- - Wednesday, May 11, 2011

ARIZONA

Critics call for sheriff to resign, be indicted

PHOENIX — Critics of America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff are calling for his resignation and indictment, and for the sheriff’s office to be placed into receivership.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for crime and immigration sweeps, is under fire over allegations that his agency misspent funds and a recent investigation that revealed evidence of corruption among his top commanders.

A request for comment was not answered by Sheriff Arpaio’s spokespeople.

A federal grand jury reportedly has been looking into allegations of abuse of power by the sheriff, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and their employees since December 2009.

The U.S. Justice Department also is conducting a civil rights investigation of the sheriff’s office and examining jail policies that discriminate against people with limited English skills.

CALIFORNIA

Coffeehouse nudity, gambling banned by city

GARDEN GROVE — Bare-breasted baristas will have to cover up after police officers discovered nudity and illegal gambling going on at so-called lingerie cafes in a Southern California suburb.

More than three dozen of the coffeehouses are operating in the Orange County city of Garden Grove, and some waitresses have been slipping out of teddies to serve customers in the nude. Additionally, arcade machines have been rigged to be gambling machines.

The Orange County Register reports Wednesday that the City Council has voted 4-0 to ban nudity, gambling and smoking in the sexy cafes.

Police Chief Kevin Raney told the council his officers have raided 20 coffeehouses and confiscated 200 gambling machines. The chief said nude waitresses were also encountered, and the lingerie cafes have attracted gangs.

GEORGIA

Study: Bedbugs with ‘superbug’ germ found

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