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UNITED STATES

Man held for lewd public act

Fred Willard, perhaps best-known as a dog show announcer in the movie Best in Show, was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act at a Hollywood adult movie theater and later fired from his work on the TV show Market Warriors. Uniformed vice officers were conducting a routine investigation of the theater on Wednesday night and saw Willard engaging in a lewd act, Los Angeles police Sargeant Mark Ro said. The actor appeared to be alone, he added. Willard, 72, was booked at the Hollywood police station on suspicion of committing a lewd act in public. Ro said Willard was released after midnight without posting bail.

UNITED STATES

1979 Who tickets still valid

Fans still holding tickets for a canceled 1979 show in Rhode Island by British rock band The Who can finally use them. The band’s 1979 concert in Providence was canceled by the city’s then-mayor Buddy Cianci, who cited safety concerns after a stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed 11 people. The band has not been to the city since. The Who this week announced it will end its latest tour in Providence on Feb. 26 at the same venue where its show was canceled 33 years ago, now called the Dunkin Donuts Center. General manager Lawrence Lepore said on Thursday the venue will honor tickets from the canceled 1979 show. Lepore said many ticketholders got refunds for the canceled show in 1979, but others may have held on to their tickets as memorabilia. “Somewhere, someplace, someone’s got it stashed,” he said. “The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we’re willing to take it.” The most expensive ticket at the 1979 show was US$14, Lepore said. Tickets for February’s show range from US$57.50 to US$127.50.

FRANCE

Man claims fast food abuse

McDonald’s France said on Thursday that employees at one of its Paris restaurants denied a Canadian inventor’s claims they assaulted him for wearing a computer vision system. In a statement on its Facebook page, the company said it was investigating the claim and “no statement in relation to a physical assault ... was uncovered in the testimonies of the people questioned.” Steve Mann, a professor at the University of Toronto, blogged on Tuesday that he had suffered a “physical assault” by McDonald’s “representatives.” “According to the employees, the exchanges with Mr Mann were carried out with respect and politeness,” McDonald’s said. Mann, who invented the EyeTap computer vision system — similar to the Augmented Reality eyepiece being developed by Google Inc — and has worn it for the past 13 years, said he was confronted by three people he believed to be McDonald’s staff. Mann claimed one of the men tried to rip the system from his head and that despite showing them medical and technical documentation on the system, he was ejected from the restaurant.

FRANCE

New DSK drink to hit clubs

A fizzy drink with alleged aphrodisiac qualities carrying the initials of disgraced former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will hit night clubs this summer, its makers said. Drink Safran Kiwi (DSK), to be sold in Paris and on the French Riviera, is geared toward “the in-crowd, nightclubbers,” who will mix it with a hard drink, its designer Stephane Briault said. Briault came up with the idea for a “natural, pasteurized drink without coloring or preservatives” in his contacts with saffron producer Patrice Guillard. “Since ancient times, saffron has been known for its many benefits,” Briault said. “It’s an anti-depressant, has the reputation of being fun and bringing wisdom, is good for the liver, lowers blood pressure, stimulates respiration and is believed to be an aphrodisiac for women.” Briault and Guillard started out with the idea of a saffron-based soda, but they needed a fruit. “Kiwi has interesting benefits, it’s an antioxidant,” believed to slow the ageing process, Briault said. “Then we needed a name. ‘Saffron Drink’ didn’t sound very sexy, so we thought of ‘Drink Safran Kiwi,’ which could be shortened to DSK. We asked ourselves if that wasn’t too brazen,” given the connection with Strauss-Kahn, who has been caught up in a string of lurid sex scandals. “But people will remember it more easily,” Briault said.

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