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

ABUNDANCE OF SKIN

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.

SOUR GRAPES

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.

DUMB CRIMINALS

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.

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