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DOG WEED Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Police in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, announced in November they intercepted a shipment of 30 pounds of marijuana that was loosely packaged and shipped from California through the U.S. Postal Service; an investigation was underway with arrests …
HOLD MY BEER, OCCIFER Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Most recent drunk driver to hit a pedestrian, lodge the victim's body in the windshield and drive on, seemingly oblivious: Marcos Ortega, 33, in Ocean Township, New Jersey, in November; the 66-year-old victim did not survive.
WORLD OF WAYNES Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Arrested recently, waiting trial for murder: Jason Wayne Autry, Holladay, Tenn., April; Dennis Wayne Brooks, Robertsville, Mo., Nov.; Jimmy Wayne Estes, Charlotte, N.C., June; Jestin Wayne Hooker, Lubbock, Texas, July; Walter Wayne Howard, Portland, …
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 …
SO NOT PUNNY Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A November order from China's State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television appears to impose a ban on the use of all idioms — including puns — as part of the government's crackdown on nonstandard language, especially …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A 34-year-old man was arrested at a Tesco supermarket in Bar Hill, England, on Nov. 12 when he entered the store and threatened employees by showing them a photograph of a gun.