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Expensive gas curtails protest of gas prices

Downsized protest

Expensive gas curtails protest of gas prices

Organizers expected more than 200 angry truckers to storm Capitol Hill on Tuesday to protest the high cost of gas. The big problem, though, was that gas cost too much for them to make the trip. So fewer than 20 showed up. But they were noisy, driving around and honking their horns. The truckers are asking Congress to approve measures to bring down fuel prices. They also back new moves to promote offshore drilling.

Fashion statements

Naked skater has workers blushing

Construction workers in Portland, Ore., complained when Gennifer Moss, also known as Earth Friend Gen, was skating around downtown without the benefit of a helmet. Or knee pads. Or elbow pads. Or clothes. Pretty much, just wearing the skates. Turns out, skating nude is not illegal in Portland, but when Moss heard about the complaints, she put on a string bikini bottom. Police say that callers said they were concerned about Moss' safety.

Indoor furniture to be kept indoors

Exterior decorators in Lincoln, Neb., will have one less tool in their arsenal: The City Council voted 5-2 to ban the use of indoor furniture on porches outside. Supporters say the ban is needed to help revitalize neighborhoods in the college town, where students move in and out of rental homes. No one spoke out against the ban, which now goes into effect Oct. 7.

Nomenclature

An additional fee for really long names

Ulrika Ortegren-Karjenmaki was trying to fly on budget airline Ryanair out of London's Stansted Airport, but was denied boarding because of her name. It wasn't that her name was the same as a terrorist or anything. It was just too long. Airline officials said that it didn't fit on the boarding pass, and the dots over certain letters in her name invalidated the ticket, according to the Sun. Remarkably patient, she came back the next day, bought another $256 ticket and tried again. They told her it was a problem again, but this time an alternate pass was issued and she was allowed on the plane. "I did not receive any explanation," she said. Ryanair says it may compensate the woman for the incident.

Court: November okay as kid's name

Sweden's tax agency can deny a parent's choice of names for their bouncing babies, and initially made such a ruling in the case of Kaj Taran November. Presumably, the problem was with the "November" part of the name, according to the Swedish news agency TT. So his mother, Janna-Li Lanke, took the agency to court, and won. With that decision, TT reports that "January" is the only month not being used as someone's name in Sweden. At least until someone reads that.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Expensive gas curtails protest of gas prices 09/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 25, 2008 4:19pm]
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