Matthew Williams


Some parents say sex-ed book has too much sexy sex

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Parents in Fremont, California are alarmed and demanding the removal of a health textbook that talks about masturbation, foreplay, vibrators, oral sex, and erotic touch, as well as other sexual education topics such as bondage.

Teri Topham, whose daughter is going into ninth grade in Fremont and who teaches high school at a Fremont charter school, said she would throw the book, titled Your Health Today out. "I flipped through it and saw sections that mentioned bondage with ropes and handcuffs," Topham said. "Not only does it have material that is too explicit and inappropriate, it doesn't meet their need for their ages. I am astounded the health teachers and school board said, 'yes, this is the best book we could find.'"

The school is planning to keep the book.

Pope to Teens: Get Off The Damn Internet

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On Tuesday, Pope Francis--who has called the Internet "a gift from God"--urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive activities.

Pope Francis did not say whether "wasting time on the Internet" included reading the Pope's own Twitter feed.

"Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things," the pope said in a short speech to the altar servers — young people who help the priest during religious services — who had come to Rome on a pilgrimage. "Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions." Activities cited by Francis as futile were: "chatting on the Internet or with smartphones, watching TV soap operas, and (using) the products of technological progress, which should simplify and improve the quality of life, but distract attention away from what is really important."

Artist's self portraits reflect progression of Alzheimer’s disease

American artist William Utermohlen (1933-2007) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995. For the remaining five years of his life, he painted self-portraits which revealed the progression of the disease and its effects, as well as Mr. Utermohlen's heartbreaking, desperate attempts to understand what was happening to him.

Grown man does a perfect girl voice

Performed by Matt Bittner (web, Twitter).

(Also, Nick Pitera sings both parts of "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin)

Welcome To The New Wild West

On the day the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act went into effect, an argument between two men in a convenience store led to a near-showdown involving a drawn firearm and one arrest.

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached the man and demanded to see his identification and firearms license. “Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

Kentucky Fried Chicken says it did not oust disfigured child

Back in May, a 3-year-old girl disfigured by a pit bull attack was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her facial scars disturbed other customers. The story went viral, and was used in a successful Facebook fund-raising campaign by the girl’s family. People donated more than 135,000 as well as gifts and offers from surgeons.

KFC has completed an internal investigation and has determined the story is a hoax.

Nose gear malfunction prompts "stool" landing on aircraft carrier

When the front landing gear on his Harrier Jump Jet malfunctioned, Captain William Mahoney had to perform a vertical landing onto a special stool on the USS Bataan's flight deck.

Woman arrested for stealing 139 bikes

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Earlier this week, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office recovered more than 130 bicycles and bicycle frames in three raids.

In the hopes of returning the bikes to their owners, the MCSO has posted photos of all the bicycles and bicycle frames taken in the raids that led to the arrest of bicycle builder Rebecca Hammett, 50, of Kentfield.

If you live in the Bay Area and your bike was stolen, perhaps Rebecca took it.

From Hammett's Meetup page: "Strangely I restore steel road bikes...but have no one to ride with, being very LAish and casual, but living in Marin...I can handle 20 easily...."

MonkeyParking continues monkey business

MonkeyParking is an iPhone app which allows users to auction their parking spaces.

On Monday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter to MonkeyParking, threatening the startup with a lawsuit unless it shuts down operations in San Francisco by July 11.

MonkeyParking has refused, claiming Herrera’s cease and desist letter is a violation of free speech. “I have the right to tell people if I am about to leave a parking spot, and they have the right to pay me for such information," says Paolo Dobrowolny, the CEO of MonkeyParking.

Malibu elitists who impede public access now face fines


Remember the story about the Malibu homeowners who erect fake signs and gates to impede public beach access? The state budget signed by Governor Brown on Friday included a “trailer bill” that gives the California Coastal Commission the power to fine people for violating the public access provisions of the California Coastal Act.