Wednesday, March 21, 2007

School sued over teen's 'Winnie the Pooh' socks


A few week's ago, school officials were in a tizzy over three female students using the word "vagina" on stage.

Now a story comes to us about a school administration in Napa, California that sent a 14-year-old girl to detention (called Students With Attitude Problems, or SWAP) for wearing a denim skirt and socks bearing the likeness of Tigger, the bouncing tiger from the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh tales.

As Eyeore said, "Pathetic. That's what it is, pathetic."

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Monday, March 19, 2007

'Tailgate me and I'll shoot! -- Detroit woman opens fire on motorist


Driving along Interstate 94 in Detroit, a woman opened fire on a pickup truck she said had been tailgating her.

Bernadette Houghton Headd, 39, claims she believed the truck was trying to run her off the road.

When she was arrested, she told police, "I'm tired of people tailgating me."

Her mother has an excuse for her, too. She'd been under a lot of stress caring for a sick family member, her mother told reporters.

"When you're afraid for your life, I mean, what is it you're supposed to do?" she asked. She said her daughter only meant to "scare him off," not hit the vehicle. truck.

Headd, who has a concealed weapons permit, is a good shot, her mother said.

She has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle and using a firearm during a felony.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

E-cards for women who have had abortions


Saint Patrick's Day, Grandparents Day, a divorce... there's a greeting card (and e-card) for every holiday and every event in your life.


...a new line of e-cards for women who have had an abortion.

You can choose from such sentiments as "As you grieve, remember that you are loved," "God will never leave you or forsake you," one for someone who "did the right thing," and three more. The e-cards are available in English and Spanish from Exhale.

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Mohawk hairstyle makes artist of police photographer


The Memphis, Tennessee police photographer had to back up when he took mugshots of Anna Clifford, who was booked for driving under the influence after celebrating her birthday recently, the Daily Mail reported.

Anna's "Mohican" hairstyle rose peacock-like 18-inches above her head.

Police said she had was driving with her sunroof open to accommodate her unusual hairdo.

Police mugshots are required to show the arrestee "as they look" at the time of arrest.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ashley Tisdale: Fresh-faced role model who wears panties


Disney girl Ashley Tisdale of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and "Highschool Musical" says she has no tattoos, and wears panties "all the time."

Finally, after all the trashy Lisa Lohans and Britney Spears, someone we can let our young kids follow without too much worry. Ordinarily, I don't like anything Disney, but what the heck? At eight years old, my son's not quite ready for ogling the pantyless crowd. In fact, he still has no idea who Britney Spears is.

Thank God — or Disney — for small miracles.

— Mary

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

'Vagina, vagina, vagina!"


Add "vagina" to the list of words you can't say if you're a high school student.

At least that is the way officials at a public high school in Cross River, New York feel.

Three 16-year-old girls said the word "vagina" during a reading from the play The Vagina Monologues.

John Jay High School Principal Richard Leprine said the girls were punished because they disobeyed orders not to say the word "vagina," the AP reported.

Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, made a public statement saying the girls were right for "standing up for art and against censorship." Ensler called the school's position "a throwback to the Dark Ages."

Ensler also said she called the girls to show her support.

Honor students Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and Hannah Levinson, included the word because, as Levinson said, "we knew it was the right thing to do. Since we're comfortable saying it, we should make other people comfortable saying it."

Last Friday the girls read from the play at an event sponsored by night, among various readings at an non-school event sponsored by a literary magazine. The girls will all serve one-day, in-school suspensions Wednesday.

UPDATE, Tuesday, March 13: CNN has reported that Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, has accepted an invitation to speak at the school's theater, just before an upcoming Board meeting. The girls' suspensions are still on hold.

UPDATE, Wed., March 14: According to one of the girls, all three girls received letters from the school administration lifting the suspensions, the AP reported.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Laughing Lolitas pull bank heist; captured two days later


It must have been the pot. What else could make it seem like a good idea to two 19-year old Atlanta-area women to put on sunglasses and laugh their way through a bank robbery?

Heather Johnston and Ashley Miller, along with 22-year-old Benny Herman Allen III, a bank teller at a Bank of America in a Cobb County, Ga., Kroger, were arrested after a short car chase two days after they pulled off their Ha-Ha Heist. The three were charged with felony theft and marijuana possession.

The Associated Press reports that a fourth accomplice, Michael Chastang, 27, also was arrested and charged with felony theft and drug trafficking. His role in the plot is unclear from news reports.

The women were charged with the less serious offense of felony theft rather than bank robbery because they had inside help from Allen, the teller.

The press has dubbed these women the "Barbie Bandits."

Hey, kids! I know sometimes phrases popular in previous generations don't always make sense to you... but this is not what is meant by "laughing all the way to the bank."

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