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Old 08-05-2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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trivia 8/5

trivia 8/5
In the biggest cities, the temperature can be 18 degrees Fahrenheit higher than it would be if that land were undeveloped. Industrial manufacturing and air-conditioning actually create heat, plus the big buildings and roads absorb a lot of sunlight and store it efficiently. This causes the air to rise more over cities, which increases cloud formation, which in turn produces more rain and heavier thunderstorms. So if you live in a big city, your chances of experiencing thunderstorms also are greater than in the surrounding countryside.

1. To which of the fifty must I travel to ascend Pikes Peak?
2. speaking of pike's peak, what was the first name of the pike it was named for?
3. name the two actors who won Oscars for the 1944 movie, "going my way".
4. To the nearest 10, what was the lowest point ever reached by the Dow Jones average?
5. which island group is the namesake of an alligator relative?
6. can you name the poet who wrote "tales of a wayside inn"?
7. Which flowers are said to symbolize the Crucifixion ?
8. Who succeeded John Paul I as Pope ?
It is illegal to burn the American flag.
1. Colorado
2. Zebulon
3. Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald
4. 41.22
7. Passion Flowers
8. John Paul II
It was illegal until 1989, when the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Texas vs.. Johnson that burning the flag is a form of symbolic speech protected by the First Amendment. The case involved Gregory Lee Johnson, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade, who had burned the flag during a protest at the 1984 Republican National Convention. He was convicted of violating Texas’s flag-desecration law, fined $2,000 and sentenced to a year in jail. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the conviction, ruling that Johnson was exercising his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
The Supreme Court’s decision invalidated a 1968 national flag-desecration law, as well as similar laws in 48 states (all except Wyoming and Alaska). In response, Congress passed the Flag Protection Act, but that law was also challenged and wound up in the Supreme Court. The court in 1990 essentially affirmed its earlier ruling, stating that any law banning flag burning violated free speech.
Those decisions led to a national movement to amend the Constitution to make flag desecration illegal. The leading voice in that effort has been the Citizens Flag Alliance, which was founded in 1994 by the American Legion. Proposed amendments have come up regularly in the House and Senate since then but have yet to receive sufficient support.

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