Bob Dylan's toilet smell blows in the wind

By Alex Dobuzinskis

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 17, 2009 at 5:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES,(Reuters) - Bob Dylan has sung about
wind many times -- winds of change, the "Idiot Wind," and the
winds that hit heavy on the borderline.

But some of his California neighborsTuesday were
singing a new tune about what is blowin' in the wind from his
Malibu toilet.

A family living near the 67-year-old folk and rock icon's
house in the posh California beachside community of Malibu have
complained to city officials about an outdoor portable toilet,
which is apparently used by guards on Dylan's compound.

Cindy and David Emminger say the toilet wafts fumes from
waste treatment chemicals, and that the smell carried by
breezes from the Pacific Ocean makes their family feel ill.

"It's a scandal - 'Mr Civil Rights' is killing our civil
rights," David Emminger told the Los Angeles Times.

A helicopter from a local television station hovered over
Dylan's property this week, capturing video of the offending

But Malibu Mayor Andy Stern said other neighbors report
smelling nothing from the toilet, and that he has left the
matter to the enforcers of the city's code on objectionable

"I really have not involved myself in Bob Dylan's toilet,
and by the way I haven't involved myself in anyone else's
toilet in Malibu," Stern told Reuters.

A spokesman for Dylan did not return calls.

Dylan, whose latest album "Together Through Life" is due
out April 28, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1988. His hit songs include "Like a Rolling Stone,"
"All Along the Watchtower" and "Blowin' In the Wind."
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Jill Serjeant and
Cynthia Osterman)

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