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By United Press International   |   May 28, 2004 at 6:00 AM
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Wisconsin restroom named America's best

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- The Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., has been honored for having America's best restrooms.

Kohler's Medierranean-style facility was picked from among more than 200 entries across the country, CNN said. Voters cast ballots on the Web site Cintas Corp., supplier of uniforms and restroom hygiene services.

"Where else can you use a restroom and simultaneously pretend you are a pharaoh amongst the pyramids, Caesar surrounded by Rome's classical architecture, the pontiff or a CEO?" said Ruth Kohler, the center's director.

Nine finalists were chosen based on originality, unique style or theme, exceptional hygiene maintenance and free access to the public.

The second place winner was Art Chicks Restaurant in Louisville, Neb., chosen for its '50s theme and third place went to bathroom manufacturer Wall USA of Boston for its high-tech, self-cleaning port-a-potty.

Rounding out the top five were Olivia's Circle fitness center in Albany, N.Y. and a Waffle House in Lawrence, Mich.

Man fined for eating ice cream and driving

WHITBY, England, May 27 (UPI) -- Ray Maltby, of the resort town of Whitby, England, was stunned to get a ticket for eating an ice cream cone while driving.

The BBC reported Thursday that Maltby was fined $55 for not being in control of his car as he drove his car one mile from the ice cream shop to the bar that he owns.

Police Inspector Tim Hutchinson said Maltby was not wearing a seatbelt, had one hand on the steering wheel and was not thinking about public safety.

"You have someone driving through a busy seaside town with loads of tourists around, driving with one hand," he said.

"Whenever you are driving most responsible drivers think what if something unexpected happens and Maltby put himself in a position where he was driving through streets with many pedestrians and he wasn't in a position to react."

Maltby said he wanted the law clarified for other motorists because he feels he did nothing to violate the law.

PETA targets Mercedes in Billboard ad

DETROIT, May 27 (UPI) -- Outdoor ad companies in Detroit are refusing to display billboards from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals targeting leather car interiors.

The billboards feature blood-splattered tire tread next to a tagline that says: "Four cows killed for every Mercedes leather interior," the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

Outdoor advertising companies such as Viacom and Lamar both said the photo was too explicit.

PETA's Poorva Joshipura said Detroit was being targeted because the animal rights group gets more complaints about Mercedes leather interiors than any other car company. PETA said Mercedes does not offer a cloth alternative for its top-of-the-line S-class models and Detroit is the U.S. headquarters for DaimlerChrysler AG, which owns Mercedes.

"We are challenging them to take a truly classy stance, Joshipura said. "There's nothing luxurious about using animal skin."

However, some ad companies countered that there's nothing classy about PETA's billboard.

NYC considers banning underwear returns

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- New York City officials are considering banning retail stores from selling underpants that have been returned, but not bras.

Wearing an undergarment worn before can lead to the spread of bacteria, lice and yeast, said Councilman Tony Avella, D-Queens, the bill's sponsor.

The Staten Island Advance reported Avella's bill would prohibit stores from reselling any clothing "worn under the outer clothes and next to the skin in the area directly below an individual's waist," therefore, bras, undershirts and socks could still be returned to retailers.

The measure followed reports by WCBS-TV, New York, that showed returned underwear was offered for resale at some of New York's top department stores and chains.

Pauline Toole, of the city's Department of Consumer Affairs, supported the measure but said consumers could always protect themselves by washing newly purchased undergarments before wearing them.

"The notion that one's Fruit of the Loom has been squeezed, bruised and then repackaged is quite unnerving," said James Oddo, R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn.

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