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Posted by lordcomicguy on April 13, 2008

Romantic proposal leads to gazebo blaze

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Lawrence Waterhouse III pulled out all the stops — and all the candles — when he proposed marriage to his girlfriend in the gazebo outside his suburban home.

He had set it up very, very nicely,” Chappaqua Fire Chief Andy Metz said Thursday. “He had candles in the trees, candles and dogwood petals along the path, a chandelier with votive candles.”

The girlfriend apparently said yes to the romantic Wednesday night proposal, and the couple left town early Thursday for a trip out west, Metz said. Unfortunately, at least one of the candles apparently stayed lit.

“We got the call about 7:15 this morning, and when I got there five minutes later the gazebo was fully involved in flames,” the chief said. “Luckily, nothing else burned.”

Metz tracked down Waterhouse at a New York airport and told him about the fire, but advised him to continue with his trip.

“Nobody was hurt, so I told him to go ahead with his vacation,” the chief said. “He gave me his brother’s number, and the brother told me about the proposal.”

The chief said the fire was “a unique event.”

“We’ve had candle fires, of course, but I can’t remember one at this level of romance.”


Masseuses told to padlock pants

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A bid by a local government in Indonesia’s East Java province to curb prostitution by asking masseuses to wear a padlock on their pants was an insult, a newspaper quoted the minister for women’s empowerment as saying.


The recently implemented policy in the tourist area of Batu was misguided, State Minister for Women’s Empowerment Meuthia Hatta told the Jakarta Post on Thursday.


“It is not the right way to prevent promiscuity. It insults women as if they are the ones in the wrong,” Hatta said.


The paper showed a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers and said the local administration’s move was aimed at curbing prostitution and maintaining Batu’s image as a popular tourist destination.


The best way to curb prostitution in massage parlors was to improve security systems including installing CCTV, Hatta said.


Batu, 75 km (46 miles) south of Indonesia’s second-biggest city, Surabaya, is a popular tourist destination for its cool climate, hot springs and mountain scenery.


Indonesia has a flourishing sex industry and massage parlors are frequently a front for prostitution. But there has been a vigorous debate over morality in recent years, exposing deep divisions in the Southeast Asian Muslim-majority nation.


Last month, Indonesia passed a bill to restrict access to pornographic and violent sites on the Internet, while parliament has yet to pass a controversial pornography bill that aims to shield the young from pornographic material and lewd acts.


Earlier draft versions contained provisions that could jail people for kissing in public and criminalize many forms of art or traditional culture that hinge on sensuality, sparking criticism it could curb freedoms and hurt Indonesia’s tolerant traditions.


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