BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Public nudity isn’t new to this bastion of nonconformity, but it usually bares itself in places other than the downtown parking lot. But recently teenagers and young adults have disrobed near restaurants, bookstores and the town’s many galleries, igniting a debate about whether Brattleboro should ban a practice long tolerated until now. “Brattleboro tends to be a laid-back town and pretty accepting of the unusual, but this is really pushing limits,” said Police Chief John Martin. “It’s clearly to outrage people. It’s clearly rebelliousness.” By most accounts, the stripping started on a whim in early summer when a young woman sat naked on a park bench, Martin said. Then another young woman started taking her shirt off downtown. At Everyone’s Books, co-owner Rich Geidel, 50, said the parking lot may not be the most appropriate place for nudity, but “as long as people are polite and don’t block the entrance, we don’t ask them to leave.” To others, it’s disturbing and something more than harmless rebellion. “It’s a bad image for Brattleboro,” said Ozzie Kocaoglu, 43, who owns the Sundried Tomato restaurant at the far end of the parking lot. Vermont has no state laws against public nudity, but communities can write their own bans. At least eight cities and towns have anti-nudity ordinances, according to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. So far, Brattleboro has chosen not to join them, but the teenagers’ dress-down may change that. Officials in the southeast Vermont town, about 80 miles west of Boston, are researching how other communities have responded. For now Brattleboro is weighing its options and waiting for temperatures to drop. “As soon as winter comes, there won’t be a story anymore,” said Town Clerk Annette Cappy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.A festival promoting nudity and rebelliousness attracted nude hula hoopers in a downtown parking lot in May. Last month, a half dozen young people bared their bodies in a parking lot, encircled by the backs of bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants. “It’s just an act of freedom,” said 19-year-old Adhi Palar. “We’re just doing so because we can.” Palar said he and the others “do not consider nakedness to be innately sexual or rude, and it shouldn’t be confined to that.” All the bare skin has raised eyebrows, even in a 12,000-population town that has had clothing-optional swimming holes, streakers and an event known as Breast Fest, with women parading topless.
latest The Reds’ form this season has been nothing short of phenomenal, having taken 46 out of a possible 48 points thus far.With Liverpool rampant and eight points clear of second-placed Leicester, it seems like the stars are aligning for the six-time European champions to claim their first top flight title in almost 30 years.Or are they?Funnily enough, we at talkSPORT.com were echoing similar sentiments last year when Liverpool were four points clear at the top of the tree – and we all know how that ended.History dictates that the team which sits top of the pile on Christmas Day usually goes on to win the title, but the omens aren’t all great for the Reds.Incredibly, on only three occasions in the last ten years has a team failed to win the Premier League after topping the table at Christmas… and it was Liverpool every time. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool are top at Christmas for the third time in the last ten years Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ statement Its official. Liverpool will be top of the Premier League table at Christmas.Having won 15 of their 16 games this season, Reds fans from across the country will be eating their Christmas dinner with their club sitting pretty at the top of the table. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 1 on target stalemate appointed Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule targets Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future update In 2008/09, the Reds only lost two games all season but still finished behind eventual champions Manchester United – despite beating them 4-1 at Old Trafford near the end of the campaign.But the most infamous collapse undoubtedly came in 2014, with the Reds losing 2-0 at home to Chelsea thanks in part to a Steven Gerrard slip before throwing away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace.Last season, in one of the most nail-biting title races in Premier League history, Man City somehow managed to conjure up a winning streak to pip Liverpool by a point, despite the latter recording their best ever points tally.It surely couldn’t happen again. Could it? LATEST rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman PEP TALK Top at Christmas Liverpool have been top of the league at Christmas three times but never finished first in the Premier League 2008/09: Liverpool – finished second2009/10: Chelsea – 12010/11: Man United – 12011/12: Man City – 12012/13: Man United – 12013/14: Liverpool – 22014/15: Chelsea – 12015/16: Leicester – 12016/17: Chelsea – 12017/18: Man City – 12018/19: Liverpool – 2 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, beginning with Liverpool vs Watford at 12:30pm