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NEW POLICY ON NUDITY SAVES PLAYWRIGHT

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, facing charges of indecent exposure at a Florida beach, has nothing to worry about, thanks to a new policy on public nudity. The Dade County state attorney's office said anyone caught for public nudity will now be charged with disorderly conduct instead of the more serious charge of indecent exposure unless the fleshy display is flagrant and vulgar.

Assistant State Attorney Jay Tome said Albee showed none of that behavior at Crandon Park beach Jan. 19, and the charges were dismissed. Albee's attorney, Rhea Grossman, said the playwright was merely rinsing sand out of his swimming trunks before leaving the beach.