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HOW IT WORKS Wednesday, July 30
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration came down hard in July on West Virginia's Freedom Industries for violating chemical safety standards in January, resulting in a 10-day contamination of drinking water for 300,000 residents. OSHA …
NEVER SAW IT Wednesday, August 27
A fire hydrant at 393 University Ave. has brought in more parking ticket revenue (since 2008) than any other hydrant in Toronto — $289,620 on 2,962 violations, according to an August Toronto Star report. While hydrants are usually located at …
LEAST COMPETENT BISHOP Wednesday, July 9
In a May deposition on a priest-child sex abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, then-auxiliary bishop Robert Carlson said he was "not sure" in 1984 if he "knew it was a crime or not" for an adult to engage in …
… BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE Wednesday, July 30
Critics praised bad-girl British artist Tracey Emin's 1998 furniture-and-effects exhibit, "My Bed," supposedly representing a failed romantic relationship, featuring mussed sheets and, around the room, empty vodka bottles and used condoms. Prominent …
SOOTHING THE SAVAGE BEAST Wednesday, August 27
A woman hiking in Down Valley Park near Placerville, Colorado, told Denver's KUSA-TV in August of her narrow escape from a mountain lion that had stalked her for a half-hour (crouching menacingly each time she attempted to retreat). At the closest …
JUST LIKE THE POEM! Wednesday, July 30
In July, a large cement "Humpty Dumpty" at Salem, Oregon's Enchanted Forest, made by Roger Tofte in 1970, was ruined when two intruders tried to climb the wall Humpty sat on. The wall crumbled and Humpty suffered a great fall. Tofte said he doubted …
POLICE REPORT Wednesday, August 27
Arrest Him at Your Peril: In July, a jury in Brooklyn, New York, awarded Kevin Jarman, 50, $510,000 from the city for the broken ankle he suffered during his arrest for shoplifting in May 2011 (a charge to which he eventually pleaded guilty). Among …
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! Wednesday, July 30
Sheriff's deputies in Salina, Kansas, arrested Aaron Jansen, 29, after he put on quite a show
I WANT MY CABLE DAMMIT Wednesday, August 27
Gloria Baca-Lucero, 48, was arrested in Albuquerque in July after allegedly holding a Comcast cable installer's tool bag at gunpoint in her home. She said she believed her service call was free, but the installer told her otherwise, and she …
 
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