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RAVE ON, DUDE Wednesday, August 27
Rayvon Campos, 22, pleaded guilty in San Antonio in August to first-degree felony assault of his 1-month-old daughter that resulted in brain hemorrhaging. Nonetheless, he reassured the judge, "This is the first time I've ever been in trouble. ... …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
IT'S FACEBOOK'S WORLD NOW Wednesday, August 20
Up-and-coming Sicilian mobster Domenico Palazzotto, 28, was outed in August by Italy's L'Espresso magazine as the owner of an ineffectively pseudonymous Facebook page showing off his muscled, bare-chested body and perhaps recruiting members. One fan …
CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Wednesday, August 20
A jury's murder conviction, and the 15-to-life sentence it carried, against Daniel Floyd in Brooklyn, New York, for a 2008 killing went for naught in July when the Brooklyn Supreme Court ordered a retrial (with witnesses forced to testify all over …
I (HEART) STRANGERS Wednesday, August 20
Two 30-something men knocked on the door of a Sebastian, Texas, woman's home at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, asking for water and if they could please come inside to charge their cellphone — and the woman apparently cheerfully invited them in, later …
TAKE UP A HOBBY Wednesday, August 20
One of the emerging occupational skills for emergency medical technicians, according to first responders interviewed in a June Wall Street Journal feature, is to hold up blankets at accident scenes — to block onlookers from their apparently …
NOT A MIGHTY WIND Wednesday, August 20
University of Texas at Arlington researchers announced that they'd developed a prototype of a wind turbine that might deliver electricity in tiny bursts to devices like smartphones — since it's about half the size of a grain of rice. (Tiny solar …
 
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