A Minnesota lawmaker has launched a crusade to convince high school students to stop wearing so much perfume. State Rep. Karen Clark, a Democrat, says that the air in the city’s schools has become so thick with scented body spray that students with asthma are starting to suffer. She’s proposed legislation to run “awareness campaigns” on the problem, which Mikolai Altenberg, a senior at Minneapolis South High School, says is all too real. Many of his classmates, he says, “think that putting Axe all over them is a substitute for showering.”
A Wisconsin woman has spent six days in jail for unpaid library fines. Keely Givhan, a mother and college student, says police initially pulled her over for “not having a light bulb over my back license plate,” but then informed her she owed $159 in unpaid library fines and another $172 for missed court appearances related to the overdue books. Lacking the cash to pay her fines, Givhan was jailed for six days. A violation is a violation, explained police Capt. Bill Tyler, “whether you’ve got dope or library books.”
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