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State prisoner sues over racy magazines

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RALEIGH (AP) -- An inmate in Harnett County says prison officials violated his constitutional rights by refusing to let him have magazines he ordered that contain racy material. Joseph Urbaniak argues in the federal lawsuit that prison officials who withheld the magazines are discriminating against him because he's gay. Urbaniak is an inmate at Harnett Correctional Institution. He initially filed the lawsuit without the help of a lawyer. N.C. Prisoner Legal Services took up his cause. Prison officials say the magazines violate prison policy. They acknowledge that they withheld some of Urbaniak's magazines, but they deny violating his rights. They also say he had a chance to contest the withholding of the magazines. The Department of Corrections' Web site says Urbaniak was convicted in New Hanover County of taking indecent liberties with a child. He's been in prison since 1995 and has a projected release date of July 2014. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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with all of the

challenges our local, state and national economies face, you knuckleheads want to debate what is or is not gay. Fine tuning definitions went out with former President Clinton. Here's a simple solution: 1. Limit reading material to the Koran, Bible, and Christian Science Monitor. 2. Limit television viewing to Weather Channel, CNN, and Disney or Nickleodiun. That takes care of gender and sexual orientation. Oh, the prison authorities could focus on budget cuts with a strict diet of fruit, vegetables, peanut butter & jelly, milk or water, and donated fruitcake. Let's focus on good health -- if not already enacted, make the facilities smoke free. No cigarettes, cigars or other tobacco products. Promote good dental hygiene -- no gum or candy. Good exercise -- daily outdoor calistentics and jogging regardless of weather. Shaved heads and no facial hair -- cuts down the potential for lice. Uniforms -- pink sweats from October through April; pink nurses jammies from May through September. Everyone dresses alike. Visitors Day -- the day you are released.

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