3 Top Stories from Home and Away
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
INTERNATIONAL – From BBC.com
An Egyptian man in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after a video of him having breakfast with a woman went viral on Twitter. In the video, a man with an Egyptian dialect eats breakfast beside a woman wearing a full face veil, who many assumed to be Saudi.
This is in contravention of the law in Saudi Arabia, where in workplaces or eateries like McDonald’s and Starbucks, families and single men have to sit in different areas.
Women must sit separately from single men in these places. They are not allowed to carry out most activities without being accompanied by their male guardians, usually a father or husband, but possibly a brother or a son.
NATIONAL – From the Oregonian
Before she entered politics, Anne McEnerny-Ogle was a junior high math teacher who commuted for a quarter-of-a-century between Clark County and Lake Oswego.
As Vancouver’s mayor, solving problems is an integral part of her life. So is the 100-year-old Interstate Bridge, the Interstate 5 drawbridge over the Columbia River that still stands unchanged despite calls for its replacement since the 1990s.
Now, five years after a few Washington state senators left Oregon at the altar and killed the decade-long plan to replace the bridge, she has one thing to say to Oregonians: We’re sorry.
McEnerny-Ogle thinks that apology may help solve a thorny political problem: How Washington can woo Oregon back and get the bridge replaced.
“Bless their hearts,” she said of her Oregon counterparts. “I absolutely understand we screwed them over big time with what happened.”
ALASKA – From AP
A section of a small town in western Alaska has long been known as “Lousetown,” which some residents find insulting to the Alaska Natives who live there. But in Bethel, it’s not just an unpleasant nickname with connotations of parasitic lice. It’s on the municipal code.
Now an effort is underway to officially change the code and rename the area East Avenue, for the road traversing that part of the community of about 6,000. A final vote is set to take place Tuesday at the Bethel City Council meeting.