Italian mayor seeks to crack down on miniskirts in his town
Luigi Bobbio, the mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, a beautiful seaside town, wants to put the morality police on the streets. Bobbio seeks to make miniskirts, low-cut jeans -- and even sunbathing -- illegal, slapping offenders who fail to comply with fines that could cost them hundreds of dollars and a hassle in court. The proposal, to be considered today, would also make it illegal for people to play soccer in public places, to drink on the streets, and to say anything deemed blasphemy. Bobbio, a member of the right-wing People of Freedom Party, has the support of some religious officials, according to BBC. His aim is to target people who are "rowdy, unruly, or simply badly behaved."
Source: Brett Favre sent text messages to Jenn Sterger, but not pics
Citing an unnamed source close to Brett Favre, Fox is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings quarterback has admitted to leaving voicemails for a sideline reporter while he was at the New York Jets. Fox Sports senior writer Jay Glazer made the claim on Sunday, saying his source could verify that Favre claimed responsibility for the voice messages last Tuesday during a meeting with NFL security.
Wikileaks documents: 31 Iraqi people died each day of Iraq war
Over the objections of U.S. military officials, Wikileaks has released its latest pile of classified documents. An initial look at the trove by a handful of news agencies that were granted early access, such as ABC and the Guardian, reveals the death toll in Iraq to be about 31 Iraqi people each day.
Al Jazeera is reporting that war that began under President George W. Bush in 2003 included unknown abuses. Documents, the news agency says, include evidence that highlight some evils under the Iraqi government such as cases of state-sanctioned torture, death squads, and Iranian involvement in "funneling arms to Shiite militias." The Guardian meanwhile reports that documents show that the U.S. government turned a blind eye to reports of torture and abuse by Iraqi law enforcement officers and soldiers.
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The early reviews on the HP Slate 500
A few techie media outlets got their hands on the new HP State 500, which doesn't exactly seem poised to be a competitor to Apple's hit, the iPad. The 1.5-poud Slate boasts an 8.9-inch touch screen, 3 megapixel camera, webcam, and digital pen. But unlike the top-selling iPad, the HP device is being marketed as "specifically for business" as well as "enterprise and vertical customers" (whatever the heck a vertical customer is). The device, which will retail for $799, would run Microsoft's Windows 7 and could be seen as an alternative to heavier laptops.