August 24, 2007
N.J. has three govs in a week
By Christine Vestal, Staff Writer
How many politicians does it take to fill the New Jersey governor's shoes in one week? Start counting. Gov. Jon Corzine (D) went on an eight-day vacation to an undisclosed location, leaving Senate President Richard Codey (D) in charge. But Codey also had a trip planned, so after covering for Corzine for one day, he handed off the job to Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D) for three days. Then Codey takes the job back for another four days, The Star Ledger reports.
Clothes are optional again in Brattleboro, Vt. The state does not ban nudity, but except for Brattleboro, most towns do. After some college kids stripped in the middle of downtown this year, the town council passed a temporary ban. But local residents voted to peel back the ban permanently, putting Brattleboro "back in the buff," National Public Radio reports.
A new law in Arkansas apparently would allow babies to wed. A stray "not" in the law - aimed at setting a minimum age for marriage - allows a woman of any age who is "not" pregnant to obtain parental consent to marry. Lawmakers hope to correct the typo, without going back for another vote, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports.
A Nebraska man could spend five years in prison for stealing panties from local women's homes. After law enforcers found more than 500 women's undergarments in his possession, Dale Trompke, 37, was charged with felony burglary and ordered to pay restitution of $295 to one of his victims, The Grand Island Independent reports.
Speaking of briefs, a Michigan state forensic scientist was fired for using state resources to test her husband's underwear for DNA, because she suspected him of infidelity, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Virginia quickly changed its latest tourism campaign once it found out the hand gesture depicted in its "live passionately" brochure was the same one used by a notorious national gang. The gesture - thumbs and index fingers formed into a heart - will be removed from all of its marketing, The Virginia Pilot reports.
Pink prison uniforms upset a South Carolina inmate to the point he sued the state over its policy of requiring prisoners who perform sex acts in public to wear the color. In federal court last week, prison director John Ozmint defended the two-year-old policy aimed at protecting female officers. "We don't believe the United States Constitution protects an inmate's right to publicly gratify himself," The Associated Press quotes him as saying.