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NBC News fires Billy Bush after Trump tape

NBC News has fired Today show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in a vulgar conversation about women with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before an Access Hollywood appearance.

Bush was suspended at the morning show two days after contents of the 2005 tape were reported on Oct. 7.

NBC and Bush’s representatives had been negotiating terms of his exit before the announcement.

On the tape, Bush is heard laughing as Trump talks about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women not his wife.

Bush later said he was “embarrassed and ashamed.” Trump has since denied groping women.

Bush, who had been at Today for two months, is the nephew of Republican former President George H.W. Bush.

NBC made the announcement of his firing in a note from Today show top executive Noah Oppenheim to his staff. Oppenheim called Bush, who spent 15 years at Access Hollywood, “a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward.”

Bush, a 44-year-old father of three, said that he was “deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead.”

The settlement with NBC did not include a non-compete clause, meaning Bush “is a free agent,” said his lawyer, Marshall Grossman. Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential.

In the 2005 tape, which was first revealed by The Washington Post, Trump discusses unsuccessfully seeking an affair with another Access Hollywood employee, Nancy O’Dell. Trump said that when he was attracted to beautiful women “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet.” He said that when you’re a star, women let you.

“Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” Trump added.

The two men discussed an actress who was waiting from at the end of the bus ride. When they got off, Bush urged the woman to hug Trump and added, “how about a little hug for the Bushy?”

Trump said in the second presidential debate that he never did any of the actions heard on the tape, which he described as locker room talk. But a number of women have since come forward and said that Trump had surprised them in the past by groping or unexpectedly kissing them on the lips.

In an interview with CNN, Trump’s wife, Melania, said that her husband was “egged on” by Bush in the conversation.

“I wonder if they even knew the mic was on,” Melania Trump said, referring to her husband and Bush. She said they were involved in “boy talk, and he was led on — like egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”

Asked to comment, Grossman said, “I thought that Donald Trump would claim that he was not on the bus.”

 

Trump was lewd, sexist, say ‘Apprentice’ cast and crew

Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language in his years as a reality TV boss, according to The Apprentice insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with.

The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him.

The staffers and contestants agreed to recount their experiences as Trump’s behavior toward women has become a core issue in the presidential campaign. Interviewed separately, they gave concurring accounts of inappropriate conduct on the set.

Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.

During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes.

Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.

Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has recently criticized Trump during his run for president, said he remembered the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, even though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year:   “He was like ‘Isn’t she hot, check her out,’ kind of gawking, something to the effect of ‘I’d like to hit that.’”

The Trump campaign issued a general denial. “These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever,” said Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman. “The Apprentice was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump’s candidacy.” She declined to answer specific questions that were emailed and declined an interview request.

Former producer Katherine Walker said Trump frequently talked about women’s bodies during the five seasons she worked with him and said he speculated about which female contestant would be “a tiger in bed.”

A former crew member who signed a non-disclosure agreement and asked not to be identified, recalled that Trump asked male contestants whether they would sleep with a particular female contestant, then expressed his own interest.

“We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, ‘You’d f… her, wouldn’t you? I’d f… her. C’mon, wouldn’t you?’”

The person continued: “Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat.”

Other cast and crew interviewed said they had positive, professional experiences with Trump, and added that they had never heard comments that made them uncomfortable.

“He was extremely supportive. You could tell there was so much respect there on all sides, especially with the female athletes,” said contestant and U.S. softball star Jennie Finch, a two-time Olympian. “Obviously, he was complimentary, but never in an inappropriate way.”

Contestant Poppy Carlig, who performed the twirl, said she considered Trump’s request “playful banter.” She added: “I don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that people are having bad intentions with what they are saying. He said I reminded him of his daughter and I thought that was really touching because I know how much he values his family.”

Twelve former contestants or members of the crew spoke on the record about what they described as Trump’s inappropriate behavior. Another nine spoke to the AP about their concerns regarding Trump’s treatment of female colleagues but said they did not want to be identified because they signed non-disclosure agreements, or were concerned about wrecking their careers or retaliation from Trump.

Most offered no opinion on the November election in the course of their interviews, but the majority of those who did said only that they were not supporting Trump.

Trump points to his record of hiring women, but he has often been accused of sexist behavior; at the first Republican debate, in August 2015, Fox anchor Megyn Kelly asked whether a man who has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals” has the temperament to be president. After that debate, Trump attacked Kelly and her questioning, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

The remarks of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who said Trump called her “Miss Piggy” because she’d gained weight during her reign, became campaign fodder last week following the first presidential debate. Trump used to own the pageant.

NBC, which broadcast the hit series, referred questions to executive producer Mark Burnett, whose studio referred calls to a public relations firm. The public relations firm did not respond to multiple voicemails and emails seeking comment. AP previously asked Burnett to provide original footage for review, but those calls were not returned.

Debuting in 2004, The Apprentice and a spinoff, Celebrity Apprentice, propelled Trump to national stardom following a string of bankruptcies and bad business deals in the 1990s that had splintered his New York-based real estate empire. The series, meant to showcase Trump’s business acumen, became a major hit and Trump’s name became a global brand that helped launch his political career.

But on the set, usually inside Trump Tower, the former cast and crew members say, the businessman’s treatment of women was sometimes far from professional.

Walker, who said she was the only high-level female producer during the first season, said Trump turned to her during a break outside of the control room to ask who he should fire. Walker demurred, she said, but noted that team members had told her one contestant had caused her team to lose their business task. Trump raised his hands and cupped them to his chest to ask whether it was a contestant with large breasts, she said.

“He said, ‘You mean the one with the’ _ and he puts his hands out in a gesture to signal the girl with the giant boobs. He didn’t even know her name,” Walker said, adding that the contestant, Kristi Frank, was fired at the end of the episode.

“I thought he noticed my hard work, but I guess he didn’t,” said Frank, a former restaurant owner who studied industrial engineering.

She said that after Trump delivered his punch line “You’re fired!” he told her fiance that “of all the girls,” she was the contestant he would have chosen to marry.

“It makes me a little sick,” Frank said. “It’s kind of sweet, but it makes me feel like ‘OK, he’s checking me out again.””

In portions of boardroom sessions never broadcast, Trump frequently would ask male contestants to rate the attractiveness of their female competitors, former crew members and contestants said.

“If there was a break in the conversation, he would then look at one of the female cast members, saying ‘you’re looking kind of hot today, I love that dress on you,’ then he would turn to one of the male cast members and say ‘wouldn’t you sleep with her?’ and then everyone would laugh,” said a former crew member who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a non-disclosure agreement. “There would be about 10 or 12 cameras rolling and getting that footage, which is why everybody was like, this guy just doesn’t care.”

Trump would carry on with the questions even if all involved were married, said Gene Folkes, who appeared on the program in 2010.

“If you didn’t answer, he would dig in and say, ‘Do you think so and so is attractive? Would you sleep with her? Well, what about if you really had to, would you?’” Folkes said. “It was so bizarre, because he (otherwise) seemed so professional.”

Folkes said he also remembered that Trump “asked one of the women their breast size at one point, or said, ‘are those real or natural?””

Jim Dowd, who did public relations for Trump, NBC and The Apprentice shows between 2003 and 2009, said Trump was a “lover of women” and a “guy’s guy.”

“Was he complimenting the women? Of course. Was he behind closed doors with just the guys rating the women, who were the hotter ones on the show? Yes, he certainly was prone to that,” Dowd said.

“I never heard him say anything about women’s bodies, but he was definitely unscripted,” said former producer Michael Dietz.

Eight former crew members said Trump took a fancy to a particular female camera operator, and frequently gave her attention that made many on the set feel uncomfortable. Two former crew members said the woman made it clear to them privately that she did not like Trump’s comments.

Walker, the former producer, said it was clear Trump was attracted to the camera operator as far back as 2003.

“He said something like she was cute and she had a nice ass, and it was brought to my attention by someone else that he had a crush on her,” Walker said. “We all knew, so that’s uncomfortable in and of itself. I remember it being too much, that he made it obvious.”

Rebecca Arndt, a camera assistant who worked on the show following Trump’s 2005 marriage, said Trump would stop production to make comments about the camera operator’s looks in front of the crew.

“I remember being in the foyer once with eight or 10 cameras set up and he said something about her being so pretty,” Arndt said. “He would make it about his line of sight, like ‘There is a beautiful woman behind that camera, so I only want to look at that.’ It was supposed to be considered a compliment, but of course it was inappropriate.”

German Abarca, another former camera operator, said most of the camera crew knew that Trump was attracted to their colleague.

Abarca said the woman was the frequent subject of ribbing by others in the crew, almost all of whom were much younger than Trump. “I think she mostly tried to ignore it.”

Arndt said that Trump would publicly discuss the woman’s beauty and how her blue eyes and blonde hair compared to his daughter Ivanka’s looks.

“He would just mention it all the time. I remember him comparing Ivanka to her and saying that only Ivanka was prettier,” she said.

The woman did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment. The AP spoke in person twice with her husband, who said his wife did not wish to be interviewed, “doesn’t have a problem with Donald Trump” and denied she had been subjected to repeated, unwanted attention from Trump.

One former contestant, Tyana Alvarado, said she wasn’t offended when Trump told her she was attractive — but noted that he played by his own rules.

“Most men have to behave because they are in a workplace, but he could do what he wanted,” Alvarado said. “In all jobs, people have to sign sexual harassment paperwork, but Mr. Trump was putting on a TV show so he got to do it.”

MSO choral director arrested for lewd behavior in Grant Park sting

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s chorus director was arrested for lewd behavior as part of a sting operation in Grant Park.

Lee E. Erickson, 58, of South Milwaukee, allegedly followed an undercover Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy into a bathroom at Grant Park, exposed himself and began masturbating, according to the sheriff’s department.

Erickson, who has directed the 150-member chorus since 1994, is also music director at St. Anthony’s Church in Milwaukee. He’s been suspended as chorus director, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The newspaper reported that Erickson was among seven men arrested in the last two weeks in an undercover operation targeting gay sexual activity and solicitations in county parks.

Appeals court says school can’t ban breast-cancer awareness bracelet

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Aug. 5 that a Pennsylvania school district cannot block students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies! KEEP A BREAST” bracelets.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split ruling, rejected the claim from the Easton Area School District that the slogan is lewd and disruptive to the school-day routine. The court said that the bracelets, which promote breast-cancer awareness, involve a relevant social issue and didn’t cause problems at school.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the case on behalf of two girls, Kayla Martinez and Brianna Hawk, in the Easton district. ACLU lawyer Mary Catherine Roper said the ruling supports the rights of students to discuss important topics.

A news release from the ACLU of Pennsylvania described the ruling as “groundbreaking.” The girls were middle school students when they were suspended for wearing the bracelets during the a breast-cancer awareness day.

In April 2012, Judge Mary McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that EASD’s ban violated the students’ First Amendment right to free speech and issued an injunction preventing the school from enforcing its ban.

The appeals court upheld that ruling.

“The majority’s opinion recognizes that teens, like adults, must be free to speak and learn about important issues that affect them. Even issues, like breast cancer, that make school administrators uncomfortable,” said Roper.

The decision marks the first time a federal court of appeals has ruled that student speech that is plausibly understood as commenting on political or social issues is protected by the First Amendment.

The Associated Press reported that Easton schools solicitor John Freund said the court didn’t offer any guidelines on where schools can draw the line.

Louisiana sheriff’s office arrests gay men under invalidated sodomy law

Although sex in public and solicitation of “unnatural carnal copulation” for money are illegal in Louisiana, neither element was part of these 12 cases, and most of the men were arrested after agreeing to have sex away from the park at a private residence, District Attorney Hillar Moore III told the newspaper.

Moore said, “From what I’ve seen of these cases, legally, we found no criminal violation.”

Metro Councilman John Delgado said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux owes an apology to the men arrested and the entire parish.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that a Texas sodomy law was invalid. Louisiana was among nine states which had such laws. Richard Ieyoub, then attorney general, said the high court’s ruling made Louisiana’s law unenforceable.

However, “crime against nature” remains part of Louisiana law, punishable by up to five years at hard labor and a $2,000 fine. The criminal code accessible through the Legislature’s website states that “Crime against nature is the unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal.”

Gautreaux has told the Capital City Alliance, an LGBT group, that deputies “will no longer be enforcing this law until the courts or the legislature removes it.

The sheriff’s office sent a statement to the newspaper saying it “should have taken a different approach” to worries about park safety, the newspaper reported.

“We will consult with others in the legislative and judicial branches to see what can be done to remove this law from the criminal code that each deputy receives and to also find alternative ways to deter sexual and lewd activity from our parks,” it said.

The sheriff’s office said it only meant to respond to calls from parents, park officials and members of the public about safety concerns at parks.

“When we receive reports of public masturbation, sex and other lewd activity in a park where children are playing, we must take these concerns seriously,” the statement says. “Our intent was honorable. Our approach, however, is something we must evaluate and change.”

In an email to the sheriff’s office, Delgado wrote that its response on Sunday sensationalized the matter by using terms like “lewd conduct” and “public masturbation” and suggesting that children were present during the arrests.

“The newspaper article makes it quite clear that nothing of the sort occurred in these 12 arrests,” Delgado says. “These men were arrested even though they were innocent of any crime.”

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said the office has no record of being informed that the District Attorney’s Office would not pursue charges in the cases.

On the Web…

Criminal code: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/law.aspx?d=78695 

Nature in the buff | Despite growing restrictions, Mazo Beach remains a top five haven for naturists

Mark Porter first heard about Mazo Beach in the early 1990s. Wisconsin’s famous nude beach, located on the Wisconsin River in northwest Dane County, held an immediate attraction for him.

“At that time, it was considered a mysterious place. You had to have someone tell you how to get there,” says the out IT professional, now 52, who lives just outside of Madison. “I had never been to a nude beach before, and it seemed like a way to possibly meet gay men outside of the bar environment.”

Porter may have had ulterior motives, but it was the area’s natural beauty and the beach’s comfortable ambience that kept him returning, mostly on Monday afternoons when the crowd was sparse. The 800-yard strip of sand fronting the slow-moving river looks out over a series of sandstone bluffs. Above the bluffs numerous birds, including red-tailed hawks and sandhill cranes, seem to float effortlessly in the azure sky.

Mazo Beach was an accepting place, Porter says, attracting men, women and, yes, children of all ages and sexual orientations. Individuals and groups would swim, sun, play volleyball and carry on just like they would at any other beach.

“I learned the rules of the beach,” he says. “Clean up after yourself, maintain the place as if it was your own, and be polite and respectful to all people.”

Porter also came to understand the rules of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which owns the beach and the surrounding 60-plus acres f wooded land. No drugs, no public sex, no lewd and lascivious behavior.

“I had a friend who was fined last year for applying sunscreen too vigorously to himself, in the DNR warden’s opinion,” says Porter. “I don’t recall seeing anyone engage in activities that might make others uncomfortable, but I’m sure they took place.”

In the past five to six years, such activities and the resulting enforcement procedures have started to change the bucolic nature of Mazo Beach. Visitors like Porter, who hasn’t been to the beach in fie years, might be surprised at what one of their favorite former recreational spots has become.

Legal enough

The DNR first purchased the parcel that contains Mazo Beach in 1949 as way to expand public lands for hunting, fishing and camping. By the mid-1950s, word had gotten out about the pristine beach on a secluded bend of the state’s largest recreational river and groups of naturists – as nudists call themselves – began descending on the property. It wasn’t long before the clothing-optionals had claimed the beach as their own.

Mazo Beach was recently named one of the top five nude beaches in the United States. The beach hosts up to an estimated 70,000 visitors from across the country during its summer season. On a given weekend day it’s not unusual to see the adjacent parking lot full and as many as 100 cars parked along Conservation Drive, the main access road to  the beach. The crowds come despite the somewhat ill-defined rules involving public nudity.

Technically, Wisconsin statutes prohibit the exposure of genitalia by either sex in public, but the Dane County district attorney’s office has chosen not to pursue violators of what is considered a misdemeanor under state law providing the naturists adhere to strict boundaries as defined by the beach. Nudity at Mazo Beach, while not technically legal, is apparently legal enough.

In 1999, lawmakers introduced legislation in Madison that would have made public nudity on state-owned land illegal. However, nothing ever came of the motion and no bill has been introduced since that time.

The issue of legality is further muddied by the fact that the beach, located between the communities of Sauk City and Mazomanie, rests on a part of the river that separates Dane County from neighboring Sauk County. The beach, which is on the river’s eastern shore, is technically part of Dane County, where the precedent for nudity had been

established and is tolerated. Naturists who go beyond the islands in the center of the river venture into nearby Sauk County and run the risk of arrest.

The issue causing greatest concern to officials, residents and beachgoers themselves, however, has less to do with how much you show, but what you do with it after you’ve shown it. In recent years, DNR enforcement of state statutes involving lewd and lascivious behavior has netted a growing number of perpetrators who have taken the beach’s relaxed approach to socialization one step too far.

Although there have been some arrests for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, mostly involving marijuana, by far the majority of arrests have involved instances of public sexual acts, not only in the confines of the nearby woods, but sometimes on the beach itself or its nearby sandbars.

On this point, the law is very clear. Those arrested for sex in  the woods will likely be charged with disorderly conduct and a civil forfeiture of $263.50. And sex on the beach? While that may make a fine cocktail, sex anywhere within easy view of nonparticipants is considered a criminal misdemeanor. The penalties for such acts will be set in courtrooms, but chronic offenders can expect to pay as much as a $10,000 find and/or spend nine months in prison.

Last year DNR wardens arrested a Florida man who admitted that he came to Mazo Beach for no other reason than to find a sexual encounter. There also have been advertisements on Craigslist and other social media sites seeking sexual trysts at the beach.

“The number one concern of those we arrest for a sexual encounter is, ‘Will this become public information because I have a wife and kids at home,’” says Nate Kroeplin, one of a number of DNR wardens assigned to northern Dane County, an area that includes Mazo Beach. “Most of our arrests are for sexual disorderly conduct, and I would say there are slightly more arrests for homosexual activity than for heterosexual.”

Not on my river

Public perception differs from DNR statistics, however, and gay beachgoers more often than not tend to be stereotyped as less discrete in their public sex activities than their straight counterparts.

“As with any nude beach or resort, it’s mostly male,” says an extensive Mazo Beach post on The Academic Naturist, a blog for public nudists. “There are gay males that go, but they congregate at the south end of the beach. Don’t worry about the ‘south-enders’ though. They’re far enough away to be out of sight, and the trouble they cause (a majority of the legal violations) is generally very rare.”

In the past few years, wardens have made a more concerted effort to stop lewd and lascivious behavior, patrolling in groups of six or seven officers through the woods and surrounding areas. They know the area well and catch most if not all violators. Some beachgoers even make it a sport to spot the officers and warn others of their presence.

Despite the increase in enforcement, the rate of illegal activity has not changed, Kroeplin says. Last year DNR wardens made 42 arrests, and this year appears to be on track to hit the same number.

“If you sit in a car and watch the foot traffic to the beach, it’s clear that 75 percent of those walking are middle-aged males who have arrived alone,” Kroeplin says.

The warden would not venture a guess as to the intent of those single male beachgoers, but the agency in recent years has taken steps to make easy sexual trysts or drug deals difficult if not impossible.

The DNR banned beach camping, a popular activity on sand dunes all along the river, in the late 1990s. The agency also enacted a curfew that limits beach hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to reduce the opportunity for sexual activity.

Last year, the DNR went further, clearing trees surrounding the beach to reduce the cover for sexual encounters. The agency cleared even more land this year.

There is a parking lot for beachgoers, but the road has been gated. Access to the beach requires walking or biking roughly a mile down a designated pathway. Bright yellow signs warn that the woods are closed to the public from April to September.

A place to be nude … and natural

“The greatest downside to the beach now may be the mile-long walk through the mosquito tunnel,” says Waukesha resident Pete Schell, 43, a sales assistant at a Milwaukee-area car dealership and frequent beach visitor. “I started visiting Mazo Beach six or seven years ago. This was my first nude beach.”

Schell is part of GAMMA, a 30-year-old gay Milwaukee-area social group that plans outings, including those to Mazo Beach. He made his first beach visit on a GAMMA outing and has returned 12 times since.

“It’s a pretty friendly and welcoming place,” says Schell, “I think that people need to be a little less puritanical about their bodies.”

Mazo Beach is largely a place to relax with a cross-section of people most of whom, he is quick to point out, do not look like they just stepped off a model runway.

“It’s not an orgy or a modeling show,” he says. “You may find some beefcake if that’s what you are looking for, but most of them are just plain folks and Wisconsin is, after all, a heavier state.”

But that may be the point, Schell says, and what makes Mazo Beach not only an attractive place to visit, but one that also is socially necessary.

“Public nudity is not some deep, dark monster, but something as natural and regular as walking down the street in a suit of clothes,” Schell says. “It’s good that there’s a place that people can be nude. After the first couple of visits, you start to wonder why there aren’t more places like this.”

Harlot! Whore! Jezebel!

Mazo Beach has attracted more than its share of attention from protesters, right-wing politicians and neighbors, including some who need binoculars to get a clear view of the nudity that so offends them.

In 2000, the Rev. Ralph Ovadal, pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church in Monroe started leading protests against nudity and other implied sins in the beach parking lot. On May 28, 2001, his group of protesters singled out Nancy Jo Erickson, a naturist who in 1998 moved from her native Minneapolis to Mazomanie to be near the beach, as she was arriving for a visit.

The group called for Erickson to repent, to which she responded with an expletive and threats to raise her top and bare her breasts. Cries of “harlot,” “whore” and “Jezebel” ensued for the six minutes it took Erickson to unload her car. A DNR warden who was present asked the religious group to stand back and allow Erickson to proceed but the naturist was angry enough to file a complaint against Ovadal. The pastor was later charged with disorderly conduct and required to pay a $1,000 fine.

“We’ve spoken to religious groups and asked them to stop protesting,” says DNR warden Nate Kroeplin/ “they seemed satisfied once they knew that we were taking enforcement action here.”

Erickson has since married financial planner Wirth, and the couple has opened Wall Street Gallery and Bistro, 14 Broadhead St., in Mazomanie. Nancy Jo Wirth is still an avowed naturist, but she and her husband no longer visit the beach.

If you go

Interested in visiting one of the top five nude beaches in America? The Friends of Mazo Beach, a volunteer organization of frequent beachgoers who take care of the property provided directions: From Madison, take Hwy. 12 north to Cty. Y; turn left (west) to the second turn at Laws Drive; take a short right to Conservation Road (gravel). At the parking lot, walk or bike a mile to the handicap parking lot and beach. Do not disrobe before you reach the beach! No, no, no … busted!

Visit friendsofmazobeach.wordpress.com for more information.

Weiner to announce resignation today

Multiple sources are reporting that embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner plans to resign this afternoon under pressure from Democratic Party officials.

For weeks, Weiner has been embroiled in a scandal over lewd photos and messages that he sent online to at least six women. Revelations from young women involved in the scandal have surfaced almost daily.

During a tearful news conference recently he admitted he had told a series of lies to cover up his bad behavior. Top Democrats have called for a House ethics probe to see if Weiner had broken any rules, including abusing his congressional office.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Weiner called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, head of the Democrats’ re-election committee in the House, Wednesday night to tell them he’d step down. The pressure on Mr. Weiner to quit reached a peak when President Barack Obama told NBC News that Mr. Weiner had embarrassed himself and his family. “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,” Mr. Obama said.

Weiner has claimed to be in a rehab facility over the past week. Prior to the scandal, he was considered the top candidate to replace New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.