November 17, 2017

Stove Top, the turkey-­stuffing maker, sold ­elastic-waistband pants to make it more comfortable to overeat at Thanksgiving. The $19.98 pants feature a stuffing-motif cummerbund that will expand to twice its original size over the wearer's abdomen. They're already sold out, but those who were lucky enough to purchase the limited-edition pants will be able to "enjoy more of Thanksgiving in comfort and style," Stove Top said. The Week Staff

November 10, 2017

A Virginia woman has been fired from her job because she gave the finger to President Trump's motorcade while cycling. After photos of Juli Briskman, 50, flipping off the passing motorcade went viral on Twitter and Facebook, her bosses at Akima LLC, a government contractor, told her she had made an "obscene" gesture on social media that could hurt their business. The Week Staff

November 10, 2017

A private school in Miami is offering parents a $120 bulletproof plate to fit inside their child's backpack. The flexible panel can stop most handgun bullets and weighs only 1 pound, says chief of security George Gulla of Florida Christian School. "I'd rather be prepared for the worst than be stuck after saying, 'Wow, I wish we would’ve done that,'" Gulla explained. "We want to protect our students' center mass." The Week Staff

October 27, 2017
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A Colorado Cub Scout has been kicked out of his den for asking a state senator why she backed a bill that would let domestic violence offenders buy guns. At the time, GOP State Sen. Vicki Marble praised Ames Mayfield, 11, for his "thorough" questioning. But later, the den leader told Mayfield's mother the question was too political, and the boy was no longer welcome. "I don't feel I did anything wrong," Mayfield says. The Week Staff

October 20, 2017
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A Mississippi school district has removed Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird from its eighth-grade curriculum because it "makes people uncomfortable." The book is a harrowing tale of racial injustice in a 1950's Southern town. James LaRue of the American Library Association objected to the removal, saying that the "classic" novel "makes us uncomfortable because it talks about things that matter." The Week Staff

September 15, 2017

An entire Iraqi-American family was arrested in Wichita, Kansas, after the father tried to deposit a large check from the sale of their home. Sattar Ali supplied verification documents while depositing the $151,000 check, but bank officials had him arrested and handcuffed. Police also detained his weeping wife, 15-year-old daughter, and 11-year-old son. "I would expect this in the 1950s," said Ali, an engineer who moved to the U.S. in 1993, "not now." The Week Staff

September 8, 2017

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered a sheep-farming couple to have their dogs surgically "debarked." Karen Szewc and John Updegraff had already been ordered to pay $238,000 compensation to neighbors for the loud barking of their six sheepdogs, but now the court is requiring vocal-cord surgery. "We do not have the dogs to harass our neighbors," said Szewc. "We have the dogs to protect our sheep." The Week Staff

September 1, 2017

The National Rifle Association hosted a "concealed-­carry" fashion show in Milwaukee, featuring accessories designed for quick gun access. Along with holsters and purses, the show's models wore products that allow gun owners to hide weapons in shoulder bags, corsets, and underwear. The NRA said it will "pull out all the stops" to promote gun ownership. The Week Staff

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