Odds and ends: Fla. lawmakers consider ban on ornamental bull testicles

By The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – They’re proudly displayed by any self-respecting bull, but dangling metal ones on the back end of a truck could be banned in Florida.

Metal replicas of bull testicles have become trendy bumper ornaments in parts of the Sunshine State, but state Sen. Carey Baker is campaigning to ban the orbs.

Baker acknowledged that Florida lawmakers have more pressing issues, but said the state needs to draw a line on what’s obscene.

State Sen. Steve Geller argued against Baker’s bill.

“I find it shocking that we should be telling people that have the metallic bull testicles … you’re now going to have points on your license for this,” said Geller.

Baker’s bill to fine drivers $60 for displaying the ornaments passed the Senate. It’s now up to the House.

If it were to be passed, Gov. Charlie Crist has not indicated whether he would sign it.

300-pound inmate files federal lawsuit over jail food

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – An inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge is suing the county, complaining he has lost more than 100 pounds because of the jailhouse menu.

Broderick Lloyd Laswell says he isn’t happy that he’s down to 308 pounds after eight months in the Benton County jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit complaining the jail doesn’t provide inmates with enough food.

According to the suit, Laswell weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed in September.

“If we are in a small pod all day (and) do next to nothing for physical exercise, we should not lose weight,” the suit says. “The only reason we lost weight in here is because we are literally being starved to death.”

The meals, provided through Aramark Correctional Institution Services, average 3,000 calories a day, jail Capt. Hunter Petray told The Morning News of northwest Arkansas for a story Saturday.

A typical Western diet consists of 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day.