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Palin look-alike strippers to strut in pageant

LAS VEGAS – Some spectacled strippers are looking to score some votes of their own, just for looking like Sarah Palin. A Sin City strip club says it plans to host a look-alike contest in honor of the GOP vice presidential nominee, and is bringing in women from gentlemen’s clubs all over the country to compete.

They’ll be judged by club guests on how they resemble Palin, while wearing a swimsuit and how well they debate, according to news release.

A vote will determine the winner. The prize? A $10,000 package including a trip to Washington for Inauguration Day in January.

Officials for Club Paradise Men’s Club in Las Vegas say they’re holding the contest because Palin competed as a beauty queen years ago and is widely impersonated today.

Palin came in second at the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant, taking home the Miss Congeniality award.

Putin’s dog gets a satellite collar

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s black labrador dog, Koni, on Friday was given a collar that will allow her master to track her movements by satellite.

Putin interrupted a meeting of officials who were discussing the virtues of the Russia’s new satellite global positioning system GLONASS to monitor cattle and wild animals.

“Can I use it for my dog?” he asked, according to the account of the meeting posted on the government website www.gov.ru

Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, a close friend of Putin, said the collar, which weighs 170 grams (6 ounces) and is equipped with transmitters, had been ready for Koni some time ago and now was the time to test it.

It was immediately slipped on the dog.

“She looks sad,” Ivanov said. “Her free life is over.”

“She is wagging her tail. That means she likes it,” Putin said.

The government has promised to make GLONASS, initially designed for use by the Russian military, available for broad civilian public. But few gadgets employing it are as yet available in the market.

Woman, says she overpaid land taxes since 1970

AGAWAM, Mass. – An 88-year-old Massachusetts woman wants a refund after learning that she’s been paying taxes for nearly four decades on land she doesn’t own. Valeria Novak of Agawam says the amount she has overpaid since 1970 probably totals less than $2,000. Nonetheless, she feels she deserves an abatement because it was the city’s mistake.

Agawam Assessor Kevin Baldini told the Republican newspaper of Springfield that he feels bad for Novak, but state law does not allow for tax refunds going back that far.

The mistake was discovered when Novak went to City Hall to clear up a question about a neighbor’s property. She was shown a map indicating that her Main Street home had been assessed for 8,000 square feet more than she actually owned.

Novak said she’d love to get the money back so she can spend it on her seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Man sues Fla. strip club over dancer’s flying shoe

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – An angry wife or girlfriend might not be the only thing to worry about when visiting a strip club. A man suing a Pompano Beach club claims a performer’s shoe flew off during a pole dance, shattered the mirrored ceiling and caused glass and the shoe to hit him.

The lawsuit filed in Broward County by 35-year-old Charles Privette says the Booby Trap breached its duty when its employee failed to perform her routine in a reasonably safe manner. The suit seeks at least $15,000 in damages.

Privette’s attorney says his client suffered a small cut to his eyebrow, headaches and nose bleeds because of the Jan. 14 pole dance. Booby Trap general manager George Gettinger acknowledges paramedics were called but said the injuries were minor.