Don’t let it go: Frozen fans since the film debuted have been nudging Disney to deliver a sequel in which Queen Elsa finds true love — with a girlfriend. And Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, recently told Entertainment Tonight she thinks that’s a great idea. Disney has to contend with a lack of LGBT characters in its productions. And Frozen director Chris Buck told MTV last year that there are plans to deal with issues of the day in the sequel.
Is he for real?
The Louisiana Legislature in May passed a bill setting the minimum age for dancers in strip clubs at 21. The measure was promoted as a way to fight human trafficking and had unanimous support in both chambers. But it didn’t pass without controversy. Republican Rep. Kenny Harvard suggested an amendment — to set the legal requirements for strippers at 21–28 years old and less than 160 pounds.
Pigeons on the pill
Business owners in La Crosse are putting pigeons on the pill. Feeding stations atop downtown buildings include contraceptive feed aimed at lowering reproduction in the birds, who leave droppings on sidewalks, awnings and park benches. As of this writing, there have been no protests from Wisconsin Family Action or other religious groups.
Totally airy B&B
The rental company HomeAway will transform the first floor of the Eiffel Tower into living space for four people to use as a vacation home in June. The competition for the unique lodging coincides with the EUFA Euro soccer tournament in Paris. Earlier this spring, the Art Institute of Chicago offered an opportunity for “vacationers” to occupy Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom, begging the question: What’s the most unique spot for temporary lodging in Milwaukee?
Fool me once …
A huge tiger shark named Chessie hasn’t learned her lesson about taking the bait. South Carolina local news outlets reported the 1,400-pound shark tagged a year ago was caught again in late May off Hilton Head Island by the same fisherman. Chessie has traveled 2,000 miles in the past year and also gained some weight. The shark weighed 1,200 pounds last year. The tracking is a project of the nonprofit OCEARCH, which works to learn about the movement of sharks.
Hogan’s pay pal
Forbes magazine and The New York Times reported that billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel is the financier behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media. Hogan sued over a sex tape published by Gawker, which is appealing a Florida jury’s $140 million verdict against the company. Thiel sits on Facebook’s board of directors and co-founded PayPal. Why back Hulk Hogan? Forbes said they have a “shared enemy.”
Officials in Texas’ North East Independent School District won’t hand down any punishment after the circulation of a video showing high school students using a cat’s intestines as a jump rope during an anatomy lesson. The district said the teacher used the lesson to illustrate the durability and length of intestines.
A Pennsylvania school district is apologizing after quotes from Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and an Islamic State terrorist leader were printed in this year’s high school yearbook. School district officials told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Though the content of the quotes was reviewed thoroughly, the attributions clearly were not.” The Hitler quote is, “Words build bridges into unexplored regions.” Stalin’s statement is more menacing: “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why would we let them have ideas?” Students can get a refund on the books or stickers to cover up the quotes.
Not far from the tree
Matt Walker, son of Gov. Scott Walker, has taken a job working for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who’s at the center of a national firestorm over the anti-LGBT measure he signed. The law has cost the state tens of millions already in canceled business expansions, concerts and conventions. Matt Walker graduated in May from Marquette University, which also would have been his dad’s alma mater if he hadn’t dropped out.
Frown on facial hair
A Louisiana chapter of the NAACP wants a school superintendent and three school board members to resign after a high school valedictorian was blocked from participating in graduation for refusing to shave his beard. Andrew Jones says he had been allowed to wear facial hair all year, with no warning until the morning of graduation practice when he was told to shave or be barred from the ceremony.