane on their way to and from work."
Trondheim is about 235 miles north of the capital, Oslo."