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April 24, 2009 at 6:30 AM
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Judge tosses saggy pants ordinance

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., April 24 (UPI) -- A Florida judge has tossed a town's ordinance that made wearing pants below the waist an offense punishable with a fine.

Palm Beach County Judge Laura Johnson ruled Riviera Beach's ordinance against saggy pants -- which was approved by 72 percent of city voters in a March 2008 referendum -- is unconstitutional, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Johnson ruled that wearing saggy pants -- defined in the ordinance as wearing pants below the waist while exposing skin or underwear -- is protected under the liberties guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, no matter how "tacky or distasteful" the fashion choice may be, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported.

The ordinance, which took effect in July, allowed police to issue a $150 fine to first-time saggy pants wearers and a $300 fine for repeat offenders.


Model hosts plus-size engagement party

GUANGZHOU, China, April 24 (UPI) -- China's largest model organized an engagement ceremony for herself and eight other plus-sized women in China's Guangdong province.

Zeng Jing, a 242-pound woman known as the largest model in China, organized Monday's event in Guangzhou and chose the other eight women from a list of 246 candidates over 165 pounds, Xinhua, China's official state-run news agency, reported.

Zeng, who designed her wedding dress, said she and the other women wanted to use the event to highlight the concerns of larger people.


S. African pres. faces first lady choice

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 24 (UPI) -- The governing party of South Africa said Jacob Zuma, expected to become president, will make the decision about which of his wives will be first lady.

The African National Congress said the first lady question is a private matter for Zuma -- the party leader and likely the next president, after his party won a majority in the recent elections -- and his wives, The Guardian (Britain) reported.

Zuma has not made the number of his wives clear, but he has spoken openly about his polygamy.

"There are plenty of politicians who have mistresses and children that they hide so as to pretend they're monogamous," he told a TV interviewer. "I prefer to be open. I love my wives and I'm proud of my children."

Zuma, a Zulu traditionalist, married his first wife, Sizakele Khumalo, in 1973. He most recently married socialite Thobeka Mabhija, with whom he reportedly has two children, in January.


Realtor offers free divorce with home

HUELVA, Spain, April 24 (UPI) -- A Spanish real estate company is offering a free divorce lawyer as an incentive to couples who purchase three-bedroom homes in Huelva province.

Officials with Geimsa realtors said the deal is aimed at couples who have been postponing divorce because they can't afford new homes, Britain's The Daily Telegraph reported.

"A divorce is very expensive," said Vanesa Contioso of Geimsa. "So we are offering new clients the free use of our lawyers to handle the process."

The deal applies to married couples who purchase three-bedroom homes for at least $89,000 in Huelva province.

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