February 19, 2015
No Charges For Woman Who Threw Bacon Into Police Station
Framingham, MA (AP) A judge has dismissed charges against a Massachusetts woman who threw uncooked bacon and sausage inside a police station while saying she was there to “feed the piggies.”
Lindsey McNamara, of Ashland, was charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property after the Dec. 26 incident, which was caught on video surveillance.
Police say the 24-year-old McNamara entered the Framingham station with a box of meat and started throwing it and smearing it on the dispatch window.
A judge Wednesday dismissed the destruction charge, saying police had provided little evidence that McNamara had damaged anything.
The MetroWest Daily News reports that the judge said the charge could be restored if police can prove damage.
The disorderly conduct charge will be dismissed upon payment of $150 in court costs.
Archaeologists Find Couple Locked In Millennia-Old Hug
Athens, Greece (AP) Death did not part them.
Archaeologists in southern Greece have discovered the grave of a man and woman buried as they died some 5,800 years ago‚ still tightly embracing.
A senior member of the excavation team, Anastassia Papathanassiou, says the discovery made in 2013 and publicized this week after DNA testing determined each skeleton’s sex‚ is the oldest of its kind in Greece. She says the couple most likely died holding each other.
Papathanassiou told The Associated Press on Friday that the remains of the couple, estimated to be in their 20s, were found near the Alepotrypa Cave, an important prehistoric site.
It’s unclear how they died and whether they were related, but Papathanassiou says further DNA testing should answer the latter question.
Montana Lawmakers Says Yoga Pants Should Be Illegal
Helena, MT (AP) A Montana legislative panel moved to kill an indecent exposure bill Wednesday after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, which Rep. David Moore introduced Tuesday. The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple.
The Republican from Missoula said he wouldn’t have a problem with people being arrested for wearing such provocative clothing such as tight-fitting beige garments. Moore also said yoga pants should be illegal. Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before a voice vote to table it.
Moore and retired professor Walt Hill drafted HB 365 after last year’s Bare as you Dare bicycle event outraged some residents last summer. Fearing that denying organizers an event permit would breach free speech, city officials allowed participants, many of them completely nude, to ride through downtown Missoula on Aug. 17. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1991 that state prohibitions on public nudity are constitutional given that nudity itself is not an expression. Currently, a person convicted of indecent exposure three times in Montana can be sentenced to life in jail and up to $10,000.
NY Tourism Website Urges Visitors To Go To Florida Instead
Ithaca, NY (AP) The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead. VisitIthaca.com’s home page displays Sunshine State vacation photos and provides links to the website for tourism information about the Florida Keys and Key West.
The top of the Ithaca page reads: “That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win. Key West anyone?”
Referring to “this ridiculously stupid winter,” the Ithaca website suggests visiting the Florida Keys this week and returning “when things thaw out.”
Ithaca and the rest of upstate New York have been in the grips of a snowy and brutally cold winter.
The most recent cold snap sent temperatures plunging as low as 28 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks early Tuesday.
A Snort Among Barks: Amy The Pig Excels In Dog Agility Class
Kent, WA (AP) One student in a suburban Seattle dog agility class is drawing a lot of attention, and not just for her athletic skills. Amy is a pig.
Amid the barking of corgis, collies and Labradors, visitors will sometimes hear a snort. And there’s Amy, jumping through the hoop, balancing on the teeter-totter, retrieving the dumbbell and zipping through the play tunnel.
Lori Stock owns 5-month-old Amy and says her indoor pig is a quick learner and very motivated by food rewards.
KOMO reports that Amy has already graduated from puppy manners class and has moved on to agility and obedience at the Family Dog Training Center in Kent.
Training center president Kathy Lang says that’s a first, though she recalls a pygmy goat did attend several training classes.
Boston Mayor Warns Window Snow Jumpers To Knock It Off
Boston (AP) Boston residents overwhelmed by massive snowfalls the last month have been recording videos of themselves jumping out of windows and into snowbanks, and Mayor Marty Walsh wants them to cut it out.
Walsh chastised thrill-seekers who’ve been filming themselves performing the frosty feat and then posting the videos on social media websites.
He says, “It’s a foolish thing to do, and you could kill yourself.”
He says Boston “isn’t Loon Mountain,” a New Hampshire ski resort. He said Monday the stunts are dangerous as city workers struggle to clear snow-clogged streets and deal with snowbanks 10 feet high.
The city has scrambled to keep roads clear after the record-breaking snowfalls.