Son's honesty lands father in jail
A Florida man has been arrested and convicted of running a prostitution ring, thanks to the honesty of his 7-year-old son. Robert Burton, 34, was pulled over during a traffic stop while driving with his son and two unnamed women. When police asked who the women were, the boy replied, “Those are my daddy’s hos.” Burton last week was sentenced to 15 years in jail on an array of charges, including assault, kidnapping, and deriving support from prostitution.
Beyoncé's custom-made sneakers
Beyoncé is under fire from animal-rights groups for wearing a pair of sneakers custom-made from the skins of ostriches, anacondas, and other exotic animals, says the New York Daily News. The footwear’s manufacturer says the singer herself commissioned the “King Bey” sneakers, which retail for up to $10,000 and are made from a combination of ostrich, anaconda, stingray, cow, and crocodile hides. Dan Matthews of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called the sneakers “grisly,’’ adding, “It’s like they killed Noah’s Ark for them.’’
Spring is here!
City officials in Chengdu, China, have been painting the city’s grass green to make residents think spring is here. The ruse came to light when some residents noticed unpainted patches of yellowish winter grass, and others found the green paint coming off on their shoes. The city was then forced to admit its deception, but an official said the goal was simply to lift residents’ morale. “People feel more positive, cheerful, and productive when spring is here,” he said, “and everything is green and new.”