An Idaho art gallery owner has run afoul of the law by serving alcohol during a burlesque show. The owner of Visual Arts Collective in Garden City, Idaho, was fined after two undercover police officers were served alcohol during the show—a violation of an Idaho statute that bans alcohol where “indecent activities” are taking place, according to Courthouse News.
The intrepid crime-fighters observed that “the employees of the Visual Arts Collective did nothing to prevent the exposure to viewing by others of the portion of some of the female performers’ breasts below the top of the areola or the cleft of their buttock in violation of Idaho Code Section 23-614,” according to court documents. The venue settled in court, paying a $8,000 fine, reports Boise Public Radio.
But the good people of Idaho may yet have to face the dangerous combination of partial breast exposure and alcohol: McDonald and the ACLU are suing the state, claiming that the statute is obscure and violates her first amendment rights.
“The whole artistic process has been a journey of self-discovery, of acceptance, of being able to share with other people who want to come on this journey—meaning the audience—and the [fact that] that is not OK is upsetting,” McDonald told BPR.
According to the owner of the establishment, the problem has since been resolved.
Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’
In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.
Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."
BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’
On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.
In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."
Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today
On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.
This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.