Clown-O-Meter:  Naked Woman Rides Horse Along Fairfield Beach, Squirrel Causes Power Outage in Greenwich

-Some pissed-off white people are asking the Brookfield Board of Education to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison's unflinching novel about an abused black girl in 1930s Ohio, from an AP English reading list. Pamela Kurtz, who is running to be on the board, told the Danbury News-Times she has not read the book though her "jaw dropped" at "two sentences" she read on a flyer someone's been passing around. Chris Delia, another board candidate, also admits he never read the novel but called it "pornography, pure and simple" based on his perusal of the CliffsNotes summarizing it. (We're not making any of this up.)

-Occupy PEZ: As protesters remained on Wall Street and inspired populist demonstrations across the world, a few picketers dispensed their dissent outside a PEZ candy plant in Orange. In 2006, the company took a sweet loan deal from the state, which required it to employ 147 people, but its payroll has since dropped to 130, a small workforce reduction amid a huge recession but enough to anger the Connecticut Working Families Party. A PEZ official told the New Haven Register he's "confused by this."

-At the Occupy Hartford encampment, a homeless man allegedly pulled a knife on one of the activists who suddenly showed up to share his usual accommodations after a dispute over a blanket, reports the Associated Press. Shawn Coleman, 41, apparently wanted to remain in the 1 percent of hobos controlling 40 percent of the protection from the elements.

-Someone called a sandwich shop in New Canaan requesting 150 chicken sandwiches. The call became even more suspicious, the New Canaan Patch website reports, when he also asked for $1,000 cash back on a credit card. The shop found the card was fraudulent; the caller apparently came up with a novel way to try to swindle a little money and a lot of sandwiches.

-Police say Edward Lenard successfully stole a flat-screen TV from a Norwalk apartment and loaded it into the back of his car, when he realized he was out of gas. Lenard, 24, was arrested after a neighbor allegedly saw him try to hide the TV in some bushes and walk off with a gas can, reports the Norwalk Citizen.

-Forty-one-year-old Anthony Sporko was angry at the way people were driving in his Ansonia neighborhood, so he did what any concerned citizen would do: took out a gun and paced around his yard while screaming at cars, police told NBC Connecticut.

-A Cheshire police officer and his wife have been charged with stealing a dog. The pug got loose from its previous owner in January 2010 and was taken in by Thomas and Dawn Wright. Fourteen months later, the local Patch website reported on a fire at their Naugatuck home, posting a photo of the dog being carried from the scene. The original owner saw it and made a complaint. After they allegedly tried to skirt the investigation of an animal control officer, the Wrights were arrested for dog-knapping.

-Half of Greenwich lost power for several hours because of a single squirrel. The critter walked across a circuit at a Connecticut Light and Power substation, disconnecting the power of 15,000 residents. A CL&P spokesperson told Greenwich Time it was zapped with tens of thousands of volts. "The squirrel is history now," he assured the town.

-Police received a call about a naked woman riding a horse along a Fairfield beach, reports the Connecticut Post. Officers discovered the equestrian was taking a series of self-portrait photographs while wearing a flesh-colored bikini and riding a horse (animals allowed on Fairfield beaches), which is only a crime of artistic taste.

-Manchester has decided painted mannequin torsos and a '70s term for boobs are too much for its gentle townsfolk. The "Paint the Ta Tas: Celebrating Life" art exhibit, which was meant to raise awareness of breast cancer, was booted from Town Hall, reports the Hartford Courant, saving citizens from having to think of something as unpleasant as the human body when they go to pay property taxes and apply for zoning permits.

-Robert J. Lanata of Norwich was sentenced to four years in prison for a 2010 incident in which he allegedly attempted to kill his wife because she ate their leftover pasta. The Day reports Lanata, 41, was so angered she scarfed down the microwaved spaghetti he beat her to the ground and attempted to suffocate her with a garbage bag.

— Compiled by Nick Keppler