February 11, 2016
Moscow Exhibition Free For Women Wearing Heels
Moscow (AP) A music video with more than 33 million views online has inspired organizers of a Moscow art exhibit to offer free admission to women who turn up wearing high heels.
The video by Leningrad, one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, tells the story of a young woman going on a date with a man called Sergei to a show of works by Vincent van Gogh.
Moscow’s Art Play announced earlier this week that it will offer free admission to its multimedia van Gogh exhibition to women wearing high heels, and give a 50 percent discount to any man whose name is Sergei.
Kira Marinina, deputy curator of the exhibition, said organizers decided that offering discounts in the current economic situation would offer an occasion “to laugh at ourselves.”
Branded For Bernie: Dozens Get Inked With Free Sanders Tat
Montpelier, VT (AP) Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are wearing their support for him on their sleeves and on their rib cages, calves, necks and backs.
Several dozen people have flocked to Aartistic Tattoo in Montpelier, Vermont, to get a free tattoo of the senator, complete with his unkempt hair and thick-rimmed glasses.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the promotion began a week ago. Tattoo artist Chad Fay says it will run as long as Sanders does.
Tattoo artist Jessica Andrew tells the newspaper she inked Sanders’ image on eight people in two days. Fay says he’s done at least 15 tattoos of Sanders in the past week.
Woman Wanted Duo To Rob Restaurant Where She Worked
Washington, PA (AP) Police say a woman tried to get a couple to rob the Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant where she worked.
Police say 23-year-old Alayna Weishner-Rush asked the duo to rob the Burger King in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 14. The suspect wanted them to rob the restaurant while she was working the drive-thru window, so she could split the money with them later.
But police say the couple instead contacted police about the plan and no robbery occurred.
The Washington Observer-Reporter first reported the charges Monday. They were filed last week and Weishner-Rush faces a preliminary hearing on two counts of criminal solicitation on Feb. 16.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for the suspect, who remains in the Washington County jail on charges she violated parole in another case.
Lock Of Lennon’s Hair Expected To Fetch $10K
Dallas (AP) A lock of hair snipped from the head of John Lennon as the Beatle prepared for a film role is expected to sell for $10,000 at a Dallas auction later this month.
Heritage Auctions said in a news release Monday that the 4-inch lock was collected by a German hairdresser who trimmed Lennon’s hair before he started shooting “How I Won the War.”
The dark comedy, released in 1967, follows the World War II misadventures of British troops led by an inept commander.
The auction will be held Feb. 20 and Heritage says it will include other rare items linked to The Beatles, such as a signed photograph of all four members.
Memorabilia from other artists such as Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin also will be auctioned.
Retired Ohio Police Officer Gets To Buy K-9 Partner For $1
Marietta, OH (AP) A recently retired Ohio police officer has been allowed to buy his K-9 partner for $1. Officials in Marietta had created a social-media stir when they said Matt Hickey’s police dog, Ajax, had to be sold at auction because it was city property and could still work. Hickey and Ajax worked together for three years, and the dog lived with him.
Earlier this week, the city had said it would allow Hickey to keep the dog if Hickey continued to work for the police department on a volunteer basis after his retirement. Hickey refused, noting he retired in January over health concerns. Hickey says he’s “speechless and very grateful” that he gets to keep Ajax.
Twin Sisters In New Jersey Give Birth To Girls Minutes Apart
Voorhees, NJ (AP) Twin sisters in New Jersey have given birth to girls just minutes apart at the same hospital.
WPVI-TV reports that Stephanie Edginton and Nicole Montgomery delivered their daughters Cora and Louisa six minutes apart on Monday afternoon at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees.
Edington says she and her sister were both due to deliver their children on Friday. But Edginton was told to go to the hospital for labor while she was at a doctor’s appointment.
Edington says that as she was on her way to the hospital with her husband, she got a call saying Montgomery was on her way there, too.
The twins say they were born three minutes apart.
Snow Sculptors From Across The Nation Compete In Wisconsin
Lake Geneva, WI (AP) Fifteen teams of snow sculptors from 11 states have gathered in Wisconsin to compete to be named the best in the nation.
The U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship began Wednesday with judging set for Saturday morning along Geneva Lake.
The Wisconsin team that won with “Arbor Amor” depicting two intertwined trees last year has split into two and are competing against each other in this competition.
The teams receive a cylinder block of snow eight feet in diameter and nine feet high. They can use only saws, axes, files, scaffolding, shovels and other homemade implements.
They will be judged on creativity, technique and message.
The winner gets a trophy and an invite to an international snow sculpting competition.