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Quiksilver jumps on board with golf apparel

Golfers are not created equal. Especially the recreational ones.

Some must – absolutely must – dress like a touring pro. Others must – shamefully must – dress as outrageous as possible.

In between, you’ll find Quiksilver’s line of Amphibian shorts and polo shirts.

The company known for its surfing and skating apparel is venturing out on the links. And it’s not compromising its style.

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From left to right: Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matthew Dariano and Dominic Maciel. These boys with friend Clayton Howard were asked to turn their

American flag T-shirt case: Republican congressmen join legal flap over Cinco de Mayo incident at South Bay high school

Several conservative groups and 20 Republican members of Congress have jumped into the legal fray over a South Bay high school’s decision to order a group of students wearing American-flag adorned shirts to turn them inside out during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration.

In court papers, the legislators and legal groups urge the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a February ruling that found Live Oak High School administrators were within their legal rights to act against the flag-wearing students. The groups are siding with the students’ families, who have asked the 9th Circuit to rehear the case with an 11-judge panel.

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Elementary School Winner: Cole L. from Shipley’s Choice Elementary portrays that “Only dumb bunnies smoke.”

Winners of Smoking Stinks Student T-Shirt Design Contest Announced

The 19th annual Tobacco-Free Kids Week, held Feb. 9-15, enlisted schools and other youth-centered groups to reach kids with anti-tobacco activities that included the T-shirt design contest, anti-tobacco pledges, displays, trivia contests and murals. This year’s event saw 152 county groups hold anti-tobacco activities for almost 70,000 youths.

For the first time, Smoking Stinks sought community input for the winning T-shirt designs through online voting. There were 63 entries in the contest and more than 6,900 votes were cast for the favorite anti-tobacco T-shirt design in three categories: elementary, middle and high school age groups.

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‘Threatening’ ‘Game of Thrones’ T-shirt gets college professor suspended: Draconian?

Do you find this “Game of Thrones” T-shirt threatening? It merely bears the slogan of this season’s hot HBO series of swords, slayings, sex and dragons: “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”

Well, some ivory tower types at Bergen Community College apparently did.

According to our sister website, NJ.com, a professor there was placed on leave without pay after posting a picture of his daughter wearing the “Game of Thrones” T-shirt (seen below). The incident was first reported by Inside Higher Ed.

Francis Schmidt, a professor of arts and animation, posted a picture on Google+ of his daughter doing yoga in a shirt with the tagline, “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”

Jim Miller, the executive director for human resources at the college, saw the picture and asked Schmidt to meet with him and two other administrators over the “threatening email.” For this part, Schmidt believes he was targeted after filing a grievance against the college after being passed up for a sabbatical, NJ.com reported.

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A man armed with a note wearing a black T-shirt that read, "I have issues" robbed the U.S. Bank at 27000 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward this

Man wearing “I have issues” T-shirt robs Hayward bank

HAYWARD — A man armed with a note, wearing a black T-shirt that read “I have issues,” robbed a south Hayward bank this week, authorities said.

The suspect, who police said was caught on camera during the heist, walked into the U.S. Bank at 27000 Hesperian Boulevard about 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, approached a teller window and handed a bank employee a note demanding money, said Sgt. Eric Melendez.

The note indicated the suspect was armed and robbing the bank, police said. The man did not show a weapon during the robbery.

The teller complied and the suspect walked out of the bank through the front door.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic or white man in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 185 pounds.

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UC-Berkeley-themed T-shirts the student store should totally sell!

BY LILIA VEGA from dailycal.org 1. I don’t have anything against Stanford personally but I’m going to wear this shirt with derisive language toward it because it makes me feel like I’m being patriotic to my school. 2. What do you mean Golden Bears are extinct?! 3. Why are there five boba places on the same street? 4. […]

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Where Will ‘Boston Strong’ Go From Here?

When we began selling T-shirts the night of April 15th, 2013 — a shirt of blue and gold emblazoned with the words “Boston Strong” — we had no way of knowing how popular the shirts or the phrase would become. We set a humble goal with a simple promise: Sell 110 T-shirts in the next week and all net proceeds would be donated to those affected by the day’s tragic events.

There was no One Fund Boston, no similar fundraisers and, most disturbingly, no answers. Throughout the week, we watched each of those change before our eyes, for better or for worse.

We took orders for 37,000 T-shirts in that first week from our Emerson College dorm room, where the three of us were undergraduates at the time, amazed by the support our campaign found through social media. A campaign meant to last one week is still alive more than 52 weeks later, and our charity T-shirts have now raised more than one million dollars for The One Fund. We are so grateful to the thousands upon thousands who purchased T-shirts through our campaign.

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Allen West Is Selling Freedom T-Shirts on His Website

Remember Allen West? The former congressman and always defender of freedom who repped the 18 district by saying things such as “Women have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness” and called the Democratic Party a plantation and called President Obama a Marxist?

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Guy Wears a Different Band T-Shirt for 1,000 Days in a Row. Why? Because He Could!

Isac Walter from Echo Park, Los Angeles, loves his band T-shirts so much that he wore nothing else for 1,000 days straight. Well, there were a few exceptions, but for more or less 1,000 consecutive days he wore the tees without repeating a single band. Walter also created a Tumblr project to document the process – it’s called ‘Minor Thread’.
The home page of the Minor Thread blog states: ‘Click through and you can see Isac’s torso several hundred times, each time draped with a bit of fan memorabilia. He only revealed what he looked like from the neck up after the project was completed.’ And after the project, he also took a photograph with each of the 1,000 T-shirts placed neatly on a photo studio wall, just to show people what 1,000 blog posts look like in reality. It actually took him four days to arrange all the shirts and take the picture.

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Is ‘Made in the USA’ Always the Most Sustainable Choice?

This is a question many of us have wondered about. Seeing how the local movement is so closely associated with sustainability, at least when it comes to food, does that same closer-is-better reasoning hold when it comes to other products, such as clothing?
For starters, Steve Sexton challenged the local food argument in Freakonomics, in a post that has drawn a lot of criticism from locavores, including this smart piece by Tom Philpot. But still, he lands a number of valid points including the economies of scale argument and the fact that some places are better for growing potatoes than others. But probably the most important point he makes is that there are other considerations besides how far a product is shipped when determining how sustainable it is.

When it comes to clothing, there are other considerations to keep in mind. For example, how long an item of clothing will last determines how many times it will need to be replaced in a person’s lifetime.

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