Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny: Tennessee votes for fish in barber shops

Politics as unusual

Tennessee votes for fish in barber shops

At some point on Wednesday, the most important issue facing the Tennessee state Senate was whether or not barber shops should be permitted to display live fish and birds. All the other important stuff was apparently solved, so they voted, 30-1, that the animals should be allowed. Existing laws bar them for hygenic reasons, but a Mount Pleasant barber has lobbied for the change on the grounds that it would make her customers more relaxed. Sen. Roy Herron, a Democrat, was the only dissenting vote. "I just was afraid I might offend some of my fish constituents by subjecting them to the confines of a barber shop," he said, explaining that his district includes several rivers.

Traffic cops

Police tow police cars, costing police

If police in New York are looking for a way to cut unnecessary expenditures from the budget, the New York Daily News may have stumbled upon something for them to whittle at. It seems that the city has a problem involving unmarked police cars. Police tow operators have a quota of four tows a day, and have been meeting it by hauling off unmarked police cars. Sometimes they aren't even parked illegally. Sometimes they are about to transport murder suspects, and they have to call in additional detectives. Then the detectives have to go get the car back, costing up to six hours of overtime. "It's embarrassing," said Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives' Endowment Association. "If the practice continues, escapes and injuries are inevitable."

Higher ed

Teacher discusses a backup career

An English teacher at Enochs High School in Modesto, Calif., was one of 40 teachers to receive a layoff notice last week. The Modesto Bee reports that some parents have complained that the teacher went to class on Friday and told her students that she would have to become a stripper and maybe sell her eggs to replace her income. That might have been okay from a biology teacher, but from an English teacher, it might have been a "poor choice of words," admitted an official at the teacher's association. The school district says that the situation was resolved, but did not indicate whether the teacher had been punished. Beyond, of course, losing her job.


Dog in ER

Randy Juckes, the owner of the dog that wandered in to a hospital emergency room in Farmingham, N.M., over the weekend, says he only found the dog because of a report in the Farmingham Daily Times about the incident, which included a photo. Juckes said that Scottie disappeared on March 7. After walking into an ER, he was treated and taken to a shelter. "We're going to have to pay to bail him out," Juckes said.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at [email protected]

The skinny: Tennessee votes for fish in barber shops 03/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 10:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Bruno Mars' charisma glitters like gold at Tampa's Amalie Arena


    Nothing in this world should be as easy as Bruno Mars makes it look. Not singing, not dancing, and certainly not playfully seducing more than 17,500 starry-eyed Tampa fans with one of pop music’s best bands at your back.

    Bruno Mars performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Oct. 19, 2017.
  2. Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev said he blacked out for a few seconds after his first NHL goal Thursday night, a rocket slap shot from the point.

    Mikhail Sergachev, front, looks like he’s very in the moment with teammate Dan Girardi after scoring his first NHL goal, though he says he blacked out for a bit. He scores again in the second.
  3. Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to win pennant, head to World Series for first time since '88


    CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

    The Dodgers celebrate their Game 5 victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, putting Los Angeles in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
  4. Another suspicious death in Tampa's Seminole Heights


    TAMPA — Police were investigating what they were calling a suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night, near the location of two fatal shootings last week.

    Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan addresses reporters about the latest suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]
  5. Duke tops preseason coaches' basketball poll; Gators No. 7


    Duke has been tabbed basketball's preseason No. 1 for the second straight season in the coaches' poll, released Thursday.

    Florida point guard Chris Chiozza launches the shot of last season’s NCAA Tournament, a winning 3
against Wisconsin that put the Gators into the Elite Eight. Chiozza returns to lead a UF team that’s getting its share of preseason attention, including a No. 7 ranking in the coaches’ poll.