Talking Points: Skirt racers, rich libel, Chewbacca onboard

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But do they complement their legs?

Swedish train drivers, who face temperatures in the high 90s fahrenheit during the summer, found a novel way to keep cool when their company banned the wearing of shorts -- they started wearing skirts.

Arriva, operator of the Roslagsbanan line north of Stockholm, instilled a new dress code when it took over last year, allowing drivers to wear only long trousers or skirts. To protest the shorts ban, 13 male drivers began wearing company-approved skirts.

And the company doesn't seem to mind.

"Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva and the present uniforms do that. If the man only wants [to wear] a skirt then that is OK," Arriva communications manager Tomas Hedenius told Swedish newspaper Mitti. "To tell them to do something else would be discrimination."

What prompted a prince to sue for libel?

What do you do when you're mega rich and a magazine devoted to all things wealth doesn't let people know exactly just how wealthy you are? You sue them.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was listed on Forbes' annual "Rich List" as being the world's 26th richest billionaire with $20 billion. The prince claims that is wildly inaccurate, as he is worth more like $30 billion. He is suing the magazine for libel and a demonstrable bias against Saudis.

Why did they stop Chewbacca at the boarding gate?

The Transportation Security Administration briefly stopped "Star Wars" actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight in Denver to inspect his cane, which is shaped like one of the film franchise's iconic lightsabers. Mayhew portrayed the furry Wookie Chewbacca in four of the "Star Wars" motion pictures and a number of other performances.

Officials say Mayhew -- who stands over 7 feet tall -- was held up only a few minutes before being allowed through the security checkpoint with his cane.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner