The desert sands of the Arabian Peninsula are fine-grained and smooth — unable to be used in manufacturing or, especially, the concrete industry crucial to the massive upscale developments in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries.
Employees of Marshalls department store in Longmont, Colorado, said they’d been hearing noises but were unable to locate the source for several days until finally, on Nov. 10, they summoned firefighters, who tore out an interior wall and freed a weak, injured Paul Felyk, 35, who’d been trapped between that wall and an exterior wall after falling through the roof. A scrawled note near him was three days old. Burglary charges were filed against Felyk, who has a substantial rap sheet.
“Dwarf Stripper Gets Bride Pregnant on Her (Bachelorette) Night,” an October report on LasCincoDelDia website in Spain, after the husband was surprised “his” wedding-night consummation resulted in a baby born with dwarfism.
Condemned California inmate Steven Homick, 74, finally took his last breath on Nov. 5 — more than 29 years after committing the two murders that put him on Death Row. However, Homick died of natural causes (the 65th condemned California man to go like that in the last 35 years).
In a $460,000 police-brutality settlement with the city of Birmingham, Alabama, in October, plaintiff Anthony Warren will receive $1,000, with the rest going to his lawyers. The un-angelic Anthony is serving 20 years for running over an officer during a high-speed car chase in 2008; he took a beating once officers caught him.
The owner of the world’s largest corn maze (63 acres), at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, California, told Sacramento’s KOVR-TV in October that “several” times this season, visitors called 911 to help them out of the maze. Said owner Matt Cooley, “When it’s dark, all you see is corn.”
In October, The Gothamist news site reported bicyclist John Roemer, who was rear-ended by a driver in Brooklyn in May (and whose intensive-care bill was paid by the driver’s insurance company), is now being sued by the driver in small claims court for $2,000 damage to her car.
The law finally caught up, partially, to squatter Darrell Beatty in September, as he was charged with grand larceny for forging a deed to a home owned by Jennifer Merin, 70, in Laurelton, New York. He bailed out of jail on Oct. 22 and went straight to the house. In fact, Beatty’s two sons had remained “at home” while Beatty was locked up. The home has been in Merin’s family since 1930. “Mind-boggling,” she said.
The Washington, D.C., restaurant Second State recently added an accessory to its bar menu — “hand-cut rock,” i.e., “artisanal” ice, for a buck extra (but free in premium drinks).
David Van Vleet asked for certain supposedly public records in Tacoma, Washington, and was forced into federal court when the city turned him down. Van Vleet wanted data from the city licenses of strip club employees (dancers’ stage and real names, date of birth, etc.) so he could pray for them individually, by name, to make his appeals more effective. In October, Judge Ronald Leighton denied Van Vleet a temporary restraining order against the city.