City to strike ban on being willfully annoying
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
It’s soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Press reports that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states “no person shall willfully annoy another person.”
City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is “unconstitutional in terms of being vague” and “simply unenforceable.” A final decision is expected Tuesday.
Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.
Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules. Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.
Minnesota farmer creates granddaddy of a snowman
A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter’s excess.
Greg Novak says he’s invested hundreds of hours to build a 50-foot snowman named “Granddaddy” that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums. And he admits it has some neighbors questioning his sanity.
Granddaddy began to take shape earlier this winter when the Gilman farmer needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses.
“As long as you’re moving it, might as well do something practical with it,” Novak said.
Friends and family pitched in to help with Granddaddy, or to do farm chores while Novak worked on building the snowman. Novak used skid loaders to pile snow and a silage blower to direct snow into stacked cylinders, the St. Cloud Times reported.
“It puts a smile on people’s faces,” Novak said. “When people smile, you know you’ve done a good thing.”
Philly reporter hit with wall of snow from plow
A Philadelphia television news reporter covering the aftermath of a snowstorm in New Jersey was pelted by snow from a passing plow.
WTXF-TV’s Steve Keeley was blasted with a wall of snow from the plow Monday morning while reporting live from the side of a road in Woodstown.
The station posted a video showing Keeley, who never lost his footing. It says it’s the 15th storm Keeley has reported on this winter, and he’s clearly a pro because he “didn’t even miss a beat.”
Keeley says he was 20 feet from the road, which shows how far plows can throw snow at high speeds. He jokingly said a reporter from another TV station must have been driving the plow.