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The Skinny: Hairdressers take on Hamas ... very carefully

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Hairdressers take on hamas ... very carefully

In what would make an excellent plot twist if there was a Shear Genius: Gaza Strip, Gaza's Islamic militant rulers Hamas ruled last week that male hairdressers may not cut the hair of women. The male hairdressers in Gaza — all five of them — have filed a complaint hoping to get a clarification that will allow them to work again. They are in high demand among upper middle class women, but strict versions of Islam ban women from exposing their hair to strangers.

Foreclosure

Woman loses house, and bird

Angela Iannelli was upset enough that Bank of America repossessed her Pittsburgh-area home. She says she had been on time with her mortgage payments and there should have been no problem. But when the contractor came in to take over the house, he took her parrot. Which, technically, was not mortgaged. She said she called the bank for more than a week to get things straightened out, but representatives told that they could not help her and that they were "tired of hearing from her," according to the lawsuit she has filed. The bank eventually told her where she could pick up her bird and gave her her house back. But the offer to fix the damage inside was not enough to stop the lawsuit, her lawyer says.

2010 census

Cities don't want robbers stolen

Rudy Clay, the mayor of Gary, Ind., is already challenging the results of the 2010 census, and it hasn't even been taken yet. The mayor wants to make sure that his city's official population count is as high as possible, and he is concerned because he says a sizable number of his citizenry lives in other cities around the state. Not by choice. State and federal prisoners are counted as residents of the city where they are incarcerated. Clay wants state lawmakers to change the law to count them where they resided before incarceration, according to the Indianapolis Star.

There she is ...

She just got here but is already No. 1

Cecilia Juarez hasn't even been sentenced yet and is already wowing them at the Cereso prison in Juarez, Mexico, winning the title of Belleza Cautiva — Miss Captive Beauty — reports the El Paso (Texas) Times. Juarez was convicted of drug trafficking two months ago and is awaiting sentencing, but the jury is no longer out on the contest. She won a unanimous decision among the 15 contestants. The contest was held as part of the observance of International Women's Day on Monday.

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

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