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DUBIOUS HONOR Wednesday, July 30
The federal food stamp program, apparently rife with waste, has resorted to giving financial awards to the states that misspend food stamp money the least. In July, the Florida Department of Children & Families, beaming with pride, announced it had …
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. ... …
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Wednesday, September 24
The “trendy” 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, beside the Berlin Zoo and with some of the best views of the city from its floor-to-ceiling windows, has famously positioned the restrooms of its Monkey Bar in front of the windows, also, and those heeding nature’s call are clearly visible to gawkers. Guests are merely warned, by the Trip Advisor website and by the hotel itself, with the admonition, “Please be careful. Not only the monkeys are watching.”
READY? OK! Wednesday, July 9
The county Association of Governments in Phoenix notified Diane "DD" Barker recently that she could continue to address association meetings as a community activist, but was to cease introducing her remarks by performing cartwheels, as she …
HOW IT WORKS Wednesday, July 30
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration came down hard in July on West Virginia's Freedom Industries for violating chemical safety standards in January, resulting in a 10-day contamination of drinking water for 300,000 residents. OSHA …
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 …
JUST IN CASE Wednesday, September 24
China’s insurance companies offer some of the world’s quirkiest policies, according to a September Reuters item from Hong Kong. People’s Insurance Group, for example, will pay out in case a customer’s children display disappointingly “mischievous and destructive” habits. The Ancheng company offers a policy protecting a customer in case his mouth is burned eating “hotpot.”
LEAST COMPETENT BISHOP Wednesday, July 9
In a May deposition on a priest-child sex abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, then-auxiliary bishop Robert Carlson said he was "not sure" in 1984 if he "knew it was a crime or not" for an adult to engage in …
… BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE Wednesday, July 30
Critics praised bad-girl British artist Tracey Emin's 1998 furniture-and-effects exhibit, "My Bed," supposedly representing a failed romantic relationship, featuring mussed sheets and, around the room, empty vodka bottles and used condoms. Prominent …
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 …
 
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