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November 16, 2018

TOO MUCH TOILET PAPER

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — You know it can be trouble if you run out of toilet paper. Officials in one Alabama county are finding it can also be trouble if there’s no chance of running out of toilet paper anytime soon. WAFF-TV reports officials in Marshall County Sheriff’s Office mistakenly spent $22,000 for toilet paper. That comes out to an extra $24,000 in rolls. Officials also cut a check for another $9,000 for 340 cases of trash bags. The county’s budget is nowhere near that “flush” — it calls for $15,000 for janitorial supplies next year. County commissioners have been able to negotiate a slightly smaller bill — but another problem has rolled in: figuring out where to store an extra two years’ worth of toilet paper.

JFK TWEETS?

BOSTON (AP) — Did you hear about the latest tweet from President Kennedy? It’s a question you might be hearing soon — without some form of weird time travel involved. The JFK Library Foundation has launched a new project that takes actual quotes from the slain 35th president — and tweets them out using the Twitter handle @JohnFKennedy. The foundation says its goal into use a 21st century medium to share Kennedy’s oratory to a new generation who only know him from history books and news clips. Foundation officials won’t say whether the Kennedy Twitter project is also a swipe at President Donald Trump’s use of social media — apparently leaving it to readers to draw their own conclusions.

MLB FOOTWEAR

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major league baseball has managed to spike a growing controversy — over spikes. MLB and the players’ association have reached a deal over what on-field personnel can wear on the field. The upshot is that the lords of baseball will ease restrictions on the color of spikes players can wear in games. This all started in May when three Chicago Cubs players — Ben Zorbrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek — wore black cleats in a game. That runs afoul of MLB rules that say players must wear shoes that match their team’s primary color, which in the case of the Cubbies is blue. Under the new shoe rule, which takes effect next season, players can wear virtually any color shoe they please, as long as their individual team approves.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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