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Robert Kiefer, 25, was arrested in Akron, Ohio, in February after losing his composure over an expected check that hadn't arrived in the mail. Rather than complain to the check issuer, Kiefer did as others have done in NOTW's experience — he …
AQUARIUS: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  Starting in 1798, European cartographers who drew maps of West Africa included the Mountains of Kong, a range of peaks extending more than 1,000 miles east and west. It was 90 years before …
In February, East Detroit High School swim instructor Johnathan Sails, 24, sitting poolside, dived in to help a drowning student — but only after first going to the locker room to change from his street clothes. He was charged with involuntary …
BOYS WILL BE BOYS Wednesday, June 18
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, tracking down a call about a missing 3-year-old boy downtown, located him in the type of place where other toddlers have turned up after briefly escaping the sight of their parents: inside a toy vending machine. The boy …
POLICE YOURSELF, COPPER Wednesday, June 18
In the second such incident noted here in four months, an overenthusiastic police officer handcuffed and detained a firefighter working a 911 call, ostensibly because the firefighter refused to stop and move his fire truck to the officer's …
TAURUS: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  Bananas grow in Iceland, a country that borders the Arctic Ocean. About 700 plants thrive in a large greenhouse heated by geothermal energy. They don’t mature as fast as bananas in …
READERS' CHOICE Wednesday, May 14
In a popular April "viral" Internet news story, three young men were spotted on late-night surveillance video at a drinking-water reservoir near Portland, Oregon, with one of them relieving himself into the 38-million-gallon facility. Utility …
GIT ALONG, LITTLE SHLOMOS Wednesday, June 18
Orthodox Judaism requires a divorcing spouse to obtain the permission of the other via a document called a "get," leaving much power in the hands of the responding spouse — and leading to an occasional resort to trickery or violence to persuade an …
GEMINI: July 16-21 Tuesday, July 15
  At a cafe, I overheard two people at the next table talking about astrology. “I think the problem-solvers of the zodiac are Cancers and Capricorns,” said a young, moon-faced …
FOR THE BIRDS Wednesday, June 18
Emergency crews in the U.K. once again came under criticism in June when dozens of police and firefighters, in three trucks and using a cherry-picker, blocked off a busy street in Cheltenham for an hour so they could rescue and release a bird (a …
 
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