Flush with love
Wash. sewage plant invites weddings
The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center near Seattle is advertising its availability as a wedding venue — even outside. On Facebook it lists its full catering kitchen, dance floor and ample parking. The director of the Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center, Susan Tallarico, told TV station KIRO that receptions would take place just steps away from where raw sewage is processed. She says there's no odor because all the processing is contained. The King County plant charges $2,000 to rent the center for eight hours. One couple has already booked it for their nuptials.
Finding a void
'God' sues credit rating agency
A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate. He says a customer service representative even suggested that he change his name to resolve the issue. Gazarov, 26, a Russian native who is named after his grandfather, owns a Brighton Beach jewelry store and says he has high scores with two other major credit agencies.
Life imitates art
'House of Cards' tussles with Md.
As the Maryland General Assembly session ended late Monday, virtually all that remained was a standoff right out of House of Cards — literally. The producers of the popular Netflix series, which is mostly filmed in and around Baltimore, had threatened to leave the state if lawmakers didn't provide millions of dollars in additional tax credits, the Washington Post reports. House of Cards filmed its first two seasons in Maryland and was rewarded with more than $26 million in tax credits. For the filming of Season 3, the show was promised far less. So the show's producer threatened to pack up. Delegates in turn suggested using eminent domain to seize the show's sets and property. Lawmakers quoted Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood character, an unscrupulous politician who threatens, charms and murders his way to greater power. On Monday, the clock ran out. The session ended. The legislation was dead. The next move belongs to House of Cards. Stay tuned.
Cemetery copes as flowers devoured
Administrators of a Delaware cemetery are asking visitors to bring artificial flowers to grave sites, saying hungry deer are eating fresh floral arrangements there. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that All Saints Cemetery has installed signs suggesting visitors bring faux foliage. An assistant superintendent at the cemetery says groundskeepers have tried to keep the pesky deer away from funeral flowers by spraying them with a deer deterrent and covering them at night. Hunger won.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.