Controversy of the week
Only in America
A Minnesota restaurant owner, upset over the multiple stabbings by a Somali immigrant at a nearby mall, has put a “Muslims get out” sign outside his shop. Dan Ruedinger said that it’s time to stop “worrying about the PC crowd and do what is right.” He said business is up so much, he’s had to add extra workers.
The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a state law that could result in criminal charges against parents or other caregivers who change diapers or bathe children. The law forbids anyone touching “any part of the genitals, anus, or female breasts” of children under age 15, and does not require that the contact be sexual in nature. The court said anyone wrongly charged could raise “lack of sexual motivation” as an “affirmative defense.”
Good week for:
Kids who can’t sit still, after a middle school math teacher in North Carolina installed bike pedals under desks to help students burn off excess energy and stop fidgeting. “The kids loved them,” said Bethany Lambeth. “I’ve definitely noticed grades going up.”
Proving the obvious, after Swiss researchers conducted a study that revealed that drinking beer makes people more sociable and less sexually inhibited. “Although many people drink beer and know its effects through personal experience,” said lead researcher Matthias Liechti, “there is surprisingly little scientific data.”
Robo cops, after police in Los Angeles deployed a high-tech robot to sneak up on an armed suspect and snatch his gun in the midst of a standoff. “He looked up and realized his gun was gone,” said the police. The shocked suspect then surrendered.
Bad week for:
Counting steps, after a study found that overweight dieters who wore activity-tracking devices lost significantly less weight than those who dieted and exercised without a device. Researchers said daily readouts may provide a false sense of accomplishment.
School spirit, after high school cheerleaders in Provo, Utah, were told not to wear their uniforms to class on practice day because a male student complained that the short skirts were causing him to have “impure” thoughts.
Loving thy neighbor, after a 90-year-old Florida man was arrested twice in a week for violating a local law by feeding homeless people. “They were very gentle,” said Arnold Abbott of the Fort Lauderdale police. “I think they feel a little guilty doing their jobs.”
Boring but important
Immigrant status mix-up At least 858 immigrants from countries of concern have been mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship due to a records error, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released this week. The immigrants, who came from countries that either pose national security threats or have high rates of immigration fraud, had been set for deportation when they applied for citizenship under another name or birth date. They weren’t caught by immigration officials because their fingerprints were missing from government databases. At least three were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, while another became a law enforcement officer. GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump seized on the report as evidence that “extreme vetting” of immigrants is needed.