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Florida's saggy-pants crusader, and more

A Florida lawmaker who sponsored the state’s “Pull Your Pants Up” law handed out 200 leather belts this week to students with sagging pants.

Florida's saggy-pants crusader
A Florida lawmaker who sponsored the state’s “Pull Your Pants Up” law handed out 200 leather belts this week to students with sagging pants. State Sen. Gary Siplin, who is black, has been accused of unfairly targeting black students. But Siplin said parents have thanked him for his crusade. “They say, ‘How can they walk down the street showing their behinds?’” Siplin said. “It’s not civilized.”

Court faults police lineup for robber's release
A 400-pound convicted robber has been released from prison because a police lineup did not contain any obese people. Eric Kenley was convicted after being identified by victims. But an appeals court said the lack of “grossly overweight” men in the lineup violated Kenley’s rights, while conceding the difficulty of finding five other 400-pound men.

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