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Bill will allow for decoration with antlers


James Edmunds, a freshman Republican in the Virginia House of Delegates, has gotten his first piece of legislation passed. So, yay for him! It was HB1283, and it allows for the ownership of deer antlers. This was not a controversial piece of legislation, except for one person, as it passed 95-1. "This antlers bill is foundational to our freedoms," said Delegate Mark Sickles, a Democrat, possibly as a joke. The law will allow all Virginians the right to own animal body parts that naturally fall off, which was previously illegal. That had deep, personal relevance to Edmunds, who found out about the law when he tried to display antlers he had found on his property in his assembly office, reports the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

Travel briefs

Man causes scene while high on plane

Kinman Chan, 30, has a perfectly logical explanation as to why he screamed, dropped his pants and attacked crew members on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Sunday: He was high on a double dose of medical marijuana cookies. Ohhhhhhh, then that probably makes it all okay! Wait, no, technically, he is still charged with interfering with a flight crew and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The incident led to the plane being diverted to Pittsburgh so he could be arrested.

Man thanks folks by getting tattoo

Grant Burton of Melbourne, Australia, wanted to do something nice for his parents on their 40th wedding anniversary and decided they would love a ticket for them to take a train across Europe. But rather than just buy them, he wanted them for free. So he contacted Eurail and offered to have the company logo tattooed on his back in return for the tickets. The Sun reports that Eurail countered, saying if he threw in a Facebook fan page and could get 5,000 followers, it was a deal. You can get 5,000 people on Facebook to agree to about anything, so that wasn't hard, and he got the tattoo, and his parents are planning their trip. "They've done so much for me," Burton said. "Being a human billboard is a small price to pay."

Bird Brains

Scottish man has problem with bird

Stefan McKinsley, 19, pleaded guilty Monday to breach of peace for an argument that he had in the early hours of Friday with his grandmother's parrot in Bonnyrigg, Scotland. The Daily Telegraph reports that McKinsley says the parrot was making a lot of noise and keeping him awake, and his grandmother called the cops when he started beating on the bird's cage and threatening it with violence if it didn't quiet down. He spent the weekend in jail, and on Monday was sentenced to buy his grandmother a box of chocolates and apologize to her. The bird got nothing in the deal.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Bill will allow for decoration with antlers 02/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 1:11am]
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