Friday, December 29, 2006

Former strip club Gobel's in Shepherdsville, KY demolished

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"It took less than an hour yesterday for Bullitt County employees to raze the former home of Gobel's Exotic Entertainment in Shepherdsville.

Workers from the road department began demolishing the building at about 10 am, bringing down the purple-trimmed walls and green roof.

The building, once home to a chain restaurant, had been a strip club for more than a decade and was considered an eyesore by many local residents. Bullitt Fiscal Court voted last week to demolish the vacant building. The county bought it in February for $1 million from owner Gobel Newsome."

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Alabama spray on bikinis, still legal

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BIRMINGHAM | The strippers at Sammy's have a few tools of the trade: Thongs, garter belts stuffed with $1 bills, 6-inch heels and spray-on bikinis.

Under a settlement between 18 adult nightclubs and the Alabama attorney general's office, dancers statewide are spritzing their buttocks and breasts with flesh-colored latex to comply with the state's anti-nudity law, one of the most restrictive in the nation.

Club operators figured out that a combination of thongs and latex spray -- most commonly used as theatrical makeup -- would meet the law's restrictions if dancers used the rubber to cover themselves in just the right places.

The state, which already was defending against a lawsuit filed by strip clubs challenging the law, says it reluctantly went along with the clubs rather than having a federal judge follow through on his threat to throw out the entire statue as unconstitutional.

With the settlement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges against the operator of a Huntsville strip club called Fantasia Gentleman's Club, where dancers earlier this year were accused of illegally dancing in the buff

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Interesting take on Masters in Myrtle Beach

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"Masters is the largest gentleman's club on the Grand Strand, probably one of the largest anywhere with over 33,000 square feet. This sounds great - to those who enjoy that kind of thing of course (uncouth louts!) - but it's a flawed concept. Many of the seats are so far away from the gigantic stage that you feel the need for binoculars.

Bringing the nose bleed seats to strip clubs isn't such a fantastic idea.

Again, maybe it was a long week before Christmas thing, but I'd be wary of the Masters. Though it does have relatively cheap beer ($3.75 Bud Lights).

I was in and out in only one beer though, spending the shortest time ever recorded in a strip club by a man (about 20 minutes). Of course, I was only there because I was looking out for you. That's how seriously I take these travel responsibilities."

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More info on the Mustang, TX strip club battle...

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Mustang, TX - It's not much to look at: two dusty streets, a strip club, a boarded-up country western bar, one trash bin, and a dilapidated trailer park where the entire population lives.

This 75-acre town, carved from a pasture in 1973 to sell alcohol so a beer run was no longer a 60-mile drive to Dallas, is broke, withering and down to about 50 residents.

Yet even with the place in such dismal shape, two people have been fighting for a year over who effectively owns Mustang: the strip-club operator and the little-known widow of the town's co-founder.

That fight will makes Jan. 17 – when a judge is expected to decide the rightful owner and who will try to fix its financial problems – an important date in its history.

"All I want is to see Mustang on its feet again so we can pay the bills," said Gary Arnett, chief of the town's two-man volunteer fire department. "We have children here. I don't want to see the town have to relocate."

Tax revenue has fallen from about $1,500 a month to just $28 in November, generated only by the strip club. Mustang came close to losing water service this month because of a $3,400 unpaid bill.

The ownership battle is between Thomas Sinclair, who runs the Wispers Cabaret strip club and leases the shuttered Mustang Club bar, and Marsha McKie, whose late husband, William, co-founded the community. Sinclair agreed last year to buy the land from the McKies for $600,000, then filed a lawsuit alleging that they had not fulfilled all the terms of the deal.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Van rams strip club for an ATM withdrawl

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DALLAS -- Police are searching for two men they say rammed a van into a strip club in an attempt to steal an ATM. Surveillance video from The Platinum Club in Dallas shows the van in the parking lot and slamming through the club's front doors.

The men can then be seen entering the club and heading for the ATM, which was bolted to the floor and to the wall.The pair quickly leave empty-handed, but the manager of the club is convinced the men will try the same thing at another location."We are hoping that by airing it they [the police] catch them and they don't do it to someone else. That's the key," said Rob Epperson, of The Platinum Club.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Missouri Strip Club Law Struck Down

Victory: Adult Entertainment Industry

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Kansas City - The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law banning nudity and imposing other restrictions on strip clubs violates the state constitution, according to a recently published report.  

The court had already deemed the law unconstitutional in August 2005. The court's decision was based on that fact that the law was tacked onto a bill toughening Missouri's drunken-driving laws, and the state constitution requires legislation to deal with only one subject.  

According to the Missouri Supreme Court, the strip club law constitutes "log-rolling," which refers to the practice of gathering several matters in a single bill, in the hope of ensuring their passage.  

According to Dan Margolies' report for the Kansas City Star, the ruling last year was a victory for the adult entertainment industry and yet another setback for Missouri Sen. Matt Bartle, the Lee's Summit Republican who sponsored the bill as well as other measures aimed at the adult entertainment industry.  

Margolies' report went on to say that the strip-club bill struck down Tuesday banned full nudity; required dancers to stay at least 10 feet from customers and behind a rail; barred dancers from touching customers; and required customers and dancers to be at least 21 years of age.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Memphis Strip Clubs Shut Down

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Federal charges are expected Monday, December 11, 2006 against the owners of two popular Mid-South strip clubs, accused of providing much more than lap dances. The doors at Platinum Plus on Mt. Moriah and the Tunica Caberet on South Third Street were closed early Saturday morning. Investigators haven't released the official charges, but they have hinted the bars were covers for everything from drug dealing to money laundering.

More than 75 people were arrested in the raids. Police had been investigating both clubs for almost two years.

Charges will be handed down at 10am Monday.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Man Shoots Cheerleaders Stripper in Philly, Kills Himself

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A double shooting at a South Philadelphia strip club left a dancer wounded and a customer dead.

Police said the shooting happened just after 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cheerleaders Gentlemens Club on Front Street and Oregon Avenue.

Harmony Adams, a 31-year-old dancer, was shot in the back of the neck by 49-year-old Larry McGuigan, a regular customer, who shot himself in the head.

Both victims remain were taken to Jefferson University Hospital. McGuigan died from his injuries Friday, Adams is listed in stable condition.

There is no word on a motive. Philadelphia Police said they are working to determine whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Three men shot outside Dallas strip club

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Three men were shot during a gun battle outside a Dallas strip club last night. The men were walking to Privilege Men's Club on South Industrial Boulevard when a vehicle drove up and someone opened fire.

They were all hit but will survive, say police. One of the men did not require hospitalization.

No arrests have been made so far.

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