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Waterloo remains a suspect business model

Win by losing

As a business motivation, Waterloo stinks

As far as rah-rah speeches, it was an interesting parallel to draw. Luca Luciani, a general manager of the Italian company Telecom Italia, tried to motivate his troops with a speech exhorting them to take inspiration from French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's leadership at Waterloo, according to the news agency ANSA. "He had five great nations against him ... but with strategy, clear ideas, determination and strength, Napoleon made Waterloo his masterpiece," Luciani says in a speech that went directly to YouTube. "Go ahead and score like Napoleon at Waterloo!" History aficionados among the assembled salesmen were a little confused, since Napoleon famously lost at Waterloo. Luciani later apologized.

Liquid legislation

Louisiana has limit of zero official drinks

Legislation that would have made the sazerac the state cocktail of Louisiana has been rejected. The concoction of whiskey, sugar, bitters and anise-flavored liqueur is famous in New Orleans, and state Sen. Ed Murray, who represents the city, proposed the bill. But other senators, apparently not familiar with Bourbon Street, are afraid it would "send the wrong message." So that started official debate. "Is there a possibility that we could be encouraging folks, who were not intending to drink, that it would be acceptable and they could become an alcoholic?" Sen. Buddy Shaw asked. "No," Murray responded. The bill was defeated 27-8. Five of the eight supporters represent areas of New Orleans.

Men in skirts

Whoops! Closet hider gets a pass

It turns out Eric Kincaid of Aloha, Ore., had a perfectly acceptable reason for hiding in a woman's closet wearing a lacy negligee, fishnet stockings, a miniskirt, a sheer blouse and a brown wig. See, he was just in the wrong apartment, according to the Oregonian in Portland. "This was a complete accident," public defender Ethan Levi said. Kincaid had arranged to meet another woman for a tryst, but when the apartment owner came out of the shower and found him, she screamed and he ran. He was identified later because the meth pipe he dropped had his DNA on it. When caught, he said it was him in the apartment but pleaded not guilty. A court agreed this week.

Landscaper likes to mow commando

Municipal officials in Clinton, La., want Jay Herrod to be more careful when he dresses to mow lawns. They think his skirt is way too revealing. Herrod says he wears the skirt to combat wicked heat rash ("It allows that area to breathe.") Authorities are trying to get him to change his attire under a new ordinance against baggy pants, but Herrod says he has a doctor's note … and nice gams. "I've had some women say I have nice looking legs," he said. His customers don't care what he wears. "He cuts the yard in a hurry. He does a good job," Carline Kimbro says. "I don't have any problems. I don't pay attention to what he wears."

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

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