The skinny

The skinny: Hospital gowns will no longer offer a peep show

Flash of modesty

Hospital gowns will no longer offer peep show

Anyone who's ever been admitted to hospital knows the embarrassing sense of overexposure that comes from a hospital gown. Now fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has helped the Cleveland Clinic create a more stylish outfit without the peek-a-boo back. The gown features a wrap dress with a bold, graphic print and has side ties that eliminate the embarrassing open-back look. Feedback has been mostly positive, but some men complained that the gown is too feminine. The designers are considering an alternate print.

Twilight zone

A class to die for: Zombies 101

To make classes more lively, the University of Baltimore is offering one on the undead. The course is being taught by Arnold Blumberg, the author of Zombiemania, a book on zombie movies. Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. The university isn't the first with the undead. Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on zombies in popular media for years, and at Simpson College in Iowa students spent the spring semester writing about the History of the Great Zombie War.

Whiz kid

Fastest way to fix budget shortfalls?

Nevada gubernatorial hopeful Eugene "Gino" DiSimone is expanding on his vision to fix the state's budget problems by letting people drive up to 90 mph on designated highways. His plan calls for vehicles to pass a safety inspection and drivers to buy a transponder. After setting up an account, anyone in a hurry could dial in and, for $25 charged to a credit card, be free to speed for 24 hours. DiSimone estimates his idea, which he calls the "free limit plan," would bring in $1 billion a year. The Nevada Highway Patrol isn't rushing to endorse the idea.

Highs and lows

Come on up and put on handcuffs

San Francisco police cited a man for public nuisance and trespassing after he scaled the exterior of a 58-story skyscraper — after they helped him unfurl and display an American flag at the top. The man was identified as veteran climber Dan Goodwin, 54, also known as "Skyscraper Man." Goodwin used suction cups but no ropes to scale Millennium Tower, a 645-foot residential building overlooking San Francisco Bay, on Monday. It took Goodwin three hours to reach the top. His previous climbs include the World Trade Center (1983) and the Sears Tower (1981).

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Hospital gowns will no longer offer a peep show 09/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:12pm]

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