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FYI: The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals says the Lincoln Center has every right to bar protestors from using its fountain plaza. In 1999, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union Local 100 sought to stage a rally supporting its efforts to unionize workers at the Metropolitan Opera, but Lincoln Center rejected its application. The union sued, claiming the plaza is a public space and thus constitutionally protected for free speech. The court disagreed, ruling Lincoln Center’s arts-only policy for the plaza is legal. [11/20/02]

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