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AROUND THE STATE WOMEN STAGE TOPLESS PROTEST IN PARK

About a dozen women performed topless in a public park Saturday to protest the inequality of a state law that allows men, but not women, to go shirtless in public.

In the fifth annual Topfree Equality picnic, the women performed skits and dances poking fun at the law, while about 40 supporters, most of them wearing shirts, looked on.

There were no arrests at the event, which was designed to fit an exemption in state law -- aimed at topless dancers -- for performing and dancing. Ten women were arrested at last year's picnic; the group is appealing those convictions.

This year, the event proceeded without incident. Protesters performed before a backdrop of sheets hung from a clothesline in a shady, secluded corner of the city's Highland Park.

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