Archive for February, 2013

Newspaper in ‘slut’ storm

A local newspaper is in trouble for labelling models who would be performing at a private lingerie fashion show as “sluts.”

The New York Daily News reports California’s Carmel Pine Cone sparked outrage by printing the offensive word above a picture of the women on its front page.

Newspaper bosses say it was simply reporting the words of a concerned resident who spoke out against the lingerie and tequila show at a council meeting.

But Racey Promotions, the PR firm behind Thursday’s event, want damages – saying the snap was used without permission and the word is defamatory to those appearing in it.

It also says that two of the girls in the picture, aged 17 and 18, did not attend the $50 show at the Vesuvio restaurant – and are now at risk of cyber-bullying.


Romance is dead – in your fortune cookie

The world’s largest fortune-cookie manufacturer has removed romantic messages from inside its cookies in response to complaints from parents.

“Some parents sent us e-mails. They said they didn’t want their kids reading them,” said Derrick Wong, a VP at Brooklyn-based Wonton Food. “Different people have a different perspective.”

Gone are suggestive fortunes such as, “One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes,” “Romance and travel go together,” “The evening promises romantic interest,” and “A romantic mystery will soon add interest to your life.”

Disney’s White Rabbit accused of racism by black family

A San Diego family is suing Disneyland, claiming a theme park character snubbed their kids because they are black.

The New York Daily News reports that Jason and Annelia Black claim an actor in a costume for the White Rabbit character from “Alice in Wonderland” ignored their two sons and their cousins, who are black, during a trip in August. To make matters worse he then allegedly “showered” affection on a group of white children.

Cop suspended for leaving gun in public loo

A Boston police captain has been suspended without pay for leaving his revolver in a courthouse toilet, the Boston Herald reports.

Capt. John Rogers will lose 30 days pay, give up his job in internal affairs and undergo retraining in the proper handling of department-issued weapons, Plymouth Police Chief Michael E. Botieri said this week.

Seven-year-old suspended from school for throwing imaginary grenade

A seven-year-old in Colorado has been suspended from his elementary school for “throwing” an imaginary grenade during a harmless make-believe game he was playing called “rescue the world.”

The boy claimed he was, in fact, simply trying to rescue the world, reports the New York Daily News. But officials at Mary Blair Elementary School, in Loveland, Colo., said playing with a weapon, the pretend grenade in this case, whether imaginary or real, is unacceptable on school grounds.

Six-year-old girl crashes mum’s car in bid to see dad

A six-year-old girl attempted to drive away her mum’s car in a bid to see her dad – but ended up crashing into two parked vehicles.

Pittsburgh police said the girl didn’t hurt anyone in the accident which happened after she took her mother’s car keys.

Police Sgt. Jerry Parker said the little girl is tall for her age, though that doesn’t quite explain how she learned to drive, saying, “How she knew how to operate a car, your guess is as good as mine.”

The Associated Press reports the girl hit two parked vehicles, pushing one of them into a third, before hitting a utility pole.

Police and the girl’s father arrived to take her home after the accident.

Authorities are still investigating, but haven’t said if anyone will face charges.

Thief who stole from church forgets mobile phone

A young thief who tried to steal from a church was foiled because he left his mobile phone at the scene.

Police in San Marcos went to investigate a possible burglary just after midnight at Mission Hills Church on Mission Hills Court, said sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Jennings.

Deputies discovered an X-Box and several controllers were missing. They also found a mobile phone left at the church. Deputies used the phone to determine the address of the phone’s owner and were able to recover the stolen items, Jennings said.

The 17-year-old boy was taken to Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility.

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