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HUNGARY

Students strip in protest

Students at Kaposvar University attended class wearing only their underwear on Thursday to protest against a dress code ordered by the college head. In a letter to students on Wednesday, the university’s rector wrote that a conservative dress code — dark suits and shoes for men; jacket, blouse and trousers or long skirts for women — must be adhered to when attending classes or exams. “From Oct. 1, there is also no place in the university for mini-skirts, flip-flops, heavy make-up, inappropriate fashion accessories, or unkempt fingernails and hair,” the letter continued. The rector did make an allowance for lighter clothing during warm summer days, prompting some students to make the underwear protest. “We were appropriately dressed, but the classroom was so warm we removed some clothing as is permitted,” one student said.

CANADA

Cat cruelty investigated

Police are investigating a case of animal cruelty after six severed cat heads were found in residential locations north of Toronto. Constable Andy Pattenden said on Thursday that the cat heads were placed within a less than 1.6km radius next to curbs in residential neighborhoods in Stouffville, Ontario, about 45km northeast of Toronto. Pattenden says the incidents are not believed to be accidental or the result of a predatory animal. The first incident was reported on Aug. 12 when a head and two legs were found near a daycare center. Five other cat heads were found during the next few weeks, with the latest incident reported on Sept. 13, when a homeowner found her cat’s head. Police are now urging cat owners to keep their pets indoors.

UNITED STATES

Burger offends blogger

A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for this month, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce. Kuma’s Corner, a foodie destination with just a few tables, names its hamburgers after heavy metal bands. For this month, the restaurant chose to name the burger after the Swedish band Ghost. Members of the band dress in religious robes and wear skeleton face makeup. “It’s in poor taste,” said Jeff Young of New Orleans who runs the blog Catholic Foodie. “It’s not, for us, the Eucharist,” Young said. “However this wafer is a symbol. There’s a cross on it. It’s like taking a flag and burning a flag.” Kuma’s Corner director of operations Luke Tobias said the restaurant never wanted to offend anyone. He said reaction has been a “mixed bag,” but more positive than negative.

UNITED STATES

Teen cops sex case plea

A teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend on Thursday pleaded no contest — essentially conceding the charges without admitting guilt. Her attorney describes the plea deal as in her best interest. Kaitlyn Hunt was charged in February with having sex with a 14-year-old female schoolmate. Hunt was 18 at the time. A previous plea deal was withdrawn in August following allegations that Hunt exchanged thousands of texts with the girl and sent her nude photos. She was sent to jail. Civil and gay rights groups say that Hunt is being punished for behavior that occurs at schools across the US without resulting in criminal charges. A “Free Kate” Facebook page has generated more than 30,000 followers so far, and an online petition urging that the charges be dropped gained more than 100,000 signatures.

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