Posted Monday, November 19, 2012 --- 11:19 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Letting it all hang out may soon be illegal in San Francisco. Tomorrow, the Board of Supervisors is set to vote on an ordinance that would ban public nudity. Supervisors say they've been getting complaints about people strutting their stuff through the city's famously gay Castro District. A first offense would carry a maximum penalty of a $100 fine. But repeat violations could be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 500 bucks and a year in jail. There would exemptions to the nudity ban, such as streets fairs or parades.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Forget about the hottest toys. Twinkies are flying off store shelves and soon may be impossible to find. Hostess Brands has filed for bankruptcy and is seeking permission in federal court to shut down. Minnesota-based Supervalu says shoppers are snapping up Hostess products like Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread. A Supervalu spokesman tells Minnesota Public Radio once the Twinkies are gone, they're gone. The stores won't be resupplied. There's one hope for Twinkie lovers, though. Another company might buy the brand and resume production.
EARLY NEW YORK SKIING
WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Skiers in New York have something to be thankful for this week. Early skiing. The state-owned Whiteface Mountain ski center near Lake Placid has opened for the season. That's six days ahead of schedule. Hundreds of skiers hit the slopes over the weekend under sunny skies with mild temps. Officials say recent weather has been ideal for snowmaking, allowing the mountain to open early. It was the earliest opening for Whiteface since 2003. The ski center will be closed today through Thursday. But it reopens on Friday for the holiday weekend.
ZOOLIGHTS BY THE NUMBERS
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Think you've got a lot of lights to hang this holiday season? Workers at the Tacoma, Washington, zoo are putting up miles and miles of lights. The News-Tribune reports the light display at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has 27 miles of lights, and 4 miles of cords. It's the area's most popular holiday treat, drawing two million people over its 25 year history. This year, more than a-half million lights will wind around the zoo grounds.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Drones aren't just for gathering intelligence -- they could also be used for gathering news. A research project at the University of Missouri is studying the use of unmanned aircraft as a way of the getting the story. The Columbia Missourian reports news producer Scott Pham has received a $25,000 school grant for the project. He works for NPR station KBIA-FM. The grant will allow Pham to work with the M-U College of Engineering to develop flying robots for journalism use.
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