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Grapevine: Town repeals ban against saggy pants

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Belts Optional

It is once again legal to wear saggy pants in Ocala, Florida.

The town repealed its ban after the NAACP threatened legal action.

Last month, the city council voted to ban pants that sit two inches or more below the waistline exposing underwear or one's backside while on any city property.

The NAACP took issue with the city dictating fashion choices, particularly one that it says encourages profiling of young black men.

Climate Strange: The Musical

The curtain has come down early on a musical your tax dollars paid for about climate change.
"The Great Immensity" was funded by a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to educate the audience about the Earth's biosphere.

But to accomplish that goal someone has to be watching.

The play opened for three weeks in New York before going on tour but then closed abruptly after its first stop reaching just five percent of its anticipated audience.

Critics and lawmakers alike were not impressed.

From the New York Daily News theater critic -- quote -- "the musical mystery tour is an uneasy mix of fact and credulity-stretching fiction. It's neither flora nor fauna."

Congressman Lamar Smith says "The Great Immensity" was a great mistake.

Quote -- "The NSF used taxpayer dollars to underwrite political advocacy dressed up as a musical."

Throwback Wednesday

And speaking of music -- a little throwback, thanks to a senator and possible presidential contender.

It turns out Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont made a little foray into music in the '80s while mayor of Burlington.

Todd R. Lockwood owned a local recording studio and came up with the idea of laying down some tracks, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Lockwood says the cassette was one of his label's best-selling of the year, due in no small part, to people purchasing them as gag gifts, he says.