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New Jersey Lowers Flags For Houston

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he will order flags flown at half-staff at state government buildings Saturday in memory of Whitney Houston. The governor says Houston was a “cultural icon” who belongs in the same category in New Jersey music history as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen. He says her accomplishments were “a great source of pride for the people of the state.” Her funeral will be held the same day in her birthplace of Newark/Associated Press. (1999 AP file photo of Whitney Houston)

Question: Should New Jersey lower its flags to half-staff in memory of Whitney Houston?

Shield Law Doesn’t Protect Bloggers

Item: NJ court says shield law doesn't apply to bloggers: The New Jersey Supreme Court says bloggers and online posters don't have the same protections for sources as mainstream journalists/Beth DeFalco, AP. H/T: Orbusmax

More Info: People who post to online message boards don't have the same protections as mainstream journalists when it comes to keeping their sources secret, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court said in a unanimous ruling against a Washington state woman that New Jersey's shield law provides broad protection to the news media and is not limited to traditional news outlets like newspapers and magazines, but does not apply to message board posters.

Question: Does this New Jersey decision worry you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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