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It started innocently enough. “DTF?” I asked. I was pretty sure Johnny — like the others in this story, not his real name — wouldn’t be offended by my forwardness. …
When I left Jacksonville for San Francisco more than a half-decade ago, my life-stage resembled that of many other transplants in my new city: early 20s, fresh from grad school, passionately liberal, …
REGGIE FULLWOOD AND THE $325K CHECKMARK Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A paperwork error leads to an expensive special election and a whole lot of chaos
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THE NAZIS, THE CUMMER & THE ART OF THE STEAL Wednesday, December 10, 2014
What happened after the Cummer discovered that one of its most treasured paintings had been stolen by the Nazis during WWII, and now the rightful owners wanted it back.
DYING TO GET A DATE Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Like many in society's subgroups, people who work in "death" industries or professions in the U.K. may believe it difficult to reach "like-minded" suitors. Hence, Carla Valentine established Dead Meet earlier this year and told Vice.com in October …
BARREN TRUTH Wednesday, December 17, 2014
India's Orissa state has established "health camps" to facilitate mass sterilizations to help control the booming population, but procedures were halted in November when Dr. Mahesh Chandra Rout matter-of-factly told BBC News that camps routinely …
DAMN HARD DESSERT Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Food and Veterinary Administration of Denmark shut down the food supplier Nordic Ingredients in November after learning that it used an ordinary cement mixer to prepare gelatin products for nursing home and hospital patients unable to swallow …
QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENT Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Maryland's Assistant Attorney General Karen Straughn issued an official warning for consumers to watch out for what may be called "the $100 bill on the windshield" scam, i.e., if you see a $100 bill tucked under your wiper, do not try to retrieve …
CIVIC LESSON Wednesday, December 17, 2014
North Hempstead, New York, enforces its dog-littering ordinance with steep $250 fines and street-sign warnings displaying the amount. However, insiders have long known that the signs are wrong — that the written regulation calls for fines of only …