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July 24, 2018

JUDGMENT-FREE ZONE?

PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) — A man who took to heart a fitness club’s slogan about being a “Judgment Free Zone” is likely to face some judgment of his own. Police in New Hampshire have arrested a man who stripped naked before working out at a Planet Fitness outlet. NECN reports 34-year-old Eric Stagno of Massachusetts took off his clothes and began working out at the gym — walking around and doing poses on a yoga mat. That got other people at the gym, well, exercised — and police were called. Sagno is charged with indecent exposure, lewdness and disorderly conduct. He’s to face a different kind of judging — when he is due to be arraigned.

GIFTING POT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — It’s a different take on the idea that if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig. In Vermont, officials are reminding people that even if you take pot and wrap it in a box and as a gift — it’s still pot. Officials say they will crack down on people using a loophole that lets people get pot as a gift if they make other purchases. For example, a company could “gift” pot to customers, if they bought something else, like the use of courier services. Opponents of marijuana legislation had called on the state attorney general to declare whether such “gifting” of pot should be considered legal.

COCAINE IN CAR CARRIER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Most people who have driven on a highway or interstate has shared the road with one of those big car carriers — and glanced at what vehicles were being transported. Authorities in Western New York State took a good long look at one car delivered to an auto dealership — and got a surprise. Authorities say they found 65 pounds of cocaine inside the suspect vehicle being delivered. The vehicle drew suspicion because it was much older than other the others being delivered. They waited around for the person who picked up the Mercury Mariner — and police found the coke stashed under the rear cargo area. The driver was arrested and is being held ending a bail hearing today.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE HANDS OUT MONEY AT CHURCH

CHICAGO (AP) — Holy campaigning tactics! A candidate for mayor in Chicago is defending his decision to hand out nearly $200,000 in cash to people at a church. Willie Wilson — a millionaire businessman — says he wasn’t trying to buy anyone’s vote with his handouts on Sunday. Rather he says giving out money was simply “one of the biggest property tax relief assistance” events of the year. It’s no miracle that others view it differently. Republican State Rep. David McSweeney says seeing Wilson peel bills off a stack of money to give to churchgoers was “so wrong.” In case you’re wondering, Illinois elections officials don’t think it’s a sin, as far as campaign law is concerned. They say Wilson broke no campaign finance laws because the money he gave out came from his non-profit foundation.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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