Reporter's Notebook: Wal-mart, your exotic lingerie superstore?

SANDUSKY REGISTER My wife's birthday is this week. She wanted a hot country singer's latest
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY REGISTER

My wife's birthday is this week. She wanted a hot country singer's latest CD, so I went to the Wal-Mart on U.S. 250 to pick up a copy.

The cashier could see I was buying a music CD, so the words displayed on her machine after she scanned it didn't make sense.

"Why is this ringing up as a paisley bra?" she asked.

I explained that the singer's name is "Brad Paisley" (she had never heard of him) and that her machine had dropped the "D" in the artist's last name.

I still don't know what a "paisley bra" is. I doubt my wife would trust me to buy one for her.

-- Tom Jackson

Cyclist raising money for multiple sclerosis

A California man biked through Sandusky last week to raise money for a cause close to his heart: multiple sclerosis.

Thomas Beasley, 39, of Anaheim, Calif., biked about 198,600 miles of his 200,000 mile journey when he stopped in Sandusky on Thursday. Beasley started the journey March 8 in Tampa Bay, Fla., and will finish Dec. 1 in Memphis, Tenn. He has raised about $109,000.

Beasley, who lost a friend to multiple sclerosis in 1990, will make the cross-country journey for the 17th and last time this year.

"I've met a lot of wonderful people that live with this disease everyday," Beasley said. "You can't do this for as long as I have and not be affected by it."

-- Jacob Lammers

A step above

More than 40 people marched around the Erie County Courthouse late Thursday afternoon as part of the local NAACP "Jena 6" protest.

Heather Love Carman, candidate for Sandusky Municipal Judge, walked all six laps in sky-high stiletto heels.

"Now that's a woman!" said one of her fellow protesters with a smile.

-- Jennifer Grathwol