FLUBBER DUCKY Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 54-foot-tall rubber duck is seen in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, on May 2 (top); after it suffered structural damage (middle); and finally, flat as a deflated souffle on Tuesday. Police are looking to question Bert the Muppet, who was seen fleeing the scene with a giant needle. (Photos: Bobby Yip / Reuters [top]; Tyrone Siu / Reuters [middle]; and Vincent Yu / AP via NBCNews.com)
DE-STRUCTURE A large crane on Tuesday tore down a roller coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J., that had been in the ocean for six months since superstorm Sandy. (Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)
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“There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls. Disney marketing and the powers that be that allow them to do such things should be ashamed of themselves.
… I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida. When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”
— BRENDA CHAPMAN, creator of the animated feature Brave, on the company’s “blatantly sexist” reboot of the main character, Merida.
New Orleans police searched on Monday for the gunmen who wounded 19 people, including two children, at a Mother’s Day parade, a police spokesman said.
Ten men, seven women, and a girl and a boy both age 10, were hit when gunmen opened fire at the parade on Sunday. Police said they were looking for three suspects, adding that a motive for the shooting was unknown.
The New York Times, “Privacy Breach on Bloomberg Terminals.”