Unless the car has some sort of hands-free device.
State Rep. Josh Shapiro is about to introduce legislation that brings Pennsylvania into line with an increasing number of communities across the country and at least 45 countries worldwide. He says cell phones distract drivers more than anything else on the road, leading to more accidents.
The term Philadelphia Lawyer has been around since at least 1735, when a clever barrister named Andrew Hamilton traveled to New York and won an early victory for freedom of the press.
The term Phila Lawyer brings to mind more modern liberties.
"Katherine pressed me up against the wall outside the parking lot elevator and shoved her tongue down my throat," begins the latest post from the anonymous local lawyer whose blog has returned after a year's leave.
A federal judge has tossed the case against Max, whose popular Web site celebrates his boozy carousing. On Friday, U.S. District Court Stewart Dalzell dismissed the claim by local publicist and event planner Anthony DiMeo III, who had contended his reputation suffered from comments made on TuckerMax.com after his New Year Eve party went awry. (For more background, see The Blueberry Heir v The Web's Bad Boy.)
DiMeo said Monday he is likely to appeal and pursue those who commented on Max's site.
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick performs a helpful public service and translates the U.S. Supreme Court's action yesterday in the matter of Anna Nicole Smith into a format more friendly to cable news shows.
Understanding that the court's narrow attention to the juicy inheritance case makes it unlikely fodder for a Nancy Grace panel of experts, Slate has the Supremes address such camera-ready topics as:
Did Anna Nicole Smith truly love J. Howard Marshall?
(6.29.06 UPDATE: Case dismissed.)
Can you wish on an Internet site that someone meets "the end of a Magnum?" Or tell them, "I hope you die soon?" How about accuse them of "possible fraud" or ask if they've paid a local politician a bribe? What if you do it anonymously? Or under a made up name? What if your Web administrator writes this stuff?
A defamation lawsuit filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court asks these questions, and pits local publicist and man-about-town Anthony DiMeo III against Tucker Max, a New York writer and man-about-town, who uses his web site to chronicle long nights of drinking and debauchery. And apparently annoy DiMeo endlessly.
Bill Cosby has been parodied on The Simpsons, South Park and The Family Guy, caricatured a dozen times in Mad Magazine and portrayed by three generations of cast members on Saturday Night Live - Eddie Murphy, Kenan Thompson and (!) Adam Sandler.
So why are his lawyers zeroing on a popular Web-based animated series called "House of Cosby" that's written for free by a 25-year satirist?
That is a question blogger Andy Baio wants to know.