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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, June 22

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The city's case against hundreds of anti-war protesters continues to crumble: Charges were dropped yesterday for 103 more people who were arrested on March 20. That leaves just 70 active cases out of more than 800 arrests that night. Strangely, most of the people who got corralled by police and spent nearly 24 hours in jail (with no food or phone calls) were not even the ones who shut down Lake Shore Drive. According to National Lawyers Guild attorney Melinda Power, who represented several protesters, "This was a deliberate plan on the part of the city to intimidate people to not protest the war." (Trib login: gapers/gapers)

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