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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A court filing in the federal case against a neighbor who tackled U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says the neighbor “lost his temper” over yard debris on the property line between their homes. The neighbor, Dr. Rene Boucher, is asking a judge to grant probation in the case. Prosecutors are seeking a 21-month prison sentence. A sentencing memorandum filed Friday by Boucher’s attorney says Paul repeatedly placed “unsightly” yard debris near the property line. The Daily News of Bowling Green reports that on the day before the Nov. 3 attack, Boucher burned some debris left by Paul. It says the next day, Paul placed more debris on the spot where the pile had been burned. Boucher has pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
BANNING LEGAL BROTHELS
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — A state marketed as a place where people can indulge in all manner of sins is confronting its status as the only place in America where you can legally pay someone for sex. Religious groups and anti-sex trafficking activists has launched referendums to ban brothels in two of the seven Nevada counties where they’re legally operating. The push to outlaw the industry dovetails with a campaign by the state’s most famous pimp for a seat in the state Legislature. Legal pimp Dennis Hof starred in the HBO adult reality series “Cathouse,” and owns half a dozen brothels that could be threatened. He’s challenging incumbent Assembly member James Oscarson in the Republican primary and blames Oscarson for the anti-brothel effort.
GENDER NEUTRAL DRIVER LICENSE
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles is going to offer the option of a gender-neutral designation on driver licenses and identification cards. The agency said the process will involve filling out a form called a “gender designation form.” The bureau says it will issue a sticker for the license or ID card that says: “Gender has been changed to X — Non-binary.” The agency said a system upgrade will allow it to phase out the sticker by July 2019. The “X″ will then be on the card. EqualityMaine said Maine becomes at least the third state to adopt such a policy, after Oregon and California, along with the District of Columbia.
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A man has been charged with threatening to “shoot up” a Florida car dealership because of his vehicle’s mechanical problems. The Sun Sentinel reports 26-year-old Christopher Cave called Pines Ford Lincoln June 2. “Guess what?” Cave said in a 98-second telephone message. “Kids shoot up schools,” he said, adding that they take his car payments but his car isn’t right. Then he said, “I shoot up dealerships.” Police said the manager sent three employees home because he feared for their lives. Cave is charged with making a false threat.
HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service says it is working as fast as possible to reopen access to the USS Arizona Memorial after cracks were discovered last month on the floating concrete pier near the metal access ramp. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports visitors to the memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu are taken on a 15-minute narrated tour of Battleship Row instead of the usual docking. Boat transportation to the pier was suspended in early May following the discovery of the cracks. A spokesman for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument says the cracks were minor and the memorial is structurally sound. Officials say the pier shifted nearly 3 feet away from the memorial, pulling on the ramp and damaging an attachment bolt.
SHARK EATS SHARK
SANDBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Several researchers off the coast of Virginia recently got front-row seats to the cannibalistic nature of the great white shark. The Virginian-Pilot reported that Virginia Institute of Marine Science researchers caught a 4-foot black tip shark last Friday during a longline fishing survey. They were about 3 miles off the coast of Sandbridge when a 12-to-13-foot great white showed up and stole the show — and the smaller shark. The crew scrambled to save the other sharks they caught while the great white tore into the black tip. The newspaper reports other great whites have been caught in the area, but the researchers were surprised by this one’s size.