Last week, more than 14,000 envelopes went out to Pennsylvania men. The problem? The envelopes contained draft notices for men born between 1893 and 1897. Bewildered relatives received the notices, which ordered the deceased men to register for the nation’s military draft and warned that failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.” A clerk at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, while transferring nearly 400,000 records to the Selective Service System, failed to select the century, producing records for males born between 1993 and 1997—and for those born a century earlier. “We made a mistake, a quite serious selection error,” PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight said.
Not everyone is rich in the Hamptons
The Hamptons are known as a pristine beach getaway for the elite. But according to the Associated Press, 40 percent of children get free or reduced school lunches in Southampton. A food pantry serves up to 400 clients a month. And local doctors and nurses share homes owned by the hospital because they can’t afford to pay rent. The winter is particularly hard on locals, according to Mary Ann Tupper, former director of Human Resources of the Hamptons. “In the summer they’re working and everything is pretty good, but come the winter, all the nannies, the gardeners, the pool people, all those people are out of work, and then there’s no money,” she said. “The income disparity is tremendous.” Not all the wealthy are blind to the plight of the locals, with some participating in philanthropic events to help local charities, according to R. Couri Hay, a contributing editor at Hamptons Magazine. He suggested some of the service workers reap higher rewards in the summer because they charge their clients more.
Archie, beloved comic book character, to die saving his gay friend
Archie Andrews, the famous red-headed, freckle-faced comic book character, will die by saving the life of his gay friend in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie,” a series that focuses on grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale friends. The public first met Archie in 1941. In 2010 Archie Comic Publications introduced its first openly gay character, Kevin Keller. “We wanted to do something that was impactful that would really resonate with the world and bring home just how important Archie is to everyone,” said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO. Goldwater said Archie’s death isn’t a publicity stunt, but a lesson about gun violence and a declaration of diversity in the new age of Archie. “He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica. We get that, but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born.”
Pro-swastika group flies swastika banner over beaches
Coney Island and Long Island beach-goers filed complaints after a plane flew overhead, carrying a banner decorated with a swastika over a Star of David. Proswastika.org, the organization behind the stunt, said it wanted to teach the public about the swastika’s history as a symbol, like in Hinduism, for example. Las Vegas-based International Raelian Movement paid for the banner as part of its annual Swastika Rehabilitation Week. They say the Nazi symbol has an ancient history linked to Hinduism and other religions. Mark Treyger, the New York councilman who represents Coney Island, told CBS New York: “I will not accept their twisted logic. And I am also going to speak out against sending chilling messages of fear and intimidation to residents.”