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The Skinny: Blago's hair likely to need a new slogan

days of DISCO

Blago's hair likely to need a new slogan

Now that Rod Blagojevich appears headed to the lockup, what happens to his famous locks? The hair that inspired a David Letterman Top 10 list and a line of "Bleep'n Golden" shampoo in the Chicago area may even survive a trip to prison. A federal prison manual says there's no limit on hair length "as long as it is neat and clean," so the former Illinois governor will be able to keep his hair if he's incarcerated, the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Ill., reported Tuesday. A jury convicted Blagojevich, a Democrat, on Monday on 17 charges in his corruption retrial, and he could face 10 to 15 years, though he's likely to appeal. On the witness stand, he said of his mop: "I'm a product of the disco era, when a hairbrush is an extension of your right hand."

A toke over the line

Easy money turns out not to be

A city needs money. Marijuana produces lots of it. A light goes on: Approve a giant medical marijuana farm and reap payments from the operator of the project. Not a bright idea. A grand jury says the plan by the cash-strapped Northern California city of Isleton went too far in the pursuit of cash (the plan promised up to $600,000 in just the first year). Isleton City Manager Bruce Pope says the district attorney and federal prosecutors overreacted. "We did our jobs the way we were supposed to," he told the Sacramento Bee. "The fact that a criminal prosecutor didn't like the way we did our jobs is beside the point." The project is dead.

Look out below

Car lacks wings but flies anyway

The 16-year-old sped around winding mountain roads in Walemsee, Switzerland, in his vehicle. Hour after hour, it was a breeze. Until a bend came into the picture. The teen lost control of his stolen car, then sailed 300 feet through the air off a mountainside and onto the roof of a house, the London website Orange reported. The teen was dazed. The homeowner was stunned. "I thought at first it was an earthquake or that part of the hillside had collapsed on my property," Thorsten Baumgartner, 48, said. "I didn't expect to see a car on the roof when I went outside."

Hold the bengay

Captain of the sea — on paddleboard

Bart de Zwart expected to be in more pain after paddling 300 miles from Hawaii's Big Island to Kauai. He spent five days alone at sea attempting what he believes to be the first-ever solo island crossing on a standup paddleboard. De Zwart, 41, had swollen, infected blisters on his feet, but "I'm not even sore." He dropped 6 pounds, too.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

The Skinny: Blago's hair likely to need a new slogan 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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