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INNARDS Wednesday, November 19
The most challenging toys this holiday season may be the series of furry human innards from the U.S. firm I Heart Guts — not just a soft, cuddly pancreas, brain and prostate, but also a rectum. Each part is packaged with a cheekily written …
WEIRD SCENES Wednesday, November 19
Richard Shear, 28, was arrested in Muskegon County, Michigan, in October after an apparent violent episode with his mother and girlfriend. Shear allegedly threatened them, slashed an SUV tire, and tried to burn down their home with gasoline and a …
THE DISTRICT OF CALAMITY Wednesday, November 19
The Washington, D.C., school system last year declared Avery Gagliano, 13, a habitual truant whose parents somehow require special training to ensure her attendance. The eighth-grader was a straight-A student at Alice Deal Middle School, and a piano …
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, November 19
Daniel Rice, 21, on the lam from jailers in Muscatine, Iowa, was in nearby Rock Island, Illinois, according to his 911 call to emergency personnel there. Rice made his way to Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, where he thought he'd safely hole up, but …
BRIGHT IDEAS Wednesday, November 19
Neighbors in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville complained to the city recently about a resident who scattered hundreds of mothballs — more than 400 now, at least — around her front yard, even driving over them in her car to crush them open and …
THE OTHER WORLD SERIES Wednesday, November 19
In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team left standing, rewarded for months of grueling practices, to the cheers of adoring, frenzied fans. The "world series" of professional team computer games was settled on …
CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Wednesday, November 19
At one point, Carnell Alexander owed about $60,000 in child support for a kid he didn't father (according to a DNA test) and knew nothing about, but despite "successfully" challenging the claim 20 years ago, he still owes about $30,000. The mother, …
BRITS BEHAVING BRITISHLY BAD Wednesday, November 19
Literature professor Thomas Docherty was back at work in October following a nine-month suspension from the University of Warwick for "inappropriate sighing" during meetings with a senior colleague, along with "making ironic comments" and "negative …
NEW MATH Wednesday, November 19
More than 6 million students have downloaded the new iPhone app PhotoMath to solve Algebra I and Algebra II problems by pointing the phone's camera at a printed equation. The answer, and the explanation, quickly appear on a screen, as a teaching …
CELEBRITY MUSICALS Wednesday, November 19
In September in Hamburg, Germany, Charles Manson: Summer of Hate — The Musical, opened at Thalia Theater, covering the influences and failed musical career of the man convicted in the notorious 1969 Sharon Tate murders. I Am Stephon Marbury, a …
 
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