Making Headlines the Hard Way

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Lots of newscasts feature a lot of live action, but not this kind of action.

Sweden's SVT news learned the hard way that nothing spices up a late-night news update like a little adult entertainment.

It seems a raunchy porn tape was visible on a monitor in the background of a 5-minute broadcast at midnight — much to the chagrin of station management, The Daily Mail reports.

"This is highly embarrassing and unfortunate," news director Per Yng said. "It must not happen again."

But at least they know people were watching.

Viewers no doubt took notice when they spied explicit scenes from a Czech porn movie on a monitor behind anchor Peter Dahlgren. The screen, which normally shows other news channels during broadcasts, was settled among many on the wall of a control room that served as a backdrop for the shot.

Unfortunately for the folks at SVT, an earlier crew had tuned into cable channel Canal Plus, which frequently features porn after midnight, but they forgot to switch it back to something a little less titillating, Yng Said.

By the time a producer spotted the smut and turned the monitor off, it was too late.

Yng said there had been no complaints from viewers about the bawdy broadcast, but there was "enormous interest from the media."

Don't You Hate It When 'The Man' Tries to Keep You Dressed?

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Complaints about young people who spend time in downtown Brattleboro naked have prompted the Select Board to explore an anti-nudity ordinance.

Groups of young people have been congregating in a downtown parking lot and enjoying the warm summer weather without clothing, and that bothers some local residents.

"A parking lot is not a strip club. It's a parking lot," resident Theresa Toney told the Select Board last week.

She said she has seen repeated instances of naked people hanging out downtown.

"This is a problem. What about children seeing this?" Toney asked.

Vermont has no law against nudity, though some cities and towns ban it by ordinance.

News that the Select Board had asked Town Attorney Robert Fisher to research a possible local ordinance drew a protest of sorts Friday, as five young men gathered downtown and stripped their clothes off in protest.

"There's no real valid way to justify the banning of nakedness," said one of the men, Adhi Palar, between licks on his clarinet.

"Nakedness does not violate any human rights whatsoever."

With no law to enforce, Police Chief John Martin was taking a laid-back approach.

"What's the harm?" Martin asked. "It's a problem to the extent that it bothers people, but we've always had it here.

"We get calls and we check out what's going on. Even though there's often no criminal violation, we want to be sure there isn't a confrontation. Or that someone is not emotionally disturbed."

A criminal charge might result if the nudity is sexual in nature, with the purpose of "gratification or the intent of arousing oneself or another," Martin said.

Nudity has put the town in the headlines before. A group of women held "Breast Fest" in Brattleboro in the early 1990s, marching down Main Street with no clothing above the waist.

And Now This From the Art-Imitating-Annoyance Deptartment

NEW YORK (New York Post) — Move over, Spider-Man, there's a new web slinger in town.

A New York artist is hitting the streets of Manhattan by night to weave multicolored rubber-band "webs" on stairs, parks, scaffolding — and even the entrance to a subway station.

Jasmine Zimmerman, 25, is always scouring for sites for her installations.

"I don't really plan, I just kind of carry my stuff all around with me," she said.

And when she finds a nice spot, she gets to work, connecting the bands to fences, handrails, light poles — whatever will hold them up.

"I want it to become a performance where the pedestrian is the performer," she said.

Earlier this month, Zimmerman got her wish when she covered the stairs to the Essex Street subway station with her stretchy strips at around 1:30 a.m. People leaving the station were forced to dodge, dip, and duck around her installation, which was stretched vertically over the stairs.

"That's what I'm interested in, how people choose to walk through the space," she said.

All Right Everybody This Is a Holdup ... Um ... Just Kidding!

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — A man mistook a municipal building in southern Austria for a bank and tried to rob it early Tuesday, police said.

The 34-year-old man thought a municipal building in the southern village of Poggersdorf was a bank because it had an ATM in the lobby, said Hermann Klammer, head of the criminal division at Carinthia province's police department.

The man fled the building after a woman he allegedly threatened with an air gun told him she had no money and that he had made a mistake, Klammer said.

"At first, I thought he was making a bad joke," Austrian broadcaster ORF quoted the woman, Helga Aichwalder, as saying.

The man, who is from Carinthia but was not identified by name, was arrested shortly after the incident and has admitted the act, Klammer said.

"This is an extremely odd case. I've never come across anything like this," Klammer said.

Slow and Steady Gets You Stuck in a Chain-Link Dog Kennel

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Willy the tortoise made a break for freedom — well, break may be too strong a word. It was more like a slow crawl. But after a month on the lam, the 40-pound tortoise with a 2-foot-wide, gold-colored shell is back in the wading pool at his owner's home.

Kellie Copeland-Burnup reported the tortoise escaped about July 1.

A local emergency medical services technician spotted Willy on Sunday along a rural road about five miles away. During six weeks on the run, Willy averaged .005 mph, well short of a new land speed record.

The tortoise is now inside a chain-link dog kennel in Copeland-Burnup's back yard although she knows he is capable of digging under a fence.

"I'll be keeping an eye on him," Copeland-Burnup said.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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