Controversy of the week
Good week for:
Legal tender, with the news that Nevada’s notorious “Bunny Ranch” brothel may soon accept Bitcoin. Owner Dennis Hof says many of his clients are wealthy, so using an anonymous cryptocurrency “is a natural fit for people who have much to lose.”
A dish served cold, after former NBC Today journalist Ann Curry—forced from the show’s co-anchor job after allegedly clashing with colleague Matt Lauer—said in an interview she “is not surprised” Lauer was brought down by allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. She declined to elaborate.
Decluttering, after three New Jersey brothers found a tiny, dust-covered painting in the basement that turned out be an early Rembrandt worth $1.1 million. “As a kid I thought, ‘Why did we have a painting like that in our dining room?’” said Ned Landau.
Bad week for:
Giving both sides, after a Milwaukee Christian elementary school apologized for a fourth-grade homework assignment asking students to list “3 ‘good’ reasons for slavery and 3 bad ones.”
Sen. Richard Shelby, after fellow Alabama Republicans launched a drive to censure him for failing to support the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore. After multiple women alleged Moore harassed or molested them as teens, Shelby said he would write in another Republican—which critics say was an act of “disloyalty.”
Thrift, when a British man tried to evade excess baggage fees on a flight home from Iceland by wearing 10 shirts and eight pairs of pants. Staff prevented a bulkily clad Ryan Williams from boarding the British Airways flight, but refunded his ticket. ■