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  • News of the Weird: Everybody Needs a Hug

    News of the Weird: Everybody Needs a Hug
    After its launch was delayed for a month by the Madison, Wis., city attorney, the Snuggle House was cleared and scheduled to open on Nov. 15 to provide in-bed, pajama-clad “intimate, non-sexual touch(ing)” for $60 an hour. “So many people,” said assistant manager Emily Noon, “don't have a significant other in their lives” and “just need to be held” (including, she said, the elderly and hospice patients, who are part of the target clientele). The city's delay was, a spokesman said, to assure that Snuggle House had protocols for dealing with “risky” situations in which a customer refuses to take “no sex” for an answer. (Snuggle House has prominent surveillance cameras and panic buttons for the staff.)
  • Well-Suited

    Well-Suited
    The best accessory for an exquisite wedding gown? A well-dressed groom. If you've already selected the perfect tuxedo or suit for him, it's time to think about the high-impact details. The Shirt It's hard to go wrong with white, but sometimes...

    'Conjuring' Sequels Hit by Second Suit Seeking to Block Production

    Warner Bros. and New Line have been sued for a second time in less than a month in a copyright action seeking to block "The Conjuring" sequels. The suit also named Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigator portrayed by Vera Farmiga in the film, as a...

    Supreme Court's tech ignorance may help Aereo

    Supreme Court's tech ignorance may help Aereo
    On the same day that she issued a historically important dissent in defense of affirmative action, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor showed that she's the court's resident techie. In oral argument in the case of ABC v. Aereo, she invoked Dropbox,...

    Quentin Tarantino's Gawker lawsuit dismissed, but case not dead

    Quentin Tarantino's Gawker lawsuit dismissed, but case not dead
    A federal judge has tossed out Quentin Tarantino's copyright infringement lawsuit against Gawker Media for linking to his leaked, unproduced script for "The Hateful Eight," but the legal battle may be far from over. U.S. District Court Judge John F....