SNOWBALL FIGHT BAN LIFTED, THANKS TO 9-YEAR-OLD
SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — Imagine living in a town that gets a lot of snow — but also has y a law banning snowball fights. For a 9-year-old boy in Severance, Colorado, it was indeed unimaginable. And he’s done something about it. Dane Best took his fight against the snowball ban to the town board Monday night. And members of the board voted unanimously to lift the ban. Speaking before the hearing, Dane said he thinks the snowball fight ban is “an outdated law.” He says it he’d “want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble.” And now that the law has been lifted, Dane says he already has a target for his icy projectiles: his 4-year-old brother Dax. Meanwhile, Dane may have yet another to take up before the board. He owns a guinea pig — which is also illegal in Severance.
DUTCH COURT NIXES MAN’S REQUEST TO BE YOUNGER
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Age may be just a number. But according to Dutch law, it’s a number that can’t be changed. A Dutch court has ruled that a motivational speaker cannot legally change his age from 69 to 49 — even if he feels younger than he actually is. Emile Ratelband went to court recently in an effort to have 20 years shaved off his life’s total. But he fell short in his request to have his birth records altered to reflect the two-decade decrease. The court notes that Dutch law assigns certain rights and obligations based on age — like the right to vote and duty to attend school — and to ignore that would make age requirements meaningless. Ratelband says he plans to appeal.
NUTCRACKER - PROPOSAL
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — It’s been around so long that fans of “The Nutcracker” know how the holiday-themed musical goes. But this time, it had a surprise twist. During a performance in Wichita, Kansas, the prince in the production had a present for his favorite ballerina. A local newspaper reports that as Allison Evans played the Dewdrop Fairy, her boyfriend, Dalton Rupp-Meinert, dropped to one knee and proposed. Rupp-Meinert got the go-head to spring the surprise on Evans from the show’s choreographer — who came up with a plan to have Evans’ boyfriend be the prince. That involved him having to work on the dancing needed to pull the stunt off. Evans says she found the whole thing “hilarious.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II