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FYI: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the public housing authorities have the right to not only bar unauthorized visitors from entering their buildings and facilities but also from the streets that run through housing complexes. The ruling came in a case that challenged as unconstitutional a Richmond, Virginia no-trespassing law that covered seemingly public streets that run through its public housing complexes. The city said the policy aided cops in aggressively policing against violent crime, but lower courts had agreed it infringed upon free speech. The Court unanimously agreed that the law doesn’t infringe upon free speech on its face, but suggested it may be if it were used to stop picketing or other forms of protected speech. [6/17/03]