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9/11 Responder With Rare Illness Makes Billboard Plea

'Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!'

(Newser) - A 9/11 first responder with kidney disease close to losing his New Jersey home is taking his plight public in a big way: through his website and a series of tri-state area billboards, the Record reports. "Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!" the signs outside MetLife Stadium... More »

Trump, Cruz Smooch on a Giant Cleveland Billboard

Anti-homophobia message in sign located near GOP convention site

(Newser) - First they painted a house across from the Westboro Baptist Church the colors of the rainbow. On Thursday the Planting Peace charity erected its next measure of support for the LGBT community: a giant billboard on West 25th Street in Cleveland showing Donald Trump and Ted Cruz about to smooch.... More »

This Billboard Has Scientologists Fuming

Couple hopes to reconnect with 'disconnected' children

(Newser) - The last words Phil Jones heard from his son were, "I never want to talk to you again." That's the Church of Scientology for you, he tells Today . "It's a cruel and vindictive organization." Both in their 60s, Phil and wife Willie were members... More »

Tiniest of Typos Looms Large on College Billboard

Yep, apostrophes matter, as the University of South Dakota has discovered

(Newser) - A University of South Dakota billboard erected east of Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 boasts that it's the "Best in the Dakota's," adding an apostrophe that shouldn't be there, the Argus Leader reports. The director of the university's marketing department tells the Leader that... More »

Tinder Doesn't Appreciate Billboards Linking It to STDs

Dating app wants AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboards taken down

(Newser) - Information on how to get free testing for diseases—great, right? Unless, perhaps, you're a dating app that's being linked to STDs. Tinder and Grindr aren't pleased with new AIDS Healthcare Foundation signage that's gone up around Los Angeles, showing not only where people can get... More »

'Suicidal' Mannequin Yanked After 911 Calls

Cops tried to talk billboard feature out of jumping

(Newser) - Brad Deery's billboard idea got plenty of attention for his car dealership but not quite the kind he had in mind: The Iowa man took down a mannequin from the sign after numerous motorists thought it was a person preparing to jump and called 911. The sign next to... More »

Denver Snuffing Out Marijuana Billboards

Pot sign-spinners annoy city council

(Newser) - The medical marijuana market in Denver is a little too competitive for the city council's liking. The council has voted 13-0 to ban the psychedelic billboards, sidewalk sign-twirlers, windshield leaflets, and other methods of outdoor advertising used by the city's many marijuana dispensaries, reports the Denver Post . Radio,... More »

Hanging Effigies Rattle Vegas

Some drivers feared they were real people

(Newser) - Two surprise billboards featuring hanging effigies nearly knocked Las Vegans off their game yesterday. Mannequins with nooses around their necks hung from both billboards, each on a major highway; they appeared to be some kind of jobless protest. "Dying for a job," said a hand-painted message on one... More »

Mexican Candidate Goes Topless in Ads

Congressional hopeful Natalia Juarez wants to 'wake up' voters

(Newser) - How do you wake up voters? If you're a female candidate you could whip off your top. That's the strategy of a philosophy professor who wants to be in Mexico's congress. Natalia Juarez, 34, gave her campaign a jolt by posing for a head-turning billboard ad with... More »

Billboard Equates Climate Believers to Crazy Killers

Heartland Institute ends ad campaign 'experiment'

(Newser) - A conservative think tank has pulled a controversial billboard that compared those who believe in global warming to deranged killers. The Heartland Institute was taking heavy flak for the digital sign in Chicago that featured a photo of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and the question, "I still believe in Global... More »

'Anti-Semitic' Hanukkah Vodka Ad Pulled

'Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing' slogan angers ADL

(Newser) - A New York City billboard selling cheap vodka with the slogan "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing" was taken down after a flood of complaints, including one from the Anti-Defamation League. "In a crude and offensive way of trying to make a point that their vodka is high quality and... More »

Mom Sues Over Daughter's Image on Abortion Billboard

She says photo agency violated agreement in allowing its use

(Newser) - A New Jersey mom is suing after her daughter ended up on an anti-abortion billboard in New York City, reports Adweek . Tricia Frasier called the use of her daughter's image by Life Always and its ad company "defamatory, unauthorized, and offensive," notes Courthouse News Service . The billboard... More »

Racial Anti-Abortion NYC Billboard Yanked

Ad targeting African-Americans sparked deluge of complaints

(Newser) - A New York City billboard that pictured a young black girl under the slogan "The most dangerous place for African-Americans is in the womb" was taken down after a single day. The outdoor advertising company involved said it was taken down for reasons of public safety after workers in... More »

Venice Bans Racy Julianne Moore Billboard

Nudes 'not appropriate' for St. Mark's Square

(Newser) - Actress Julianne Moore's suggestive photo for Bulgari is more peek-a-boo than bold, but it's still too risqué for Venice, which has barred the nudie billboard from St. Mark's Place. Moore's secrets are tucked away behind a roomy Bulgari bag and squishy lions cubs, but it's nevertheless inappropriate, ruled the town's... More »

Obama-Hitler Billboard Covered

Local Tea Party says they made a 'mistake'

(Newser) - The Iowa Tea Party group that plastered Obama's picture next to images of Hitler and Lenin on a billboard has papered over the ad. "The sign is now covered out of respect for other Tea Party people,” a rep tells the Globe Gazette . "The national Tea Party... More »

Sicilians See Red Over Pink Hitler Billboards

Ad offensive to our sensibilities: politicians

(Newser) - Giant billboards with Adolf Hitler wearing a pink uniform and a red heart in place of the swastika on his armband is driving Italians crazy. "Change Style—Don't Follow Your Leader," say the ads for a clothing line plastered in Palermo. A spokeswoman for the ad agency said... More »

Hate Obama? Tell Passing Motorists

Site sells anti-Obama billboards to angry Republicans

(Newser) - Are you an Atlanta-area conservative with a couple of thousand bucks to blow? Then why not give the highway of your choice a piece of your mind with your very own anti-Obama billboard? An anonymous conservative group has set up a website where, for $2,500 to $3,500, Obama... More »

NY Ads Crack Down on Saggy Pants

Pull 'em up, says disgusted Brooklyn senator

(Newser) - A Brooklyn politician has launched a billboard ad campaign slamming the growing cheekiness of saggy pants. "We're better than this!" screams the ads that urge residents to "Stop the Sag." The billboards feature photos of the backsides of two young men with pants so low that... More »

Latest ‘Miss Me Yet' Billboard: Jimmy Carter

'We need a good laugh after the theft of our liberty'

(Newser) - Following on the heels of the mysterious billboard with a photo of George W. Bush and the caption “Miss Me Yet?”, a blog unfriendly to President Obama’s expansive spending—and his health-reform plan, in particular—is claiming credit for a new one, this featuring Jimmy Carter. “We... More »

Japan Tests Billboards That See You, Adjust Ads

'Minority Report'-style technology scans passing faces

(Newser) - Some Japanese malls are already testing a personalized billboard technology eerily similar to the one seen in Minority Report. The new billboards, developed by Japanese electronic company NEC, scan the faces of passing shoppers, quickly determine their age and gender, and then display demographic-appropriate ads, the Daily Telegraph reports. More »

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