This week’s stupid news briefs include crazies on the DHS hotline, T-shirts banned in Boston, illegal gerrymandering in Texas, and jaywalking in D.C. (Don’t.)
- The Department of Homeland Security has a hotline where people can call in tips about potential homeland security threats. On a typical day, the hotline receives anything but. “We do get a certain amount of crazies,” said a call center supervisor.
- The city of Boston is engaging in censorship, ordering city officials to seize any T-shirts which bear the message, “Stop Snitchin.” “We are going into every retail store that sells the shirts and remove them,” said Boston mayor Thomas Menino.
- Justice Department lawyers who reviewed Texas’ redistricting plan said that it violated the Voting Rights Act, but senior DOJ officials approved the gerrymandering anyway. “The State of Texas has not met its burden in showing that the proposed congressional redistricting plan does not have a discriminatory effect,” an internal memorandum said.
- Washington, D.C., police issued a $5 jaywalking ticket to a pedestrian struck by a car on Connecticut Avenue. Charles Atherton, 73, the former longtime secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, was listed in critical condition Friday at George Washington University Hospital. His daughter said he “felt strongly about crossing at intersections” after a friend was killed crossing the same street.