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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Scopes, John Thomas 1900-1970. American teacher who violated a state law by teaching the theory of evolution in a Tennessee high school. His trial (July 1925) was a highly publicized confrontation between defense attorney Clarence Darrow and the director of the prosecution, William Jennings Bryan. Scopes was found guilty and fined a nominal sum, but his conviction was later reversed on technical grounds.

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  • n. Tennessee highschool teacher who violated a state law by teaching evolution; in a highly publicized trial in 1925 he was prosecuted by William Jennings Bryan and defended by Clarence Darrow (1900-1970)

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  • Cattle crowding everyone past Xray machines or Fluro-Scopes is not medically ethical and completely unacceptable for children and young women who might suffer future complications from the ionized radiation.

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  • He was famous for opposing the teaching of evolution nearly 80 years before at a Dayton, TN, courthouse, in what's become known as the Scopes Monkey Trial, and for his nearly successful run at the White House years before that.

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  • DUMMERSTON, Vt. - This month marks the 80th anniversary of what became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.

    THE SCOPES TRIAL AND TODAY'S EVOLUTION BATTLES

  • The business lobby, hoping to fend off potentially sweeping emission limits, wants the EPA to hold a 'Scopes'-like hearing on the evidence that climate change is man-made.

    Unclemeat

  • The business lobby, hoping to fend off potentially sweeping emission limits, wants the US EPA to hold a 'Scopes'-like hearing on the evidence that climate change is man-made.

    Jennifer Marohasy

  • Recently, I had a chance to meet Barbara Forrest, one of the most important witnesses in the so-called Scopes 2 trial.

    Hullabaloo

  • TUCKER: The hearings have been characterized as the Scopes Trials turned on its head.

    CNN Transcript May 12, 2005

  • More now on the debate that goes back farther than the so-called Scopes monkey trial, the famous 1925 courtroom battle that put a biology teacher on trial for teaching evolution.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2002

  • Or consider Morgan's stalwart judge at the center of an intellectual clash in "Inherit the Wind," the dramatization of 1925's so-called Scopes Monkey Trial on evolution.

    The Seattle Times

  • Webcor was the first construction company to report its emissions related to fuel and electricity use, referred to as Scopes 1 and 2 respectively, to The California Climate Action Registry (CCAR).

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