Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny: Taking it off, but not all, to make a point


Taking it off, but not all, to make A point

There they were, stripped to their underwear and marching through the streets of Salt Lake City. Thousands were protesting what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah. The head of the Undie Run, Nate Porter, said the goal of the event Saturday was to organize people frustrated by the conservative nature of the state's politics. Nudity was prohibited by organizers. Participants donned bras, panties, nightgowns, swimwear or colorful boxer shorts — and some added political messages by expressing support for causes like gay marriage on their chests, backs or legs. Salt Lake City is the home of the Mormon church, which is a vocal opponent of gay marriage.

Taking it all off to make a point

San Francisco does not have a law against being naked in public. So naturally, several dozen men and a woman stripped down for a "nude-in" to let folks know they like things as they are, including the human body. A city supervisor's idea is to regulate the practice of nudity by prohibiting it in restaurants and requiring that unclad people put a towel or other material down before sitting bare-bottomed on benches or other public seats. That is so unnecessary, the protesters say. "The people out here believe there is nothing indecent or offensive about the human body," said Mitch Hightower, the organizer of Saturday's gathering.


Professor knows what, but not how

Donald Schlafer isn't much good at his hobby. It is just a hobby, after all. Still, the professor of pathology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in New York acknowledges his winemaking is pretty awful. "I think I know what I'm supposed to do, I just can't figure out how to do it." That could change. Schlafer won a contest that allowed him to spend a week with winemaking professionals. "I'm curious to go back and give my efforts to make my wine better," he said.


Three guys, booze and a stuffed gator

Three men in Michigan decide to steal a 14-foot stuffed alligator in Deerfield Township. All three are extremely intoxicated. No surprise, all three are caught by police. The Livingston Daily Press and Argus reported Monday that one pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, and another pleaded no contest to the same charge. The third apparently is still thinking it over. The stuffed gator, meanwhile, has been placed for sale on CraigsList for $10,000.

Compiles from Times wires and other sources

The skinny: Taking it off, but not all, to make a point 09/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Times Wires.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. McConnell trying to revise the Senate health care bill by Friday


    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to send a revised version of his health care bill to the Congressional Budget Office as soon as Friday as he continues to push for a vote before Congress' August recess.

    Protesters rally against the Senate Republican health care bill Wednesday on the east front of the Capitol building.
  2. Police raise likely death toll in London high-rise blaze


    LONDON — The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.

  3. Rick Baker gives himself a "B" in 1st debate against Rick Kriseman


    Rick Baker gave himself a “B” in his first debate against Mayor Rick Kriseman.

    Rick Baker chats with supporters at a fundraiser at St. Petersburg Yacht Club Wednesday evening
  4. Companies, governments assess damage from latest malware attack


    PARIS — Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals and banks. Ukraine, which was hardest hit and where the attack likely originated, said it had secured critical state assets — though everyday life remained affected, …

  5. Details of Trump's travel ban still being finalized


    WASHINGTON — Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security labored Wednesday to finalize rules for visitors from six mostly Muslim nations who hope to avoid the Trump administration's revived travel ban and come to the United States.