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Playboy Bunny Sign Stirs Controversy Along West Texas Road

Amina Munster/Getty Images(MARFA, Texas) -- A 40-foot tall neon Playboy bunny erected just outside  the high desert town of  Marfa, Texas, has stirred controversy among West Texas residents, with some calling the sign a work of art and others declaring  it an eyesore and a marketing ploy.

The Texas Department of Transportation has ordered that Playboy’s roadside artwork, called “Playboy Marfa,” be removed on the grounds that Playboy did not have a Texas license for outdoor advertising, never submitted a specific permit application for the sign, and that, furthermore,  the location did not qualify for a permit,  according to a statement the agency released to ABC News.

Marfa Mayor Dan Dunlap said it was not surprising that Playboy would try to promote its brand in a town long known as an art mecca, adding that perhaps Playboy’s was trying to create a new image for itself. Playboy’s website does refer to the company trying to “reimagine the iconic brand.”

“The exploitation of Playboy to try to tag on to Marfa seems to irritate a lot of people,” said Dunlap. “The Texas Department of Transportation is treading a thin line here. They decided it’s advertising, versus artwork, therefore, it falls into the category of signage.”

Playboy could not be reached for comment over the July 4 holiday weekend, but company representatives told the El Paso Times that Playboy had not violated any laws and would try to work with the Texas Department of Transportation to resolve its concerns. PR Consulting, which represents Playboy Enterprises, told the paper its legal counsel “was looking into the matter and hoped to resolve the issue satisfactorily and as quickly as possible.”

“Playboy Marfa” doesn’t stand alone in the pasture along Highway 90. Designed by New York artist Richard Phillips and Playboy’s creative director of special projects Neville Wakefield, it is part of a roadside installation that also includes a 1972 Dodge Charger, another American icon.

Dunlap said he suspected Playboy would fight against removing the sign.

“This is not the first time something like this happened,” Dunlap said. “Prada Marfa,” erected in 2005 on the same stretch of highway as “Playboy Marfa,” spoofed the luxury fashion house.

“Other artists come into town to set up shop. There is other artwork that’s outside city limits that is not permitted either. Personally, I don’t find the sign to be offensive.”

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Meghan McCain Reveals to 'Playboy': ‘I Love Sex’

Dustin Finkelstein/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- John McCain may have recently come to former running mate Sarah Palin’s defense, but in an interview with Playboy magazine, his daughter Meghan revealed still-simmering tensions between the McCain and Palin clans.

Meghan McCain told Playboy that a memoir written by Bristol Palin, Sarah’s daughter known for her teen pregnancy, was a “total lie.”

Bristol, she said, avoided her at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and “totally took off” when she saw Meghan across the room, lest Bristol be confronted about jabs she made about the McCain women in a recent memoir.

In her book Not Afraid of Life Bristol dings Meghan and mother Cindy McCain for having “so much Louis Vuitton luggage, so many cell phones, and so many constant helpers to do hair and makeup.” Bristol also writes of Meghan that after their first meeting she had the “sneaking suspicion that I might need to watch my back.”

“I saw her across the room,” Meghan, a conservative commenter on MSNBC, told Playboy of seeing Bristol at the correspondents’ dinner. “That girl biffed it fast, totally took off. All that stuff she wrote was a total lie. I have, like, one Louis Vuitton purse. She’s just young and confused and was thrust into all this. The media aren’t kind to her. But once someone signs up for Dancing with the Stars, it’s hard to sympathize.”

Meghan, who was interviewed for the magazine but did not pose nude, also revealed to Playboy that she “almost overdosed on Xanax,” the anti-anxiety drug, the day before the 2008 election.

“I gained a lot of weight,” she said of her time on the campaign trail, “because of Starbucks and Snickers.”

Meghan, who has departed from her father in her strong support of same-sex marriage, dismissed any rumors that she was gay. Using an obscene rhyme, she said was “strictly” straight, adding: “I can’t help it. I love sex and I love men.”

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Sickness Reported After Playboy Mansion Fundraiser

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his fiance, Crystal Harris. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The chance to party it up at the Playboy Mansion is one of the most coveted invitations in the world, but this ticket to paradise may have come with a painful parting gift.

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is investigating a suspected respiratory infection outbreak among attendees of the DOMAINfest Global Conference, which drew more than 700 people from around the world.

The main activities of the conference on Internet business, which ran Feb. 1-3, were held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., but many participants also attended events at other locations, including the famed Playboy Mansion, which is in Holmby Hills.

The health department issued a statement saying it is investigating the cause and source of the illness, and said that nothing indicated the suspected outbreak extended beyond the attendees of the conference.

Eighty conference guests were reported sick, and at least four participants were reportedly diagnosed with a mild form of Legionnaires disease, an illness characterized by fever, headaches and aches all over the body.

A Playboy spokesperson told ABC News they're cooperating with the Department of Public Health investigation.  

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