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for the week ending 7 January 2018

 NYT To Keep Selling $8,000 Tours Of Iran Despite Anti-Regime Protests

(The DC) — The New York Times will continue offering its expensive tours of Iran despite protests in the country against the Iranian regime, which the United States government has designated the number one state sponsor of terrorism.

The company is selling nine different 13-day tours of Iran in 2018. Individual tickets for the program, "Tales from Persia," cost $7,895. The weighty price tag doesn't include your flights to and from the Islamic Republic, but it does buy you the companionship of a handful of Times "experts" to accompany you on the trip, in addition to the state-approved domestic tour guide.

The trip itinerary includes two days in Isfahan, which is currently a focal point of the anti-regime protests that have left at least 21 people dead.

A spokesman for the Times said they have no plans to cancel any of the Iran trips but said the company is monitoring the protests and is keeping in touch with their contacts "on the ground."
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New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art Will
Start Charging Out-Of-Staters $25 Admission

(WZ/Daily Mail) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art is partially abandoning its 'pay-what-you-wish' admissions policy for a new approach that favors New Yorkers.

Starting March 1, the museum will charge a mandatory $25 entrance fee to most adult visitors who don't live in New York state, the Met's president and CEO, Daniel Weiss, said Thursday.

Admission cost will still be on a volunteer basis for individuals that live in the state.

The old way of doing things had made the Met a favorite egalitarian destination for generations of art lovers, even those who could barely afford a bus ticket into town.

But the museum, which has a $305 million operating budget, registered a shortfall of about $10 million in the 2017 fiscal year. The policy change could potentially bring in enough extra money to bridge that gap in 2018.
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 Chick-Fil-A At Park Meadows Opens On A Sunday
To Feed Law Enforcement

LONE TREE, Colo. (KDVR) — Chick-Fil-A at Park Meadows Mall opened on Sunday to feed law enforcement after the deadly deputy-involved shooting in Highlands Ranch early Sunday morning.

"With heavy hearts and lots of community support three Douglas County, Jefferson County and other County officers are helping with food 400 sandwiches for first responders. Our prayers are with all that serve and their family's," the restaurant wrote on Facebook.

Deputies Michael Doyle, 28, Taylor Davis, 30, and Jeffrey Pelle, 32, and Castle Rock police officer Tom O'Donnell, 31, were injured in the incident. They are in stable condition.

Two civilians were also shot and their injuries were not life-threatening.
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Sheriff Clarke To Face Trial For Calling
A Man 'Snowflake' On Facebook

(WZ/The Hill) — Clarke Jr. will face trial for taunting a man on Facebook, USA Today reported.

Clarke is set to stand trial on Jan. 22 after he called Daniel Black a "snowflake" on Facebook. Black complained that Clarke abused his authority to harass him after an encounter on an airplane in Jan. 15, 2017.

No criminal charges were filed in the case, but Black also filed a civil rights lawsuit against Clarke. A judge on Friday dismissed many of the charges but said a jury should decide whether Clarke's Facebook posts at the time were threats or retaliation against Black.

"Cheer up, snowflake … if Sheriff Clarke were to really harass you, you wouldn't be around to whine about it," one post from Clarke said.
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Chicago Area Man Told To Stop 'slumber Parties'
For Homeless During Extreme Cold

ELGIN, Ill (NBC-5) — A suburban Chicago resident who was offering up "slumber parties" in his basement for homeless people in his neighborhood during dangerously cold weather says city officials have given him an ultimatum.

Stop the "slumber parties" or the house will be condemned.

Greg Schiller, of Elgin, said he began letting a group of homeless people sleep in his unfinished basement last month during brutally cold nights, offering them food, warm beverages and a cot to sleep on while watching movies.

"I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them," he said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were allowed inside his residence during the evening events.

Last winter, Schiller offered up his garage to area homeless, but said he was told he could no longer do so after EMTs were called to help a man with a heart condition. That’s when he had the idea to move them to his basement – complete with all the activities needed to consider them simply “slumber parties.”
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Snatched By Hungry Eagle,
Little Dog Lives To Bark The Tale

BOWMANSTOWN, PA (AP News) — Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister's little white dog from her yard, flapped its massive wings and disappeared over the trees. Did he really just see that?

He had. Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was gone, taken by a hungry raptor Tuesday afternoon not 50 feet from his sister's house on the banks of the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, Rodriguez said.

"It seemed like something from the 'Wizard of Oz,'" he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I'm a city boy. This doesn't happen in my world." Even more astonishing: Zoey would live to bark the tale.

More on that later. But first, let it be said that eagles are quite capable of taking a small dog or a cat.

“It has been documented before, but not that often,” said Laurie Goodrich, a biologist at nearby Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a ridgetop preserve that annually records tens of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles and falcons.
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 Somali Immigrant Allegedly Tried To Rape
Woman In Labor

ROME (The DC) — A Somali immigrant allegedly tried to rape a woman while she was in labor at a hospital in Rome, according to a Tuesday report.

Alμ Abdella, 38, has been accused of sexual violence and theft by attempting to rape an unidentified woman, 43, while she was in labor at the Sant'Eugenio Hospital in Rome, reported Italian outlet Il Libero Quotidianno. Abdella allegedly stole and donned a green hospital uniform, entered the woman's hospital room, and began groping her thigh and masturbating in front of her, reported La Stampa.

The woman began screaming, alerting hospital staff who called the police, accoring to Abdella, who has been living in Italy for the past five years and has a history of crime, was arrested Dec. 31 by the Epozione police department.

Abdella's first trial has been scheduled for Jan. 10. The defense team is calling for a psychiatrist's report.
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 Broadway Legend Ben Vereen Accused Of Sexually Assaulting And Harassing Actresses With Erection

(NY Daily News) — When Ben Vereen held auditions for "Hair" at a community theatre in Florida in 2015, the Tony winner said he wanted to break new ground with the rock musical.

But in a sickening twist, several young actresses cast in the show claim the Broadway legend's sexually abusive behavior nearly broke them.

The women – part of the Venice Theatre production outside of Tampa – say Vereen forced unwanted kisses, hugged them aggressively, stripped naked during an acting exercise and made degrading comments about their weight, sex appeal and personal lives.

Two of the actresses told the Daily News that Vereen lured them to his Florida rental home on separate occasions in September 2015 under the guise of "private rehearsals." Then he pressed his erect penis into their legs without warning.
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 16-Year-Old Allegedly Killed Parents, Sister,
Family Friend Minutes Before New Year

LONG BRANCH, NJ (ABC News) — Minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve, a 16-year-old boy allegedly used a semi-automatic rifle owned by a family member to shoot and kill his parents, sister and a family friend inside the parents' home in a coastal city in southern New Jersey, the county prosecutor said.

The teen, whose name has not been released, is in police custody in connection with the shooting deaths of his father, Steven Kologi, 44; mother, Linda Kologi, 42; sister, Brittany Kologi, 18; and a family friend, Mary Schultz, 70, who was residing at the Kologi home in Long Branch, New Jersey, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni and a statement from his office.

The teen's brother and grandfather apparently escaped harm. They "thankfully left the home and came out OK," Gramiccioni said at a press conference Monday morning.
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PetSmart Employee Attacked By Pit Bull Being Groomed

HYANNIS, MA (CBS) — A Cape Cod PetSmart employee was seriously injured when a dog being groomed attacked her.

Barnstable Police say the 22-year-old woman was grooming the pit bull mix at the Hyannis store when he bit down on her arm. The dog would not let go despite air horns and a special spray being used.

The victim suffered severe wounds to her torso, wrist and hand. She was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and later flown to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for treatment.

She told police the dog was wearing a muzzle when his owner brought him in to be groomed Wednesday morning. According to the police report, the owner said the dog was "as sweet as can be" and was wearing the muzzle because he had previously attacked another dog.

The victim told the owner that it was store policy to remove the muzzle in the grooming area.
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Couple Nabbed For X-Rated Romp In Texas Eatery

(Smoking Gun) — A Texas couple celebrated New Year's early by engaging in oral sex while seated at a booth in an Austin restaurant, an act that was witnessed by other diners, according to a court filing.

Police charged Jonathan Hightower, 31, and Lashanda Fisher, 28, with public lewdness in connection with their alleged carnal encounter last Saturday evening at the Baby Acapulco eatery in Austin.

Hightower and Fisher are pictured in the above mug shots taken following their December 30 arrest.

Cops summoned to the Mexican restaurant around 10:25 PM were told by a manager that two customers had been "engaged in oral sex at a booth inside the business in front of customers." The couple, the worker added, had left the restaurant and were at an adjacent gas station.
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 Social Media, LGBT Community Excited By
Pallic Whitening Fad

BANGKOK (AFP) — A Bangkok clinic that has drawn 100 men a month to its penis whitening service has caused a stir in Thailand, with social media users both baffled and alarmed by the phallic fad.

The Lelux Hospital, renowned for its body whitening expertise in a country obsessed with skin colour, began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago after a male customer complained of "dark parts" on his groin.

"These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day," Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelux Hospital told AFP.

The procedure, which uses laser whitening, got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday (Jan 4) after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.
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