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New York village bans front yard clotheslines, punishable by up to $1,000 and 15 days in jail

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Great Neck, New York - Officials in Great Neck don't want you airing out your dirty laundry - or clean laundry for that matter.

The village board has banned the hanging of laundry on front lawns, making it a violation punishable by up to $1,000 and 15 days in jail.

Some residents say they never realized it was a problem.

"The whole time I've been here, I've never seen that. That's a surprise," said Martha Curtis.

But village officials say it was becoming a problem, and next they'll take up another growing problem - living room couches on front porches.

"I've never seen couches on front porches," Curtis told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. "This is funny to me."

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Christmas tree banned: 'Religious symbol'

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Residents of The Willows senior apartment complex in Newhall gather around a Christmas tree that the owners ordered staff in a memo to take down.
California - Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol.

On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff at The Willows senior apartment building demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas.

The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it's given such a directive to staff.

On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: "Please Save Our Tree."

"We're all angry. We want that tree," said Fern Scheel, who has lived at the complex for nearly two years. "Where's our freedom? This is ridiculous."

The Willows staff and JB Property supervisor Wethanie Law declined to comment.

JB Partners Group owns apartments in California, Oklahoma and Colorado.


Orange County parents offer $1,000 to find daughter's bully

Los Alamitos, California - Kaylie Castillo, 16, says she's been bullied to her breaking point.

The Los Alamitos High School student told CBS2's Stacey Butler Wednesday she was bullied all last year and the harassment started up again two days ago.

"I just want it to stop," said Kaylie, who's afraid to go to school.

Last year, someone allegedly vandalized her locker and left a mouse in it, wrote obscene things about her in the school bathroom and spray-painted "slut" on her driveway. The culprit also left excrement at her front door and covered her mom's car in baby powder. Then, promiscuous texts were sent to a boy at school as if it were coming from Kaylie's phone.

On Monday, Kaylie said, "it all started happening again."

2 + 2 = 4

Parents sue Chicago public schools after teen strip-searched in bathroom

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William Howard Taft High School
The parents of a 15-year old boy who was allegedly strip-searched at a high school last month have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools.

In an exclusive interview with CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman, the boy and his outraged parents described what happened.

"He came home crying. So I asked him why he was crying," said the boy's father, Anthony Woodman. "And he was like hysterical. He tells me he's been strip-searched."

It allegedly happened at Taft High school last month.

His mother, Michelle Woodman said she contacted the CBS2 Investigators "so this doesn't happen to anyone else. No one should go through what our son went through."

Apple Red

Second-graders charged for bathroom breaks

Teacher's Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks
Going to restroom costs kids "Boyd Bucks" that are earned with good behavior


Taser International sued by man left with brain damage after being electrocuted

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Taser International is being forced to defend itself in court this week after a man filed a lawsuit against the electroshock gun company, claiming he went into cardiac arrest as a result of being shot in the chest by a Taser.

­Colin Fahy, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, was shot in the chest with a Taser by police responding to a domestic disturbance complaint at his home in St. Louis. Police Officer Karen Menendez claims she used the Taser on Fahy, who was drunk and high, after he lunged at her and one other officer, according to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Menendez shot the gun twice, delivering one 25-second shock and one 5-second shot. Fahy went into cardiac arrest soon afterwards, which the plaintiff claims was a direct result of the stuns from the Taser.

"On December 7, 2007, St. Louis police officers used the X26 Taser on Fahy, causing him to go intro ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest," read court documents signed by United States District Judge Catherine Perry in 2010.

After falling to the kitchen floor, the teenager was handcuffed by the officers. At this point he was blue in the face and unresponsive. Fahy was subsequently hospitalized, suffered cardiac arrest for 30 minutes and was on life support for weeks. The young man now suffers from permanent brain damage and struggles with short-term and working memory.

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Greece jobless rate rises to 26 percent

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Greece's unemployment rate rose to 26 percent in September, the Greek Statistical Authority announced Thursday.

An estimated 1.3 million people were recorded as being unemployed in September, RT reported.

The jobless rate is up from 25.3 percent the previous month and 18.9 percent a year earlier, with Greece headed towards its sixth straight year of recession.

The number of people employed stood at 3,695,053, and another 3,373,692 were listed as financially inactive, according to the September data.

Greek unemployment has surged as a result of harsh austerity measures imposed by the government in return for international rescue loans.


Thieves somehow steal 800-pound statue from New Jersey Elks lodge roof

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Daring thieves recently made off with an 800-pound state of an elk from the roof of an Elks Lodge in Rutherford, N.J.
Working Theory: They Figured Statue Was Made Of Valuable Metal For Re-Sale

A bizarre heist in one New Jersey town has people scratching their heads. Thieves stole an 800-pound statue off the roof of a local Elks lodge.

The big question is how did they pull it off?

There's not much left of the statue that adorned Elks Lodge 547 in Rutherford for more than 60 years.

"The elk would be standing on the roof with lights on it facing the train station with his antlers spread, welcoming them to come and stay at the Elks if they were a member Elk," member Richard Rovito told CBS 2's Elise Finch.

"Just before Sandy a few of us got onto the roof and put it on its side. We were afraid it was going to come down with the high winds. We removed the antlers and head," lodge treasurer Joe Europa said.

Members moved the head and one leg inside, but the rest of the statue was left on the roof. A few days ago they noticed it was gone. People CBS 2's Finch spoke to weren't concerned about who stole the elk or even why.

Gift 3

Thieves caught stealing Christmas gifts from Stoneham home

Massachusetts - Tis the season for online shopping. And with it police say, comes thieves who steal packages right from people's doorsteps.

In Stoneham, police say, three women followed a delivery truck. When it delivered packages to the front door of an Elm Street home, the women stole them.

The packages were toys intended to be Christmas gifts for Tracy, the homeowner's, kids.

"There's lots of packages coming this time of year, probably one every couple days," she told WBZ.

But Tracy and her kids never got the toys. Fortunately, an alert driver saw the whole thing. He tailed the alleged thieves and got their license plate number. Police later tracked them down to a house in Woburn.

Investigators found the empty boxes that had contained Tracy's goods. According to police the women told them they got rid of the toys. Detective Robert McKinnon suspects they hit other houses too.

Christmas Tree

Family decorating Christmas tree robbed by three men


K'Shawn Aldontay Morris, Troy Tereal Gibson and Maurice Alexander Morris
Loris, South Carolina - Three men are facing charges after reportedly robbing an Horry County family who were decorating their home for the holidays.

The Horry County Police Department charged 19-year-old K'Shawn Aldontay Morris with armed robbery, burglary, resisting arrest, unlawful carrying of a pistol and six counts of kidnapping.

Investigators also charged 21-year-old Maurice Alexander Morris and 21-year-old Troy Tereal Gibson with armed robbery and resisting arrest.

The victims said they were decorating the family Christmas tree Saturday night when three masked, armed men entered their Loris home on Camp Swamp Road Saturday night.

According to the victims, the three suspects held them at gunpoint and forced them to get on the ground while they ransacked their home. A police report states that the suspects separated the parents from the children before robbing them and stealing one of their vehicles.

Authorities say the suspects also stole an Xbox 360, Kinect, two jewelry boxes with jewelry, two men's watches, a portable DVD player, medicines, and cell phones.