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The skinny: Twerking ban hoax fools some in Louisiana

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Twerking ban hoax fools some in La.

When a satirical website reported the small city of DeQuincy, La., had banned twerking, some local residents thought it might be true. City Hall got 40 to 50 calls about the ban Tuesday, and similar calls tied up two lines at the police station, Mayor Lawrence Henagen estimated that more than half thought there might be truth in the article posted at the National Report. The article quotes "Maynard Wilkens who is the Mayor of DeQuincy" as telling CNN, "Twerking is a defiant act against Jesus and his teachings. The rest of the country can keep their heads in the sand about this sexual act before marriage, but not the great city of DeQuincy."

Slithery shenanigans

850 snakes found in N.Y. man's home

A Long Island animal control officer had hundreds of snakes, including two 6-foot Burmese pythons, at his home, where he ran an illegal side business selling the animals, authorities said Thursday. Officials said there were 850 snakes in two garages at the Shirley, N.Y., home of Richard Parinello, 44, including the Burmese pythons, which are illegal in New York state. The pythons were headed to an animal sanctuary in Massachusetts. It was not clear what would be done with the other snakes.

Headed to splitsville

Ruling partitions couple's home

The economic crisis in Spain has had the unintentional consequence of forcing warring couples who cannot afford divorces to remain together. Now, a judge in Seville has ordered a divorcing couple to split their 2,700-square-foot apartment down the middle. The ruling requires the husband to foot the bill for the division. But it does not specify whether he must erect new walls or can resort to the less expensive option of plastering tape across the floor, one penny-pinching solution that some splitting couples have tried.

Don't drink and ride

Man charged with DUI on lawn mower

A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with driving drunk while carrying an open can of beer — on a riding lawn mower. Murrysville police say they found 55-year-old Thomas Marrone driving the mower along a road just before 1:30 a.m. Aug. 30. Police say Marrone smelled of alcohol and had an open can of Coors Light beer in the mower's storage compartment. They say he told them he was driving to his Murrysville home — some 6.4 miles away.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Twerking ban hoax fools some in Louisiana 09/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:35pm]

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