Jan Brewer Vetoes ‘Birther Bill’ in Arizona; Livery Cab Drivers Get Bulletproof Vests; Wiffle Ball ‘Dangerous’ for Kids


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would require presidential candidates to prove they were U.S. citizens born in the U.S. before their names could appear on the state ballot. A candidate would have to show a copy of his or her birth certificate, or “a combination of baptismal or circumcision records, hospital birth files, postpartum medical records or other documents” if a birth certificate could not be produced. The bill was approved in the state House last week but won’t become law unless Brewer’s veto is overridden. Arizona State Rep. Carl See authored the bill, which he says is not about Barack Obama but aimed at “maintaining the integrity of the Constitution.” [CNN]

The Ohio air traffic controller who was caught watching a Samuel L. Jackson movie when he was supposed to be working has been suspended. This comes after 5 cases of air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job. [Guardian]

475,321 pieces of litter, an all-time high, was picked up from the Jersey shore last year. Along with random bits and pieces of plastic, there was a gas tank, a small baggie of heroin, plastic fingernails, an unopened census, a scooter…and more! [NBC NY]

Livery cab drivers are getting bulletproof vests for their protection. [NYP]

New York state officials have deemed kids’ games like freeze tag, Wiffle Ball, kickball, dodgeball, and capture the flag to be potentially dangerous to children. Any program that offers two or more organized recreational activities — at least one of them “risky,” like the above — is technically a summer camp and subject to state regulation, according to new rules.

R.I.P. Grete Waitz, the female Norwegian runner who ran her first marathon in 1978, setting a world best at 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 30 seconds. She has died of cancer at the age of 57. [NYT]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 19, 2011

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