The Mayor of Dublin, Georgia may be opening up a debate on what should be considered indecent exposure after announcing that wearing saggy, baggy pants is a violation that could face fines up to $200. Best has been mayor of this town of approximately 16,000 residents for over a decade, while also serving as CEO of his own construction company. CNN reports that this week he will sign an amendment to the municipality's indecent exposure ordinance‚ÄĒan amendment that prohibits the wearing of pants or skirts "more than three inches below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments." Some residents in Dublin, in central Georgia about 130 miles southeast of Atlanta, feel the rule will single out a specific group of citizens and lead to profiling, an accusation Best says is "ridiculous," claiming the ordinance has been ‚Äúviolated by all races and sexes.‚ÄĚ Best is also not alone in his campaign.
Flint, Michigan recently passed a ban against sagging pants. So did Riviera Beach, Florida, only to have the legislation declared unconstitutional. "It's time we all have a mutual respect for each other ... what a person does in the privacy of their home is fine," Best said. "But if I had an 8-year-old daughter, I don't think she needs to be subjected to looking at someone's rear end."
It has been one month since Urzua and his colleagues became trapped 2,300 feet underground in the Atacama desert, after their mine collapsed around them. Since then, Urzua, a shift foreman, has assumed command and control of the underground world that he and 32 fellow miners now live in. While they await a rescue possibly months away, Urzua has reportedly emerged as more than just a foreman, gaining the respect and attention of his colleagues. The Guardian newspaper reports that moments after the collapse, the 54-year-old former football coach and trained topographer created a set of regulations that would enable them to survive, including food rationing, location mapping, and creating 12-hour shifts.
Urzua receives three briefings a day from above ground, including conversations with a doctor, psychologist and a miner with the rescue operation. ‚Äú[He] is a leader in his field and has been for ages," said Dr. Andreas llarena with the Chilean Navy. "For a miner, their shift leader is sacred and holy. They would never think about replacing him. That is carved in stone; it is one of the commandments in the life of a miner."
This internet evangelist‚Äôs response to proposed Islamic Center in NY is the ‚Äú9/11 Christian Center at Ground Zero.‚ÄĚ The New York Times reports that Keller presided yesterday over a group of 60 attendees at a hotel two blocks from Ground Zero for his center‚Äôs inaugural service. In it, he called the Islamic Center as ‚Äúa great Muslim military accomplishment,‚ÄĚ and characterized future worshipers at its mosque guilty of terrorism by association. Later in the sermon he suggested that both Glenn Beck of Fox News and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the proposed leader of the Islamic center‚Äôs mosque, were both followers of false faiths.
Keller hosts his own local television show in Florida, which was at one point carried nationally but then canceled after he called Islam a ‚Äú1,400-year-old lie from the pits of hell,‚ÄĚ the Times reported. Keller‚Äôs website, Liveprayer.com, claims it receives 20,000 daily hits, with over 2.5 million subscribers to his ‚ÄúDaily Devotional‚ÄĚ email. His online biography states that in 1989, he was convicted of insider trading and spent 2 ‚ąŹ years in prison, after which he went into ministry. Keller has not yet chosen a permanent location for his center but plans to by move in by January 1st, he told the Times.
The aspiring film producer who wants to open his own liberal arts Muslim prep school created a Facebook page that has enlisted nearly 4,000 people to send an Eid gift to ‚ÄúThe Daily Show‚ÄĚ host, Jon Stewart. Blauvelt converted to Islam at the age of 16 after reading Malcolm X‚Äôs autobiography, and is the Executive Producer of Beyond Blue Productions, whose first film, ‚ÄúBilal‚Äôs Stand," will be releasing this fall. On the event page he writes, ‚ÄúIn thanks to and recognition of Jon Stewart's sane, honest and hilarious commentary on the ground zero mosque controversy and defense of Muslims against the growing tide of Islamophobia, we encourage everyone of all faiths and backgrounds to send him a gift on the Muslim holiday of Eid‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ
In an interview with Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area‚Äôs youth blog, he said, ‚ÄúI became Muslim just before 9/11 and have see all sorts of things said about Muslims and Islam over the past 9 years, but now it feels different.‚ÄĚ He says the Facebook page aims to show support for those who believe in ‚Äújustice and freedom of religion‚ÄĚ because ‚Äúsomehow it‚Äôs acceptable for public figures and news outlets to be Islamophobic, and it‚Äôs quite frightening.‚ÄĚ
Because the 41-year-old woman from Mesa, Arizona is the second victim of a random acid attack in one week. Velarde told CNN affiliate KPNX that an unidentified woman threw liquid into her face while in an apartment complex parking lot. "I saw... a woman, you know, walking up, with what looked like a drink of water in her hand," Velarde said. "It immediately just started to burn, I was on fire."
KSAZ‚Äôs Fox 10 reports that Velarde is a single mother of five and was attacked at her vehicle after coming home from working one of two jobs to support her family. Police are still searching for the suspect. A similar attack occurred last Monday in Vancouver, Washington when an unidentified woman threw a cup of acid on the face of 28-year-old Bethany Storro in a Starbucks parking lot. Storro was released from the hospital on Sunday evening, and police have not yet arrested a suspect in that case.
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