Florida women! They are the oft overlooked counterpart to Florida men, who seemingly have all the fun taking bathsalts, being mermen and eating cockroaches. Florida is a beautiful place, but let’s be real, it does have a disproportionate amount of weird stuff happening too. In any case, this week, Florida women really stole the spotlight from Florida dudes. There was a smattering of fantastical, bizarre Florida moments, and because sometimes stuff (Florida stuff) falls through the cracks, we’ve put together a round up of this week’s notable Florida lady stories. Keep reading »
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Most folks would be happy if their neighbors got evicted after three different “disorderly behavior” instances in less than three months. No one wants to deal with that much partying, dog barking, or loud music, right? But a “three strikes” disorderly behavior ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of PA because instead of just evicting noisy nuisance neighbors, it is being used to evict innocent domestic violence victims for calling the police for help.
The ACLU filed this week on behalf of Lakisha Briggs, a domestic violence victim who called the police last year when her ex-boyfriend assaulted her; they arrived and arrested him. But police also told Briggs that if they kept returning to the residence over disorderly behavior calls, she would get evicted. Not surprisingly, Briggs was afraid to call the police regarding future incidents — including the time her ex-boyfriend attacked her with a brick — over fear that she and her three-year-old child would become homeless. And yet after a June 2012 attack from her ex-boyfriend that had Briggs airlifted to the hospital, police of Norristown threatened to evict them from their home because neighbors had called to complain. Keep reading »
Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct for arguing with a police officer on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia, during her husband’s arrest for driving under the influence, according to Variety.
Yes, seriously, Reese Witherspoon got arrested for disorderly conduct.
Jim Toth, Witherspoon’s husband and baby daddy, was pulled over after midnight on Friday morning while “weaving” into the wrong lane. The police report, as reported by Huffington Post, is absolutely golden: Keep reading »
Sibling roommates, Howard Meltzer, 67, and Bernice Meltzer, 72, ended up in jail this week because of an epic battle over their last roll of Charmin toilet paper.
According to Howard, Bernice stole the only remaining toilet paper roll in their home and locked herself in the bedroom with it, leaving him without anything to wipe with. For five hours, Howard waited at her door, screaming for her to give him back the toilet paper so he could use the bathroom.
“The roll was full when I went there in the morning … She unloaded a whole roll and left just a little, and when I looked up to the reserve, it wasn’t there. I said I want the toilet paper back by 1 [a.m.] or I’m calling the police,” Howard told the NY Post. Keep reading »
Guy Accused Of Sexual Misconduct At College, So His Mom Pens Victim-Blaming Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
The Wall Street Journal is about as publicity stunt-y as The New York Times’ Style section in terms of publishing articles guaranteed to kick up a fuss. But the WSJ, being owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp (Fox News, etc.), leads with a conservative slant. This week’s case-in-point is an op-ed by lawyer Judith Grossman, whose son was accused of vaguely stated sexual misconduct by an ex-girlfriend at his college and subjected to a messy campus tribunal process.
You can read the entire piece here, but the summarized version is that her son was accused by an ex-girlfriend of “nonconsensual sex,” as Grossman puts it, “that supposedly occurred during the course of their relationship a few years earlier.” She then describes the “nightmare” her son and family endured through the college’s tribunal process. Her son was given written notice of the charges against him from the campus Title IX officer, listed in “a barrage of vague statements.” Writes Grossman, “The letter lacked even the most basic information about the acts alleged to have happened years before. Nor were the allegations supported by any evidence other than the word of the ex-girlfriend.” During the two-hour tribunal process, her son was grilled by the campus. Eventually the charges against him were dismissed — an outcome, Grossman implies, attributed to the fact he has a lawyer for a mother who was able to advise him on how to handle it. Keep reading »
How To Be A Douche, Lesson #1: Charge a transgender woman for “trespassing” after she uses the women’s bathroom in your grocery store and ban her from shopping in your establishment for one year.
Idaho trans woman Ally Robledo is being discriminated against by Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston because she was “peeing standing up” in the women’s room. Oh, you didn’t know the way you pee could get you in trouble with the cops, did you? Keep reading »
This was the week of the weird assault weapon. First, Hugh Jackman’s stalker attacked him with pubic hair, and now, an Australian woman is accused of a quiche assault.
Franklin Jane Bugmy allegedly became agitated when police showed up at her home to serve her with documents for a previous violence charge. She claimed they were the wrong documents and she wasn’t guilty. I’m having trouble following what exactly happened next. But in Bugmy’s words: “They’re saying I had room to move … I had no room to move. The quiche was thrown down to save my baby from tipping out of the pram.”
In what Bugmy claimed to be self-defense, the 41-year-old charged at the police officer with her stroller and threw a quiche in his face.
When I was a 10-year-old, the worst thing a boy did to me was put Scotch tape in my hair. If only! Proof that society is going down the toilet: two fifth grade boys in Colville, Washington, have first-degree murder conspiracy charges against them for plotting to rape and kill their female classmate. They were discovered on February 7 after a child saw one of the boys playing with a knife on the school bus; in a backpack, the kids had a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol (stolen from a family member) and ammunition. One of the boys explained, “She’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends.” Keep reading »
- Whoa: someone broke into Bryan Cranston’s car and stole a tote bag containing a “Breaking Bad” script! A window of Cranston’s car, which was parked in Albuquerque, New Mexico, got smashed and the bag carrying his script and iPad were taken. A man has been arrested for the theft, but the script has not been recovered. In conclusion, people are crazy. [Videogum]
- What are “sex gypsies”? They’re people who hook up with you so they have a place to stay (yours!) because they don’t want to pay rent or hotel bills. [New York Post]
- Damian Lewis kinda sorta dropped a “Homeland” spoiler. [Digital Spy]
- Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All” is going to be turned into a book called Things I Can’t Explain about a 23-year-old Clarissa who works as a journalist. [NYmag.com Vulture]
- Beyoncé and Blue Ivy were snapped at brunch at a restaurant in Brooklyn yesterday. Beyoncé is just like us! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
ABC News aired new video of teen partygoers in Steubenville, Ohio, being questioned by police regarding the sexual assault of “Jane Doe,” the then 15-year-old girl whose story has entranced the nation. On the night of her assault, Jane Doe was raped and carried unconscious to multiple parties all while pictures were taken; last week, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays received one year and two years, respectively, in juvenile detention facilities for participating in her abuse. ABC’s video shows teens (their faces not obscured, for some reason) describing how Jane Doe got increasingly drunk throughout the evening — meaning she was less and less able to consent to any sexual behavior. “She was a mess,” says one boy interviewed by cops. “She wasn’t responding. She was passed out.” Keep reading »