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IRONIES Wednesday, September 10
In August, a criminology professor at Rome's La Sapienza University arranged a two-hour guest lecture on "emergency practices" by an "experienced" hand — Francesco Schettino, the captain currently on trial in Italy for his role in the sinking of …
BRIGHT IDEA Wednesday, September 10
Bradley Hardison, 24, on the lam in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina, area from two break-in charges, nonetheless decided to enter a newsworthy contest in August — a public "doughnut-eating" competition, in which police officers and firefighters …
RECURRING THEME Wednesday, September 10
Raymond Betson became the most recent perp (in July in Swanley, England) to intend to break into a store (this time, a money-lending store) by ramming the wall with a digger — but broke through the wrong wall (and then another wrong wall after …
READERS' CHOICE Wednesday, September 10
The tornado that ripped through Kingsport, Tennessee, on July 27 damaged Jerrod Christian's house, leaving furniture and tools strewn about his lawn. Unfortunately, according to police who filed four charges against him the next day, some of the …
RED SPACES Wednesday, September 10
Russian researchers launched several critters into space on July 19, including a male and four female geckos (to follow their mating capabilities), but by July 25 reported they had lost contact with the satellite, drawing comical concern (most …
ROAD RAGE? ROAD MURDER Wednesday, August 27
German truck driver Michael Harry K., 58, went to trial in August in Wuerzburg, Bavaria, charged with firing a gun toward drivers more than 700 times in five years, displeased with their poor road habits. He never actually hit anyone (but police …
IMMATURE Wednesday, August 27
Princeton University professor John Mulvey, 67 (who teaches financial engineering applications), was charged in July with stealing 21 yard signs around the town of Princeton — signs for a computer repair business owned by a man with whom he was …
FORE! Wednesday, August 27
Nathan McCoy, 21, sought by police near Boise, Idaho, in July on a probation violation, took off running, forcing officers to chase him onto the Eagle Hills Golf Course. McCoy sought "refuge" in a pond, standing waist-deep as deputies tried to coax …
THE NEW NORMAL Wednesday, August 27
In 2010, the village of West Lafayette, Ohio, barred residents from keeping fowl and farm animals, but Iraq war veteran Darin Welker, 36, believes his post-war depression and trauma are unusually well-assisted now that he has befriended 14 pet ducks …
PERSPECTIVE Wednesday, August 27
"Streamers," according to workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in California's Mojave Desert, are birds that cross the path of the 300,000 garage-door-sized mirrors that magnify the sun's rays on their way to producing steam to power 140,000 …
 
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