AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Employees at several Austin businesses have found stickers saying “exclusively for white people” placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor.
Mayor Steve Adler said the stickers discovered Wednesday morning were “an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city.”
The stickers also say “Maximum of 5 colored customers / colored BOH staff accepted,” apparently referring to the “back of house” operations at a restaurant. They featured a city of Austin logo and claimed to be “sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program,” though no such program exists. The city has said the use of its logo was unauthorized.
After some tips and follow-up work by Det. Lang, Louie the clown has been recovered after being stolen from Joyland. pic.twitter.com/J6fxqKxeUw
An iconic mechanical clown that went missing from its home at a shuttered Wichita, Kansas amusement park more than 10 years ago ago turned up Tuesday in the house of a convicted sex offender, authorities said.
Louie the Clown, a life-sized, perma-smiling, cone-hatted doll, spent decades at the keys of a Wurlitzer organ at the Joyland Amusement Park.
Generations of locals remember him from their childhood. But Joyland closed in 2004, and Louie disappeared from the property a year or two later. In 2010, Louie was reported stolen, triggering public fascination with his whereabouts.
More: Iconic Wichita Clown Recovered From Sex Offender’s Home - NBC News.com — Jon Schuppe
The news of infamous criminal Charles Manson’s recent engagement to a woman in her 20s turned some heads late last year — but a new twist in the story is even more unbelievable.
According to the New York Post, journalist Daniel Simone told the tabloid the engagement was a scheme by the fiancee to profit by putting Manson’s body on public display after his death.
Simone and a collaborator, Heidi Jordan Ley, are currently working on a book, “The Retrial of Charles Manson.” The authors claim to have spoken with Manson regularly before his phone privileges were suspended.
Manson, 80, and Afton Elaine Burton, who according to the Post is now 27 and goes by the name Star, applied for a marriage license in November.
Red Bull is now talking about the stunt performed by Will Gadd, the first man to ever scale the ice-covered Niagara Falls.
Gadd, a professional climber and one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, was at the Horseshoe Falls on Tuesday to climb the ice formation while a TV crew looked on from Terrapin Point on Goat Island.
Gadd made his way up the 140-foot ice wall while 150,000 tons of water flowed at speeds of 70 mph next to him.
File under “Headlines you couldn’t make up”
A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants.
The trial had been scheduled for Thursday in Orlando but is now set for March.
Lolita Grayson had been suffering chest pains. When she went to a hospital to get checked out, she was told she needed emergency surgery to remove the leaking implants and scar tissue, according to court papers filed this week.
I’ve never heard of anything like this before - the first thing that pops into my mind is “Who would Lease a pet?”
An Oregon couple sued a pet store that “leases” pets rather than selling them, allegedly to duck licensing laws, and to be able to euthanize the animals if it wants.
Sandee and Walter Strunk sued Hannah’s LLC dba Hannah the Pet Society on Dec. 4 in Multnomah County Court.
Hannah’s operates stores in Tigard and in Happy Valley, both in Oregon, according to the.
The Strunks claims Hannah’s engages in a “pernicious form of pet leasing” to duck state and local regulations “governing veterinary practices and boarding facilities.”
The Strunks claim Hannah’s charges around $200 to use its “pet matching” service that promises to pair a customer with the perfect animal.
Hannah’s claims they get their animals only from animal recues and shelters, but the pets really come from “backyard breeders and puppy mills” because rescue organizations “generally refuse to do business with defendant due to its business practices,” the Strunks say in the lawsuit.
So, ladies, you say you want a raise? How should you go about getting it?
First, you have to figure out how to compete with the guy in the next cubicle. After all, he went to a school almost as good as yours. His grades were nearly as good as yours, too. He works hard. In fact, most mornings, he’s the second person in the office. You know this, because you’re always first. He is young, ruggedly good looking, and he washes his balls with a manly but fresh sandalwood soap.
What to do?
Fortunately, the good folks at Women’s Day and Summer’s Eve have a few words of advice for you.
Mobley spotted something brown moving in the hard-packed snow of the debris field.
“It looked like a guy’s arm at first because we were expecting to see a skier,” Mobley said. “But it was moaning and groaning and moving and we realized it was a moose, even though only his ears and some of its snout was sticking out of the snow.”
The men grabbed shovels. Two men dug while the other looked for signs of another avalanche. When the animal’s head was cleared, Vucinich took a picture. The moose didn’t struggle and appeared calmer as they cleared snow.
“It didn’t even fight us,” Mobley said. “It was like, ‘Help me. Help me.’ It was totally docile and let us touch it. It just (lay) there,” Mobley said.
After about 10 minutes, Mobley said, three-quarters of the animal was free. The men were not sure if the moose was injured. One poked the moose’s rump with a shovel.
“It stood right up and towered over us, because we were in kind of a hole from the digging,” Mobley said. “It looked like the abominable snowman because its fur was so packed with snow and it looked at us, shook the snow off it, and off it went.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect caricature of America’s wildest, bawdiest and most unintelligible impulses than Florida Man.
As the Internet’s most notorious citizen, Florida Man isn’t a single person, let alone a single resident of Florida. He’s an amalgamation of the characters who populate the ridiculous news stories that often trickle out of the Sunshine State. Florida Man is a raunchier version of the Onion’s mild-mannered Area Man, a caricature, with a wink and a nod, to our fellow Americans.
Florida Man is best known for his outlandish conduct, which ranges from the bizarre (carrying a meth lab in his pants) to the terrifying (trying to ignite a “race war” near Disney World). His batshit crazy antics are frequently documented on the Twitter account @_FloridaMan with headlines like “Hospital Nearly Burns Down After Florida Man on Oxygen Tank Tries to Smoke Crack in ICU” and “Florida Man Firebombs Boss’ Truck Because Meth.”
In short, Florida Man is America’s id. And although he hails from the nation’s wang, Florida Man embodies America’s deepest and darkest desires — and does so with reckless abandon. Jalopnik’s Patrick George described him best as “America’s worst superhero” in 2013: “Whoever this Florida Man is, he’s clearly insane and unstoppable. He feels no pain, has no ethics, and is capable of feats far beyond that of normal American man. It almost sounds like Florida Man is a superhero — just a really terrible one.”
As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to salute the best and brightest of this year’s class of Florida Men.
Nope. Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has not become godmother of a Jewish baby to stop him from becoming a werewolf - despite what you may have read in multiple news reports.
Over the past few days, the story has been reported and unquestioningly re-reported across the echo chamber of the internet, picked up by news organisations around the world including Haaretz, Buzzfeed, The Independent and The Huffington Post.
Like all good urban myths, the articles were based on a grain of truth: by tradition, the seventh son (or daughter) born to an Argentine family is eligible to become the godson (or daughter) of the president.