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DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Wednesday, August 13
Steve Grossman, Massachusetts' state treasurer, who's running for governor, performed heroically at a March candidate forum. The Boston Globe reported Grossman "fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights [to] sex education …
FAKIN' IT Wednesday, August 13
Steve Wiles got only 28 percent of the vote in his
SAY WHAT? Wednesday, August 13
The Alaskan government is scrambling to fulfill its obligation to welcome native communities' votes on a state tax resolution in August. That means paying translators (at up to $50 a hour) to set out the measure for communities using the languages …
NOT MY FAULT Wednesday, August 13
Tom Lakin is challenging State Farm in a St. Clair County, Illinois, courtroom, claiming the sexual abuse he was convicted of was "unintentional" and therefore his homeowners' insurance ought to have covered any claims by the victim. State Farm, and …
REDNECK CHRONICLES Wednesday, August 13
A man was hospitalized in Shreveport, in June after he was blown away by a wind gust as he held onto a mattress in the bed of a pickup truck on I-49. He suffered road burn and fractures.
HOOSEGOW NOOKIE Wednesday, August 13
In July, Italian news agency ANSA reported Italy's San Vittore prison in Milan is scheduling regular "happy hour" socials for female inmates — catered, with alcohol, and with "external" guests welcome, to the displeasure of the prison guards' …
NEW WORLD ORDER Wednesday, August 13
Among the foods "you wouldn't even eat if trapped on a desert island" in a May London Daily Mirror item: canned cheeseburger (Germany), canned whole chicken (Sweet Sue brand of USA), canned peanut butter and jelly sandwich (Mark One Foods of USA), …
SMELLS LIKE LUV Wednesday, August 13
The first "pheromone party" is said to have been staged in New York City in 2010; the concept was revived recently in London, as men and women each brought three used, unwashed, un-fragranced T-shirts in plastic bags as the price of admission (along …
CAN JIMMY COME OUT? Wednesday, August 13
James Jordan Sr. died in Brooklyn, New York, in 2006, but NYPD officers have barged into his family's home 12 times since then — four in 2014 alone — seeking him on various charges. His widow, Karen Jordan, even taped his death certificate to …
A NOTW Classic (January 2010) Wednesday, August 13
In November 2009, a Chicago judge ruled former firefighter Jeffrey Boyle is entitled to his $50,000 annual pension even though he'd pleaded guilty to eight counts of arson and allegedly confessed to 12 more. Boyle is known locally as "Matches" Boyle …
 
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