College students sold on stripper poles

Summer is fast coming to end, and it's the time of year when our nation's youth begin heading back to college with a packing list that most likely includes the usual items — laptops, iPods, backpacks.

Now one company wants our best and brightest to bring one more thing back to school: A portable stripper pole.

Long standard equipment at naughty nightspots across the country, stripper poles lately have become somewhat of celebrity fitness fad, with the likes of Paris Hilton and Carmen Electra installing them in their Hollywood homes.

Now a Fresno, Calif.-based company called Lil' Mynx is marketing their line of adult entertainment accessories to college students for installation in their dorm rooms and frat houses.

They claim business is booming for the poles, which sell for $299 each.

What's more, company founder Randy Blacker says that his stripper poles aren't just for kinky coeds. "We've sold [them] to quite a few guys that use it for triatholon training because it's a good core-body strength builder," he told MSNBC this week.

Those must be the same guys who read Playboy for the articles.

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Good Samaritan Sues Over Prostitution Arrest

It was 8 a.m. when she and her husband, Erasmo, dropped their 6-year-old daughter off at school and had picked up their 22-year-old daughter to go out for breakfast when they saw the woman waving her arms at 53rd and Kedzie last November.

The Palacioses, of Chicago, claim the woman approached their car, parked outside Manolo’s restaurant, leaned in to the passenger side where Rocio was sitting and asked Erasmo if he wanted oral sex for $20 or sex for $25.

The couple laughed, realizing this wasn’t a woman in distress after all.

But within seconds, Chicago Police swarmed the family car, hauling Erasmo Palacios out in handcuffs. He was charged with solicitation of a prostitute.

His daughter, who had just run in to exchange her coffee for a hot chocolate, screamed, while his wife cried in fear.

Eight hours later, Palacios, who has no criminal record, was released from custody. And weeks later, charges against him were dropped.

Now, Erasmo Palacios is suing the city and the officers involved in his arrest, saying they violated his civil rights during an incident he described as both frightening and ridiculous.

“I’m so lucky I was with my wife -- imagine if I had to try to tell her and she wasn’t with me,” he said, before laughing at the image. “She’d never believe me. Never.”

A Chicago Police report offers few details, saying only that it was Erasmo Palacios who asked for sex, never mentioning his wife in the car or his daughter nearby.

Attorneys Lonny Ben Ogus and Joe Cavanaugh also want to know what happened to the family’s 1983 Mercedes. It was impounded that November day and, Palacios said, his wife and daughter were even threatened with arrest as they tried to stop police from taking it, as they were left stranded that morning.

The city wants more than $4,700 in towing and storage fees if he wants the car back.

City officials declined to comment on the status of the family’s car and the Palacios case, while the undercover female officer involved in the arrest couldn’t be reached.

Political Stripper

It has been revealed that a respected female town councillor in Bideford, Devon, has a rather unorthodox sideline - in her spare time she works as a stripper and sex chat line operator.

According to The Sun, Myrna Bushell, 38, has no plans to quit local politics or her steamy sidelines after hitting the headlines when three of her colleagues quit the council after learning of her alternative career.

Myrna is better known among certain sectors of the West Country as Jessica, The Devon Lady Kissogram, Strippogram & Stripper Entertainer.

"My kissogram acts are tasteful," she says. "I put shaving foam on my cleavage and rub my boobs in their face. Yes, I do take off all my clothes but it's only for a couple of minutes. Anyway, there is so much shaving foam that they can't see everything anyway."

She said her only bad experience was when a partygoer threw up all over her when he got a mouthful of foam.

Morro Bay armed robbery arrest involving stripper

Two men are arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Morro Bay involving a stripper.

Police arrested Aaron Phillips and Ernesto Pacheco late Saturday night.

On July 15, two men staying at the Best Western Hotel on Main Street in Morro Bay hired a stripper. Hours after her performance, the suspects forced their way into the same room with guns, broke one victim's nose and stole their cash.

A few days after the incident, 25-year-old Rosemary Grace of Cambria was arrested for driving the getaway car.

The alleged stripper, 49-year-old Barbara Bowden Degennaro, was also arrested.

Investigators are trying to determine if this robbery is related to a similar one in San Luis Obispo.

Deputies: Dancer broke into training building

ORANGE - It was a 22-year-old intoxicated dancer, not a black-clad burglar, who deputies found on the roof of the Sheriff's Department Katella Avenue training facility when they were called in Friday morning to deal with a burglar alarm. And she refused to come down – until firefighters arrived.

Sheriff's deputies said they didn't know exactly how Nyomi Priscilla Fernandez got up on the roof of the two-story building about 4 a.m. – but she did.

And they didn't know exactly how she broke into the training facility and dropped in for a visit – but she did, destroying an air-conditioning unit and a security camera along the way, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

And when firefighters and deputies finally got Fernandez off the roof, she filled them in.

She had been drinking at a local bar, Amormino said, and when she had a few too many, she went looking for a police officer to help her. Fernandez showed up at the training center at 1900 W. Katella Ave., and thinking it was a police station, tried to find an officer to help her, Amormino said.

She worked her way around the building, rattling the doors trying to get inside, Amormino said. And when that didn't stop her, she headed for the roof, broke in and wandered around the building, Amormino said. The break-in triggered a silent alarm.

But finding no one inside, Fernandez climbed back out on the roof – and that's where deputies found her, standing on the roof and refusing to come down.

"I really thought I had seen everything by now," Amormino said. "But I never expected to see this."

Fernandez was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and trespassing and is being held at the Central Women's Jail.

Mom tries to prostitute 2 year old baby

Barcelona - Spanish police have detained a 33-year-old woman who allegedly tried to prostitute her two-year-old daughter at a brothel, police said on Wednesday.

The unidentified woman was arrested in Sitges outside Barcelona on Monday after the brothel's owner told police she had offered her child for sex in exchange for cash.

The woman, who also has a seven-year-old son, was in possession of cocaine at the time of her arrest.

She told police she needed money because she was separated from the father of her two children and he had not been giving her money to help feed them.

Police are investigating whether it was the first time the woman had tried to prostitute her daughter.

Authorities have placed the children under the care of their father.

Stripper law may go to voters

COLUMBUS — Citizens for Community Standards continues to collect 8,000 to 9,000 petition signatures every day, with the goal of gathering 450,000 so that they easily clear the required 241,366 valid voter signatures needed to put a repeal of Ohio's new stripper law on the November ballot, said lobbyist Neil Clark.

The law is scheduled to take effect Sept. 3 but will likely be blocked once signatures are turned in, said Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Then county boards of elections have 10 days to check signatures and report back to Brunner's office. If Citizens for Community Standards lacks enough valid signatures, it has 10 more days to collect enough.

The five-member Ohio Ballot Board on Thursday approved language for State Issue 1, in anticipation that it'll make the ballot. The measure would ask voters if the law should take effect.

Citizens for Community Standards wants voters to repeal a law adopted earlier this year by the General Assembly that restricts adult entertainment businesses including strip clubs, peep shows and adult bookstores.

The law would force many such operations to close between midnight and 6 a.m. and institute a no-touch rule between strippers and patrons.

While Citizens for Community Standards wants voters to repeal the law, Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values wants the law to take effect.

Each side wrote a 300-word argument on why voters should see it their way. Voters who read both arguments may wonder if they're talking about the same law.

CCS: "Here's what's really going on: Ohio's self-appointed morality police want to close down adult businesses because they don't like them. ... This law is so extreme that if a customer and dancer just shake hands, they both could go to jail for 30 days."

CCV: "A YES vote on Issue 1 keeps a law on the books that protects families and communities. Statewide polls prove it: Ohioans want common-sense, protective regulations on sex businesses. ... It's time to stop letting the Larry Flynts of the world dictate our community standards."

Ex-stripper dreams to be reinstated as police trainee denied

The NSW Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed her challenge to a February 2007 decision by the Industrial Court of NSW, which rejected her bid to have earlier court orders varied.

In 1999, the Industrial Relations Commission overturned a decision that gave the Police Commissioner the go-ahead to sack Ms Hollingsworth for failing to reveal her past as a prostitute and stripper when she applied to be a policewoman.

It ordered the police commissioner to include Ms Hollingsworth, then 32, in the next intake of police recruits, and to pay her $35,000 compensation.

In dismissing her challenge yesterday, Justice Kenneth Handley, sitting with Chief Justice Jim Spiegelman and Justice Keith Mason, said those orders were not carried out, as the position of student police officer had been abolished in the meantime.

The parties then came to an agreement that would enable Ms Hollingsworth to qualify for appointment as a probationary constable.

"She undertook not to enforce the orders if the commissioner performed his obligations under the agreement. But if he did not do so, her right to enforce them would not be waived," Justice Handley said.

But despite a number of attempts, Ms Hollingsworth failed to qualify for appointment as a probationary constable.

"It has not been suggested that this was due to any fault or neglect on her part, or on the part of the commissioner," the judge said.

Ms Hollingsworth unsuccessfully went to the Industrial Commission, which rejected her bid for a variance on the ground that there was no power to reopen those orders.

Justice Handley said the variations sought would have significantly changed the substance of the earlier orders.

"The practice of the Industrial Court and its predecessor has been to treat its orders as entered immediately they are pronounced orally in open court," he said.

"Whether this practice should continue or an alternative such as automatic deferred entry should be introduced is a matter for the Industrial Court."

In dismissing the application, the judge rejected a submission that the Industrial Court had an implied power to hear her case as it was the court of last resort.

Pasadena Strippers Charged With 'Excessive Nudity'

(AP) PASADENA, Calif. More than a dozen performers at an adult club in Pasadena had to take an unscheduled break late Friday when police cited them during a surprise inspection.

Pasadena police say the 14 performers at Pleasure's Gentlemen's Club were engaging in excessive nudity and illegal contact with patrons.

The performers were cited at the club and released.

Some 70 patrons were at the club when authorities arrived at 9:45 p.m .

Investigators from the city's fire, health and alcohol beverage control departments participated in the inspection.

Police say no other criminal violations were found.

The club was allowed to reopen after the inspection. It's operators may face an administrative review by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Police Find Severed Hand Named 'Freddy' in Jar at Goth Stripper's N.J. Home

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. — An exotic dancer who decorated her home with skulls and a severed hand has been arrested and charged with improper disposition of human remains, authorities said.

Police responding to a report Friday of a suicidal person at the home of 31-year-old Linda Kay discovered a large, crudely severed human hand in a mason jar of formaldehyde on the dresser of Kay's basement bedroom, according to the police report.

While the subject of the initial phone call was not located in the home, authorities found six skulls in an upstairs room. The Middlesex County medical examiner has determined all are human.

While human skulls may be purchased online, the origin of the hand is more troubling. The police report states it was severed roughly, not surgically, with bone fragments in the jar.

Kay was arrested and charged Friday afternoon in South Plainfield Municipal Court, where she faces arraignment at 9 a.m. Wednesday. As of early Tuesday, no lawyer had filed papers on her behalf, a court administrator said.

Kay could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Two people who knew Kay, including one who stayed at her house for about two months earlier this year, told The Star-Ledger of Newark for that the hand, which Kay nicknamed "Freddy," was a gift from a medical student who frequented the Union strip club where she dances. At the all-nude juice bar called Hott 22, Kay nurtured her Gothic persona, wearing dark costumes, heavy eyeliner, piercings and tattoos.

Kay's mother told the newspaper that her daughter had always been fascinated with the macabre. As a girl she found and collected animal skulls and snake skeletons. Patricia Ann Kay said her daughter purchased the human skulls from a mail order catalog.

"She has a flair for the dramatic," her mother told the newspaper for Tuesday's editions. "I have never tried to stop my children from doing whatever they want. As long as they are happy, aren't hurting anyone, and it's keeping them out of the poor house."

A South Plainfield Judge released Kay from custody Friday on $100,000 bail.