The week in review: Labor Day weekend

No thermal detonators, Norwood police warnings, Gold Star chili, “Cincinnatti” and Harry Potter

A man was jailed for 82 days for bringing honey into the U.S. from Jamaica. Officials claimed the honey tested positive for liquid methamphetamine, but later tests found no evidence of the substance. The case is pending, and the man is expected to file a lawsuit (Aug. 28).

The TSA is banning Star Wars-themed Coke bottles because they look like grenades. The bottles are one of more than 1,000 different souvenirs available at the new “Galaxy’s Edge” park at Disney (Aug. 28).
The Norwood Police Department reminded citizens that there are, in fact, laws when drinking Claws. A Facebook post explained that the phrase, “Ain’t no laws when drinking Claws,” a reference to the popular hard seltzer White Claws, will not hold up in court (Aug. 28).

Workers at a Pennsylvania engineering company laid down nearly 1,400 pieces of track to race a Hot Wheels car for 2,176 feet. They submitted evidence of the feat to Guinness in hopes of gaining official world record status (Aug. 29).
Gold Star notched another victory in the Cincinnati Chili War after Food and Wine named it the best fast food in Ohio. The magazine said eating at Gold Star was “one of those weird, wonderful moments that sticks with you, in a really good way” (Aug. 29).

T-shirts commemorating the Queen City stop on KISS End of the Road tour misspelled “Cincinnatti,” tacking on an extra “t.” The shirts were being sold for $50 (Aug. 29).

The governor of New Hampshire urged the state’s DMV to allow a woman to keep her “PB4WEGO” license plate. The division had previously asked the woman to surrender her plate, despite the fact that she had used it for 15 years (Aug. 29).

A man was fined for transporting a broken car by balancing it on top of another car. He later admitted strapping the car to the roof was a “stupid thing to do” (Aug. 30).

Police in Clayton County, Georgia, were able to finally catch a serial rapist they had been hunting for years when they realized he had previously been a recruit. “Had he not attempted to join the ranks of the Clayton County Police Department, it’s questionable as to when we would have apprehended him,” said Police Chief Kevin Roberts (Aug. 31).

A nightclub in France is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two new robot pole dancers. The robots wear high heels and have CCTV cameras for heads (Sept. 1).

Pope Francis apologized to thousands of gatherers for being late for his traditional noon appointment with the public, as he had been stuck in a Vatican elevator for 25 minutes. The pontiff praised the fire fighters who rescued him, saying “Thank God the Fire Brigade came. Let’s hear it for the Fire Brigade!” (Sept.1).

A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee, has banned the popular Harry Potter book series. Pastor Dan Reehil said in an email sent to parents that “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells, which, read by a human beings, risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.” The Catholic Church has no official stance on the Harry Potter books (Sept. 2).

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