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Free Pizza! What a Gas! Wednesday, March 26
After a Feb. 11 explosion at a natural gas well in Greene County, Pa., killed one worker, burned for four days and caused massive traffic jams and other inconveniences, the public relations response of well-owner Chevron was merely to give away …
Injudicious Wednesday, March 26
James Degorski, 41, serving life in prison for a cold-blooded mass murder during a botched restaurant robbery in Palatine, Ill., in 1993, was awarded $451,000 by a jury recently after a prison guard punched him in the face, necessitating complex …
Questionable Judgment Wednesday, March 26
Former star soccer goalie Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, serving 22 years in prison in Brazil for the murder of his girlfriend and feeding of part of her body to his dogs, was granted work-release in March by prison officials. The "work" assignment …
The Cutting Edge Wednesday, March 26
Among the filings published in November by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was Google's 2012 application covering a throat tattoo — actually a mobile skin "microphone" with lie-detecting capability, presumably to encourage truthfulness from …
Beauty Takes Pain Wednesday, March 26
Among the "secrets" revealed recently on a BBC television special on South America's beauty-queen obsession was one by Ms. Wi May Nava, first runner-up for Miss Venezuela 2013. Nava had a patch of plastic mesh sewn onto her tongue to create so much …
I Want Candy Wednesday, March 26
In February, an Iowa administrative law judge ruled it might be reasonable to accidentally damage a stubborn vending machine that ate your money — but not by commandeering a forklift, raising the vending machine 2 feet off the concrete floor, and …
Fine Points of Law Wednesday, March 26
In November, a New York appeals court approved a Rockland County judge's jury instructions, which had resulted in the jury's absolving Brittany Lahm of fault when she flipped her car on the New York Thruway, killing one passenger and injuring …
Life Is Too Long Wednesday, March 26
Among the websites whose stunning visual sophistication lies in stark contrast to their marginal importance in the world is "Carpets for Airports," apparently still the go-to site for viewing and judging worldwide air terminal floor coverings. …
Florida Selfies Wednesday, March 26
Spencer Toner, 79, was arrested for indecent exposure in a McDonald's parking lot in January in Bonita Springs, after a complainant said Toner was watching pornography on a laptop computer and masturbating (a downside of McDonald's early-on, …
THE BIG EMPTY Tuesday, March 25
Joy Leverette is filling the void of Downtown’s vacant soul with art.
 
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