WiGWAG: News with a twist, Jan. 29, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg,
Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:16

A “patriot” restaurant owner in Wyoming, Michigan — a town that appears to suffer from identity issues — has banned Michael Moore and Seth Rogen from his Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille for their outspoken criticism of the Oscar-nominated movie American Sniper. Our hunch is the two well-fed celebrities can find elsewhere to chow. 

After protest, Vatican floats balloons instead of releases doves

Written by The AP Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:14

Dove lovers, rejoice.

Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace on Jan. 25 in St. Peter's Square, a year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds sparked protests by animal rights groups.

Publisher pulls atlas that omits Israel

Written by The AP Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:38

A leading publisher has pulled an atlas tailored for students in the Middle East that omitted any references to Israel.

Facing international criticism, HarperCollins UK issued a statement this week apologizing for the book, published by the subsidiary Collins Bartholomew.

Growing french fries: Tomatoes and potatoes grafted into plant

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 02 January 2015 07:47

An Oregon seed company is offering gardeners potatoes and tomatoes in one plant.

The Territorial Seed Company in Cottage Grove calls it “Ketchup ‘n’ Fries.”

Arrested naked violinist sues, alleging excessive force

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 27 January 2015 07:33

A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, last year is suing police.

The Oregonian reports that 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej claims authorities used excessive force and violated his First Amendment rights. He named the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau as defendants in a lawsuit filed last week, and he's seeking $1.1 million in damages.

Feminists cheer as bare breasts disappear from British tabloid

Written by The AP Tuesday, 20 January 2015 06:54

Feminists are rejoicing at the disappearance of bare breasts from the British tabloid The Sun — though the newspaper is not confirming whether the decision to ditch its infamous "Page 3 girls" is permanent.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid has featured topless models on its third page for almost 45 years, but none has appeared in the paper since Jan. 16.

Fur-sellers accused of throwing bleach at protesters

Written by The AP Wednesday, 07 January 2015 05:03

Prosecutors say three fur-sellers tossed bleach and ammonia from a New York City roof onto animal rights activists below.

Lawrence Andrews, Luis Justino and David Haber are charged with reckless endangerment, harassment and criminal mischief.

Pennsylvania town to nail New Year’s celebration

Written by The AP Wednesday, 31 December 2014 05:22

A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year’s Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion.

The Sentinel reports West Fairview plans to drop a 7-foot-tall nail as the clock ticks down Dec. 31. Local artists constructed the nail out of wood.

Bamboo joins marijuana on banned plant list in Champaign, Illinois

Written by The AP Tuesday, 27 January 2015 07:23

As of Feb. 3, residents of Champaign, Illinois, will be barred from planting running bamboo.

The city said in a news release that a new ordinance banning the plant within the city limits has been adopted by the city council.

Brrr: Feeling cold can be contagious

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:56

Just looking at somebody shivering is enough to make a person feel cold, according to newly published research from the University of Sussex.

Volunteers who watched videos of people putting their hands in cold water found their own body temperature drop significantly.

Palin defends photos of son standing on family dog, PETA responds

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 05 January 2015 11:38

Former vice presidential candidate and right-wing pundit Sarah Palin is feuding with PETA over criticism of photos she posted on social media of her son standing on the family dog.

Palin, on social media on New Year's Day, posted photos of her 6-year-old son using the dog as a "stepping stone" instead of a "stumbling block." 

'Saved by the Bell' star arrested in Port Washington

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 07:26

Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech in the 1990s television show Saved by the Bell, appeared in a Wisconsin courtroom Dec. 29 after posting bail on charges that he stabbed a man during a bar fight on Christmas.