Mar. 30 Only in America

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Nudist campground searching for clothing-optional lifeguard

FOSTER, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island nudist campground is looking for a lifeguard, and the uniform is cheap: nothing. The Providence Journal newspaper reports Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds’ help wanted notice for a lifeguard this summer says qualified candidates must have “excellent communication skills” and the ability to “work as part of a team.” Campground president Jim Johnson says the lifeguard can wear a swimsuit but it’s not necessary. The campground offers swimming, hiking, volleyball and a sauna for people who aren’t afraid to bare it all. Johnson says there’s “really no difference” between the Dyer Woods camp in Foster and a regular campground. He says “it’s a family campground and people just show up to relax.” Johnson says once people try going au naturel in nature they’ll “fall in love with it.”

Steven Spielberg takes pass on having burger named after him

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg has a beef with the Carl’s Jr. The hamburger chain wanted to rename its charbroiled slider a “SpielBurger.” It tried to deliver samples to Spielberg’s office and even left a note on his car. Spielberg’s production company released a short video on its Twitter feed in which Spielberg said the burgers are “pretty good,” but “cease and desist” from naming them after him. Carl’s Jr. was excited that Spielberg responded and said he liked the sliders.

First rule of weekend debate championship: No men allowed

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Here’s the first rule of a North American debate tournament to be held in Vermont this weekend: No men allowed. Some 150 women debaters from 18 schools across the U.S. and Canada will compete in the special tournament, which is designed to be a safe space for women who complain of bias when they debate against men. Although some men will be allowed to serve as judges, organizers say the tournament at the University of Vermont offers women a chance to hone their speaking and arguing skills and gain confidence and friends without being subject to sexism. UVM debate director Helen Morgan-Parmett says the tournament provides a safe space where “people feel they are debating other women, and their bodies aren’t necessarily on display.”

Labor unrest mars countdown to Pilgrims’ 400th anniversary

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life at the time of the Pilgrims has reopened for the season with no end in sight for a yearlong labor impasse. Since Plimoth Plantation closed for the winter after Thanksgiving, museum management has withdrawn its recognition of the union. Federal labor regulators have become involved and the largest teachers union in the state has asked its members to reconsider field trips to the Plymouth museum. The dispute comes as the museum prepares for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ 1620 arrival in the New World in two years. Union representatives say workers want better job security, pay and safety, which in turn would enhance the visitor experience. Management says it withdrew recognition of the union because that’s what most workers wanted.

Dog missing for 3 years reunites with owner via traffic stop

BALTIMORE (AP) — Harley the German shepherd started out a K-9-in-training before his sheriff’s deputy partner got injured and a woman bought him — but then he got stolen. Three years later, another officer has reunited him with the woman whom he hadn’t seen since he was taken from her backyard. WJZ-TV reports a Howard County, Maryland, police officer found Harley during a traffic stop Sunday. The car’s occupants told Officer Sarah Miller they found him running in the road in Baltimore. County animal control officials scanned the dog for a microchip and found a match: the woman, who had bought him from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office as a puppy and had him until he was stolen in July 2015. She hadn’t stopped looking for him, and Wednesday, they were finally reunited.

GOP incumbent, accuser at odds over texts in Ohio House race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman with whom an Ohio state lawmaker acknowledged exchanging sexual text messages has launched a campaign to unseat him and threatened to release more details about their relationship if he doesn’t resign. The unusual faceoff between Republican Rep. Rick Perales of Beavercreek and nurse Jocelyn Smith has exploded out of nowhere just weeks before the May 8 primary. Perales acknowledges exchanging “flirtatious” texts with Smith in 2015. His campaign says he previously had brought the issue to GOP House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and to his wife. Smith has since escalated her claims, saying Perales forcibly kissed and choked her during their first meeting. Perales denied those claims and says Smith has descended into “gutter-level politics.” Rosenberger is investigating. A campaign spokesman says Perales has no plans to resign.

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