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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

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