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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marilyn Monroe’s rear is getting some leers in Connecticut.
A 26-foot statue of the actress has been placed in a Stamford park across the street from a church, which is getting a full view of her behind. It depicts the famous scene from 1955′s “The Seven Year Itch” where Monroe holds down her white dress as air blows up from a subway grate.
The back of the statue showing her underwear is clearly visible from the front of the First Congregational Church of Stamford. Some passersby this week said it was disrespectful to the church.
Most church members have yet to see the statue because it was put up Monday as part of a citywide art display. But it is sure to spark conversation when they return for Sunday worship, said church member Maureen Matthews.
“I think some people will be offended,” said Matthews, who is not bothered by the statue. “It is silly. There are bigger issues to worry about. But I’ll be interested to see how people talk about it on Sunday.”
“Forever Marilyn” is one of 36 statues by artist Seward Johnson that are on loan and on display in the downtown area through the summer. They’re part of the city’s annual “Art in Public Spaces” program. All the statues except Marilyn are life-size and depict people doing everyday activities.
City resident Lorri Tamburro told The Advocate newspaper that she found it disturbing to see children climbing on the statue’s leg and looking up the skirt.
“I just find the position to be offensive,” she said. “It was, in my eyes, very disrespectful. I looked at it and I think because of what I saw with all these little kids looking up, the height is ruining it. It’s ruining beautiful Marilyn.”
The response to Marilyn and the other statues has been overwhelmingly positive, said Sandy Goldstein, president of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, which is hosting the exhibit along with sponsors including real estate finance firm UC Funds.
Goldstein noted there are many nude statues outdoors in Europe — and near churches — that are accepted by the public.
“It is art and we don’t believe it is offensive,” she said. “We absolutely mean no disrespect to the church.”
The Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman, pastor of the First Congregational Church, has a sense of humor about the statue, but said it was an odd artistic choice.
“The issue is, Why that statue,” he said in an email to The Associated Press. “Marilyn Monroe was an artist deserving our respect. Why appropriate her image in this way. Is this the best we can do?”
He said he heard Monroe’s husband at the time of “The Seven Year Itch,” baseball star Joe DiMaggio, was uncomfortable with her shooting the subway vent scene.
“Maybe the city would let us give her some pants?” Yonkman said.

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NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say they found a lost pet pig wandering near a local Dunkin' Donuts and nicknamed it "Pork Roll."
Neptune Township police said Wednesday they got a call over the recent holiday weekend concerning a pig wandering around the doughnuts and coffee chain store.
The department jokes an officer was able to "catch the well-fed hog and take him into custody for questioning and to provide him with a job application as our new mascot" before transferring him to the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Officials say Pork Roll's owner picked him up from the agency.
 
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia mom who threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom for her son last year is throwing a "Black Panther"-themed prom this year complete with an actual black panther.
Saudia Shuler tells WPVI-TV she had a contest this year that asked kids in her North Philadelphia neighborhood to send their report cards and essays explaining why they deserved to have an epic prom send-off.
She had planned to have one winner but ended up picking 24.
Schuler's celebration Wednesday had African dancers and people wearing custom costumes based on the "Black Panther" movie. She dressed as Queen Mother Ramonda, a character portrayed in the film by actress Angela Bassett.
Schuler says neighbors and friends helped pitch in for the undisclosed price of the celebration, described as costing in the six figures.

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(TBO.com) HOLIDAY — Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested the man accused of driving a stolen vehicle Friday morning and got a surprise when they approached him: a Capuchin monkey named Monk was clinging to the driver's chest.
Cody Blake Hession, 23, of Holly Hill, was arrested after authorities said he drove a stolen vehicle from St. Petersburg into a ditch in Holiday.
As Hession was fleeing the scene, deputies stopped him and found Hession with the monkey, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Hession said he got the monkey in South Carolina four years ago, according to deputies. He did not have a exotic animal permit for the monkey, prompting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to take possession of it, authorities said.
Hession will be transported to the Land O' Lakes Detention Center. Monk will be transported to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor.

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Pencils, tweezers and hair pins were discovered inside a female inmate this week, according to a Georgia sheriff's office. 
The writing utensils were captured in a snap the Oconee County Sheriff's Office put on Facebook Thursday. 
"This morning a female inmate came to us from Emmanuel County State Pen," the sheriff's office said. "Per policy we searched her and pulled this out of her, uhhhh birth canal."
Seven pairs of tweezers and bobby pins were also discovered, the office added. 
In the comments section, the sheriff's office explained how the objects may be used.
"Bobbie pins and tweezers can be improvised into tools to open handcuffs," it explained. "Pens and pencils and markers??? Cause she could I guess."
It also took time to respond to multiple commenters.
One person said in part, "I've worked around jails and prisons. I've never heard of a black market for pencils." The sheriff's office chimed in, "They are used for tattoos as well......mix the lead with spit or water, and you can knock out a prison tat."
Another Facebook user called the post "about as inappropriate a post by a public servant as I've seen."
"Can't please everyone," the sheriff's office said. 
A different user asked about pencils being forbidden. The person said, "Are pencils contraband?"
"Yes, jail issue pens only...the aren't good for stabbing," the sheriff's office answered. 
A separate commenter asked about the cavity search that was performed. "Is that usually a place you search?!?!" the person said.
"Every time!!!" the sheriff's office exclaimed.

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Fremont, Calif. - A call came in to police just after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to report that two "black cows" were fighting in the road in Fremont, California.
The "cows" were actually bulls that belonged to a nearby rancher, according to Fremont Police Department spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
"When an active 'bullfight' comes out over the radio ... meetings take pause and everyone listens for the next update!" police said.
The owner was called to the scene to corral the bulls but was unsuccessful, she said. However, his sons soon arrived and had more luck, though not before the bulls damaged two homes.
"They broke a fence and trampled planter boxes as they ran through a front yard," said Bosques.
The rancher was issued administrative fines of $100 per bull and will be held financially responsible for repairs, she said.
"They estimated these were about 2,000 pounds each. These are not goats. these aren't sheep. That's what we are usually dealing with. We have goats and sheep that occasionally show up on the roadway or a corner. We are usually able to grab them pretty quickly and find their home," Bosques said. "The sons were able to quickly get them back to their property."
Bosques said the call was unusual (the police department tweeted that it was a call "like no-udder"), but not as unusual as one might think.

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Police in The Colony, Texas, have offered their thanks to three students over a botched prank.
The Colony Police Department said on Facebook Monday that it wanted "to thank the three students from the class of 2018 for their generous donation of toilet paper and eggs for breakfast."
The security system at The Colony High School records surveillance footage, leading to the authorities being tipped off, The Dallas Morning News reported.
"When we responded, the kids ran off, and then our orfficers found the toilet paper and cart of eggs still laying on the ground," police spokesman Rick De La Cruz told the newspaper.  
He added that police don't know when the prank was supposed to happen.
Police also had a message for the students as part of the Facebook post.
"We were sorry to see that you ran away before we could thank you in person," it said. "May your life after graduation go better than this prank."
The Facebook post has received more than 3,300 reactions. 

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June 8 (UPI) -- A surprised Alaska family captured video of the unusual visitor that crashed a 14-year-old's birthday party -- a moose in the mood for a swim.
The video, recorded in the back yard of a Palmer resident's home, shows the moose swimming around in the family's pool before getting out of the water and shaking itself off.
The filmer said the moose showed up during a party.
"A young bull moose crashed my son's 14th birthday party in our backyard. He Splashed around and kicked at the equipment and toys. We carried on with the birthday party in the safety of the deck while the moose played for about 30 minutes, then walked back into the woods," the filmer wrote.

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June 8 (UPI) -- Crews repairing a hole that opened up in a Florida road made an unexpected discovery -- a historic brick road and a terracotta drainage structure.
The Oviedo Historical Society said crews repairing the hole that opened Sunday in State Road 434 in Seminole County started digging at the site and discovered the previously unknown road and structure.
The Florida Department of Transportation, which started managing the roadway in the 1950s, said the brick road and drainage structure don't show up on any of its local records or maps.
The Oviedo Historical Society said photos show a dirt road in the location in the late 1800s. Desta Horner, the society's vice president, said the brick road was likely used by farmers in the 1920s.
"Now, whether the layer of brick went through all the way to Sanford, there's some proof that it did," Horner told WKMG-TV. "There's some proof of other brick like this, by Layer Elementary and farther down SR 419."
The Historical Society is collecting bricks and other artifacts from the road and structure, while FDOT officials said they hope to have repair work completed by Saturday.

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June 8 (UPI) -- A New Jersey-based pizza chain is offering affianced couples the chance to be the first to sport some unusual new accessories -- a pizza bouquet and boutonniere.
Villa Italian Kitchen announced that it is holding a contest for engaged couples to receive the pizzeria's bouquets and boutonnieres for use in their weddings.
The floral-esque arrangements are made from pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and pepperoni. The restaurant said it enlisted the help of New York food stylist Jessie Bearden to hand-craft each piece.
The pizza chain said entries, which can be submitted on its website, are open through June 15, but participants must have their weddings planned for prior to Sept. 30.


 

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