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It's not just Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia who are likely to die on the bench. Though those Supreme Court Justices are over 80, they've both steadfastly refused to consider retirement. They've got company. Many federal judges plan on hanging on to that gavel right to the end.

Since federal judges are appointed for life and must be impeached by Congress to be removed, their careers can last well into their twilight years. And while many remain sharp throughout that period, there are also concerns that an aging judiciary will lead to senile judges staying on the bench too long. In response, the Ninth Circuit has adopted a sophisticated senility awareness program to help judges recognize when it might be time to take a break from the bench.

Reno's SouthEast Connector was first proposed in the 1950s. Since then, it's remained controversial -- and unbuilt. The six-lane highway expansion between Reno and neighboring Sparks, Nevada, would follow along the local Steamboat Creek, potentially relieving traffic congestion, possibly spreading old mercury pollution, and unquestionably resulting in local wetland fill.

Now, more than six decades after its proposal and halfway into its construction, a local environmental coalition is going before the Ninth Circuit in a last ditch attempt to stop the road expansion.

The Ninth Circuit revived a seven-year-old class action lawsuit over Google's AdWords program on Monday. AdWords places brief, text-based ads on websites working with Google -- including, between 2004 and 2008, undeveloped domains and error pages. Advertisers sued, alleging that the placement of ads of such undesirable sites violated California's Unfair Competition and Fair Advertising Law.

The putative class of advertisers was originally denied certification under the theory that there was no common method for determining how much restitution each advertiser would be due. The Ninth Circuit reversed that ruling Monday, emphasizing that it's the entitlement to restitution itself, not the individual amount due, that mattered for class action certification.

Bees -- and their keepers -- won an important legal victory last Thursday when the Ninth Circuit ordered the EPA to cancel its approval of a toxic insecticide connected to bee deaths. The Ninth Circuit panel ruled that the EPA had approved Dow Chemical's use of sulfoxaflor as a pesticide without sufficient evidence about its potential effects.

The ruling is particularly important as sulfoxaflor, marketed commercially by Dow as Transform and Closer, is a neonicotinoid, a type of insecticide seen by many as connected to Colony Collapse Disorder, or the mass die off of bees.

The NCAA was given a brief reprieve from implementing payments to former college athletes after the Ninth Circuit granted them a stay last Friday. Without the stay, the association would have been required to start making payments to college football and basketball players for the use of their names, images, and likeness, following a player led anti-trust suit last year.

That suit, filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 other former college athletes, overturned NCAA rules which had prevented students from sharing in proceeds generated by the use of their likenesses. Now, the NCAA will be allowed to maintain its current rules while the Ninth considers its appeal.

Arizona shares a border with Mexico and Mexican-Americans make up a bit under a third of its citizens. Prior to the Mexican-American War, Arizona was even a part of Mexico. Despite the facts, Arizona declared ethnic studies illegal in 2010 and quickly banned Tucson's Mexican American studies program.

The state's attorney general at the time said that high school classes focusing on Mexican American history were "propagandizing and brainwashing." Tucson school board members feared that teachers were indoctrinating students through burritos -- seriously. The Ninth Circuit, thankfully, brought a little sanity back into the conversation, ruling this Tuesday that the law was at least partially unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's use of independent commissions in drawing legislative districts. In order to prevent gerrymandering, the state elected, through public referendum, to establish an independent commission to draw congressional districts. The state legislature challenged this practice, arguing that it violated the constitution's Elections Clause, which declares that the time, place and manner of Congressional elections should be determined "in each State by the Legislature therefor," though Congress can alter those regulations.

The opinion, written by Justice Ginsburg and joined by Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, held that states weren't limited to having their legislatures in charge of legislative districting, so long as the choice is enacted through proper means. "Legislature," read this way, isn't limited to elective representatives -- it means any law-making authority, including the people themselves.

The Yellowstone Club was to be one of the most ornate ski resorts in the West, a snowbound Shangri-la for the super rich described by The New York Times as "a ski community where there's no such thing as too much." That is, until the plan collapsed, with the club defaulting on loans worth hundreds of millions of dollars and the developer, Tim Blixseth, accused of misusing funds to support his extravagant lifestyle.

Blixseth is currently facing $250 million in judgments from creditors and has failed to account for $13.8 million in spending. That failure put him in jail for contempt of court, where a district court judge says he'll remain until a full accounting is made. He won't be getting any help from the Ninth Circuit either, as the appeals court refused his petition for release yesterday.

If you need something to do on a slow night, consider heading down the Ninth Circuit -- for a movie. That's right, the halls of justice aren't just for deciding cases, they also host regular movie screenings put together by judge Alex Kozinski.

The Los Angeles Times provided a glimpse behind the scenes of one screening, in a piece published on Thursday. Kozinski provides the film and booze for free, but the pizza will cost you $10. The judge claims to do the shopping with his administrative assistant and describes the nights as way to keep in touch with the court's community.

Animal welfare advocates have filed two lawsuits challenging the transfer of a pair of Asian elephants from a zoo in Seattle to Oklahoma City, claiming the move violates the state constitution and federal Endangered Species Act.

The transfer comes after years of controversy surrounding the fate of Seattle's elephants. The Seattle zoo, Woodland Park, agreed to end its elephant display last year, following several years of public pressure. Now, the future home of the elephants is subject to contention. The zoo plans on transferring them to Oklahoma City, where they would be housed in a recent addition to that city's zoo, while advocates argue the elephants should be sent to a sanctuary.