December 5, 2013
Topless Barber Charged With Unlicensed Cosmetology
Longmont, CO (AP) A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn’t cutting hair without a top. It’s cutting hair without a license.
The Longmont Times-Call reports 46-year old Suzette Hall was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of practicing cosmetology without a license.
Hall’s former partner says she advertised $45 topless haircuts online.
According to the arrest warrant, the former partner called police about the topless styling because she “did not believe this was safe or proper.”
Police weren’t able to turn up any Craigslist ads.
Hall’s ex-husband told police she set up shop in Loveland and offered services as “Rebel Barber.” He told police she applied for “a nude license for hairstylists,” but no such license exists.
Beijing Destroys BBQGrills To Cut Pollution! Yep, It’s True
Beijing (AP) Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time.
Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues “to cut PM2.5”, the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs.
Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on.
Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution.
A media officer at Beijing’s Xicheng district administration bureau said the hundreds of barbecue grills were confiscated over a three-month campaign and cut up so they couldn’t be used again. She refused to give her name, as is common with Chinese officials.
Environmental campaigner Ma Jun said residents had complained to environmental agencies in the past about the odor and smoke from open-air barbecues.
Shrunken Head? Ripley’s NY To Shoppers: Believe It
New York (AP) Where’s a Black Friday shopper to turn for a 19th century vampire-killing kit?
Believe it or not, the item is part of the Black Friday madness at the Ripley’s Times Square Odditorium. It will set you back about $25,000.
At a little more than $19,000 a shrunken head is a comparative bargain.
Or the thoughtful gift-giver might prefer a taxidermy Albino giraffe. The price tag is about $1.7 million. Gift-wrapping is not included.
Still got tons of room under the Christmas tree and about $2.5 million to spare? Your loved one might be clamoring for 18th century, iron-clad elephant armor from India.
Already shopped out? No problem. The “featured collection” is being offered until Dec. 24.
Ho, Ho, No! NYC Santa Claus Parade Come To An End
New York (AP) Santa Claus ISN’T coming to town.
The group that puts on the city’s annual Sidewalk Santa Parade said its last bell has been jingled.
Volunteers of America-Greater New York said the parade and its Sidewalk Santa fundraising efforts have been retired and it’s using other ways, such as online giving and money from private donors, to raise funds for its Hope and Hearth food voucher program.
“It was just not the most effective way to raise money,” vice president Rachel Weinstein said Monday.
The parade traditionally took place the Friday after Thanksgiving, with the Santa-costumed participants marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. The program also had Santas staff locations on city streets to try to get donations from people passing by their locations. The organization has had a Sidewalk Santa program since the early part of the 20th century.
But recruiting workers willing to stand outside in the cold for several hours has become increasingly difficult, Weinstein said, and the resources used on the program didn’t bring enough of a return.
“We know we have to do as much as we can with the money that we have,” she said.
So after discussing it over the past year, the organization decided it was time to call a halt to the program, Weinstein said.
Russia Outraged By Giant Louis Vuitton Suitcase
Moscow (AP) Politicians didn’t like it, the public didn’t like it, so the gigantic Louis Vuitton suitcase is being booted out of Red Square.
The GUM department store on Red Square, which is responsible for 30-feet (nine meters) high and 100-feet (30-meters) long construction, promised in a statement released Wednesday that it would be dismantled. Politicians and public alike condemned the exhibit, a stone’s throw from the tomb of communist leader Vladimir Lenin. State news agencies reported that the Kremlin had demanded the removal of the display. The construction is part of an exhibition called “The Soul of Travel,” marking Vuitton’s 150th anniversary and was to open on Dec. 2. Louis Vuitton said the construction was a copy of a model owned by a Russian noble, Prince Vladimir Orlov.
Dog-Doo Scofflaws Get Bagged Through DNA Testing
Braintree, MA (AP) Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those who’ve experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identify the culprits who don’t clean up after their pets.
It’s the latest twist in the long-running struggle to keep canine waste off lawns, hallways, elevators and other common areas of animal-friendly community buildings.
DNA monitoring has yielded immediate and dramatic results in the condominium community of Devon Wood, where maintenance staff previously reported seeing, stepping onto or driving over several piles of droppings each week on its 350-acre property.
“We initially didn’t‚ for a better part of a month‚ didn’t find any waste, which just floored us,” said Barbara Kansky, who manages the 398-unit condo development in the town of Braintree that introduced DNA monitoring in July.
Polite reminders, letters and notices previously failed to persuade errant pet owners to observe condo rules requiring them to clean up after their animals, Kansky said. There were problems even after residents reported seeing others failing to pick up their dog’s messes.
“We would call or send a letter and that dog owner would say: ‘Prove it,’” Kansky said.
So she searched online and found Knoxville, Tenn.-based BioPet Vet Lab, which specializes in testing DNA from dog poop to identify offending animals. So far, one resident dog has been identified as an offender.
Police Chief Shot With Taser Raises $800 Cash
Knightstown, IN (AP) A police chief of a small eastern Indiana town who was shot by a stun gun at fundraising event to buy a new squad car says he raised about $800 in cash and received a $25,000 pledge from a Texas company.
Knightstown Police Chief Danny Baker says he’s been receiving calls from all over the country and expects to collect more money. His goal was to raise $9,000 so the town of about 2,100 people about 25 miles east of Indianapolis could lease a new squad car. He says he might be able to get a second car.
He says the feeling of being hit with 50,000 volts of low-amp electricity Wednesday night felt like someone hitting him in the back of the head repeatedly.