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Lawyers celebrate First Amendment program that grew from flap over 'Annie'

Oct. 3--More than a decade after a lawsuit forced the Olathe School District to keep a homosexual-themed novel in school libraries, lawyers this week celebrated a First Amendment program that grew out of it.

The Olathe district had to pay winning attorneys almost $170,000. That money was used in 1999 to start the First Amendment Foundation Program, which was founded to promote those rights. Much of that effort is in Johnsons County.

Shook Hardy and Bacon of Kansas City, Mo., the winning law firm, contributed $30,000 more to start a program that has sponsored many college scholarships.

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