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USA: A woman has spent a night in jail — because she did not mow her lawn.

Karen Holloway spent six hours in a jail cell for failing to maintain her yard in accordance with the standards set by the city of Lenoir, Tennessee.

The saga began last summer, when she was sent a citation for her overgrown grass and shrubbery. Holloway, who works full time and has two children living at home, admits the yard needed some attention but that it just wasn’t feasible to do the work.

“The bushes and trees were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offence,” she says.

Last week, Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence to Holloway for refusing to comply with the city ordinances regarding yard maintenance. Holloway said: “It’s not right. Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who’ve done real crimes, because I haven’t maintained my yard?”

In addition to the severity of the sentence, Holloway feels she was bullied during the process because she was never read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

Holloway has now enlisted an army of friends and family to help keep her lawn shipshape. She’ll be back in court for a follow-up hearing in November to check on the progress. The judge says he could add more jail time if the city isn’t satisfied with her clean-up.

UK: Giant genitals will occupy a former public toilet in the name of art.

Two sculptures made of black velvet will be installed at the Edwardian Cloakroom in Bristol for Claudio Ahlers’ exhibition Portraits Of Private Perception.

Ahlers, together with photographers Tilly May, Virginie Noel, and Ellie Gray, will take pictures of visitors interacting with the 2.2m-tall sculptures — with one in the former ladies’ toilet and one in the men’s.

“While being photographed with the sculptures participants will be free to pose, sit, and engage with the each sculpture in whatever way they like,” said Ahlers.

“The resulting photographs should reflect intimate emotions, playful interactions, personal perceptions, and, most importantly, the depth of feelings towards the opposite sex and as well as feelings about one’s own gender.”

The artist said he hopes the photographs will reveal insights into how men and women view themselves.

“Whatever is uncovered by each photograph will hopefully go beyond ideas and cliches as embodied by, for example, swear words, derogatory language, or sexualised comedy and will instead be explored in the spirit of joy, affection, and celebration.”

China: A school in a dense urban area had a unique solution to lack of space for its running track — by putting it on the roof.

Hong Kong-based LYCS Architecture came up with the idea of projecting the 200m running track to roof level for the TianTai No 2 Primary School in China’s Zhejiang province.

USA: A teacher in Washington state has been warned not to have students spin a ‘Wheel of Misfortune’ to assign punishments for misbehaviour that included being pelted with rubber balls by fellow students, for chewing gum in class.

The Stevenson High School science teacher used the wheel to punish “low-level misconduct” instead of sending the students to lunch-time detention, Superintendent Dan Read told parents.

Results from a third-party investigation showed the teacher’s spinning punishment prop to be “inappropriate, but well-intentioned” and that the teacher did not “desire to embarrass, intimidate, or harm any student”, Read said.


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