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EX-STU­DENT HOUS­ING

Hunter Col­lege in New York City has gone to court to evict a woman it says is il­le­gally re­sid­ing in a dorm room. The 32-year-old ex-stu­dent owes more than $94,000 in un­paid res­i­dence hall fees. Af­ter she dropped out of school in 2016, the col­lege sent her a 30-day evic­tion no­tice. Yet she’s resided in the room ever since. The for­mer ge­og­ra­phy ma­jor ap­par­ently knows her way around some rules.

SWIM­MING SOUTH

WiGWag re­ceived its first 2018 in­vi­ta­tion to cel­e­brate LGBT Pride. The no­tice ar­rived from Sa­van­nah Pride in Ge­or­gia, which is be­gin­ning the cel­e­bra­tion early this year with Mer­maid Fest March 23–24. Top billing went to “Blix­u­nami, the gay Geechie Mer­man.” Metro UK de­scribed Blix­u­nami as “the most beau­ti­ful per­son imag­in­able.”

CURL­ING BOB­BLE

The Na­tional Bob­ble­head Hall of Fame and Mu­seum in Mil­wau­kee has un­veiled a lim­ited-edi­tion doll fea­tur­ing Olympic curl­ing gold medal­ist Matt Hamil­ton, who was born in Madi­son and now re­sides in McFar­land. Hamil­ton helped his five-man team win the United States’ first gold in curl­ing in mirac­u­lous fash­ion at the Win­ter Games in Pyeongchang.

MAK­ING THE MOST OF MARCH MAD­NESS

In a grow­ing trend, men sched­uled va­sec­tomies on Thurs­day and Fri­day dur­ing the first round tipoff of March Mad­ness. Why? So they could sit guilt-free on the couch for four days and watch the games with im­punity while ic­ing their scro­tums. Mil­wau­kee-area urol­o­gist Jay Sand­low told the Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel he ex­pected to per­form 22 such surg­eries this year, which is more than twice his nor­mal work­load.

DEAL­ING THE SEAL

In the lat­est ex­am­ple of mon­e­tiz­ing the pres­i­dency, the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion or­dered dozens of 12-inch plates bear­ing the of­fi­cial U.S. pres­i­den­tial seal. Trump’s sons plan to use them as tee mark­ers at Trump golf cour­ses. Trump cour­ses al­ready fea­ture plates bear­ing a coat of arms that are said to be from Trump’s fam­ily. But The New York Times re­ported the coat of arms ac­tu­ally be­longed to an­other fam­ily. But it’s been mod­i­fied by re­plac­ing the word “In­tegri­tas,” Latin for “in­tegrity,” with the name “Trump.”

NO GOOD DEED GOES RE­WARDED

Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Ben Car­son and his wife in­sisted they had noth­ing to do with a $31,000 din­ing-room set or­dered for his of­fice. But emails ob­tained by a group called Amer­i­can Over­sight proved that in­deed they did. A for­mer top HUD of­fi­cial no­ti­fied a fed­eral whis­tle-blower agency that she’d been com­manded by the Car­sons to find a way around the of­fice’s $5,000 re­dec­o­ra­tion law. For re­fus­ing to com­mit the crime, she earned a de­mo­tion.

BUY AMER­I­CAN SOME­WHERE ELSE

Jimmy Kim­mel or­dered a big box of mer­chan­dise from trump­store.com, the of­fi­cial re­tail web­site of the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion, to check out the items’ coun­try of ori­gin. Nearly all the mer­chan­dise was made abroad, mostly in China. Two items didn’t list any coun­try of ori­gin, an over­sight Kim­mel said could lead to fines of up to $500,000.

FROM THE MOUTHS OF … ADULTS?

On March 14, when stu­dents na­tion­wide walked out of their class­rooms to protest gun vi­o­lence in schools, the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion tweeted a photo of an AR-15 — the weapon used at Mar­jory Stone­man Douglas High School and at many other mass shoot­ings. The tweet read: “I’ll con­trol my own guns, thank you.”

WALK­ING HIGH

A straight and cis­gen­der Aus­tralian man started wear­ing 6-inch stiletto heels to work ev­ery day af­ter a fe­male col­league told him that “her heels made her feel pow­er­ful.” And he did, too. “I’ve never felt more em­pow­ered than when put­ting on a pair of stilet­tos and walk­ing through a mar­ble lobby,” said the project man­ager for a ma­jor bank.

HOME­TOWN PRIDE

Rep. Drew Chris­tensen, a mem­ber of the Min­nesota House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, promised to draft a bill ban­ning Arie Luyendyk Jr., aka The Bach­e­lor, from the state. He and other Min­nesotans are out­raged that Luyendyk broke off his en­gage­ment to Min­nesotan Becca Kufrin — and on the air, no less. On Twit­ter, a Min­nesota po­lice de­part­ment dared Luyendyk, a for­mer race-car driver, “to drive fast through Shakopee, MN,” which neigh­bors Kufrin’s home­town of Prior Lake.

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