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August 1, 2018

OCEAN CITY-BEACH TOPLESSNESS

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for a Maryland beach town say that while not everyone is offended by women going topless, it’s seen as “unpalatable” by society. The Salisbury Daily Times reports lawyers for Ocean City argued in response to a lawsuit challenging an ordinance prohibiting topless women in public that due to an “indisputable difference between the sexes,” it’s in the government’s interest to protect public sensibilities. The plaintiffs and their lawyer claim the ordinance violates an equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and the Declaration of Rights to the Maryland Constitution. Ocean City unanimously passed the ordinance in June 2017 after the beach patrol said lifeguards would no longer reprimand topless women.

VEGAN SOCCER

UNDATED (AP) — The Forest Green Rovers have been certified by the United Nations as the world’s first carbon-neutral soccer club. The Rovers, which is based Gloucestershire, England had already become the world’s first vegan football club after making the switch to a plant-based diet for all players, fans, staff and events. Now the Sky Bet League Two team signed on to the Climate Neutral Now initiative, which was launched in 2015 and encourages companies, organizations, governments and citizens to reduce their climate footprints.

SANTA FE FIESTA

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Organizers of the annual reenactment of a 17th-century Spanish conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe from Native Americans have issued an apology to Pueblo Indians. Now, Santa Fe Fiesta, Inc. said organizers “regret the suffering, trauma and pain the Pueblo people endured” during the years of the reenactment. They also agreed to discontinue to reenactment. The event, which was performed each autumn on the Santa Fe Plaza during the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe, had become a symbol of colonialism for some Native Americans, as well as a painful reminder of New Mexico’s bloody past. The pageant depicted the re-entry of conquistador Don Diego de Vargas into Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

BIGFOOT BROUHAHA

A Virginia congressional candidate has said her opponent is unfit for office because he is a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica”. Democrat Leslie Cockburn has accused Republican Denver Riggleman of fetishizing the mythical ape-like creature, posting pictures on Twitter from Riggleman’s Instagram account showing nude drawings of Bigfoot. Riggleman said the drawings were meant as satire, and mock cover art for a book he wrote. His posts said the book is entitled The Mating Habits Of Bigfoot And Why Women Want Him, but he says he did not know what “Bigfoot erotica” was until Cockburn mentioned it.

SHOES FOR KILLER

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments on behalf of a death row inmate who wants his court-ordered payments adjusted, saying he’s so poor he can’t afford new shoes or boots. While condemned prisoner David Braden earns $16 a month in inmate pay, he’s only allowed a maximum of $25 in his account as he pays off court costs from his 1999 trial. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says the cheapest pair of prison shoes for purchase on death row cost $27.95. Braden’s attorney and the ACLU say a 2013 law allowing for the modification of court costs should apply to inmates sentenced before then. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the law is not retroactive.

SLOW POKE DRIVERS

Idaho (AP) — Idaho police are starting to enforce a new law targeting slow drivers using the passing lanes of highways. The Idaho Press reported two drivers have been cited as of July 27 for driving too slowly in the passing lane since the law took effect July 1. Lt. Shawn Staley says most people expect the general traffic to stay on the right lane and leave the left lanes open for passing. He says : “If vehicles are moving slower, it can cause accidents and crashes.” Drivers who hold up traffic by going below the speed limit in the left lane could face a $90 fine.

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