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NEW NORMAL Wednesday, October 22
Just in time for California’s new law requiring explicit consent for students’ sexual activities is the free iPhone/Google app Good2Go, which developer Lee Ann Allman promises will simplify the consent process (and even document it). As described in a September Slate report, Good2Go requires the initiator to send the prospective partner to at least four smartphone screens, wait for a text message,
RECURRING THEME Wednesday, December 17
Two men were arrested easily in Silver City, New Mexico, in December. Thieves broke into Javalina Coffee House downtown and dragged away the ATM behind their truck. With the help of a witness — and especially gouge marks in the street running from …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, September 24
New Orleans Juvenile Court Judge Yolanda King, already indicted for falsifying her home address in her 2013 campaign for office, was spotted by a Times-Picayune reporter on Aug. 20 filing three registration papers for the Nov. 4 election in which she swore (under oath) to three different addresses — two of which appeared to be clearly erroneous.
HARSH REALITY Wednesday, October 22
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell manages his own fantasy league team by “drafting” NFL players for virtual competitions based on their real-life statistics of the previous weekend. Donnell lamented to New Jersey’s The Record in October that he had benched virtual “Larry Donnell” on his fantasy team the week before because he thought his other tight end (“Vernon Davis”) would do better.
ARMED AND CLUMSY (ALL-NEW!) Wednesday, December 17
Ralik Hansen, 28, suspected in a dramatic New York City jewelry robbery, heard a knock at the door of a Brooklyn home in October, squeezed down under a couch and accidentally shot himself to death. He thought he was hiding from police; it was a …
FROM OUR COLD DEAD HANDS Wednesday, September 24
As part of a nationwide distribution of surplus military equipment, 10 Texas school districts acquired a total of 64 M-16 rifles, 18 M-14s, 25 automatic pistols and magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition. District officials referred generally to the need to protect against school attacks such as the notorious incidents in Colorado and Connecticut, but a local Houston area police chief, seeking to reassure a nervous public, promised the equipment would be used only by tactically trained officers and that, otherwise, would be locked in the department’s armory.
KARMA’S A BITCH Wednesday, October 22
In August, the Tampa Bay Times reported a dispute in Dunedin, Florida, between 12-year-old lemonade-stand operator T.J. Guerrero and an adult neighbor, Doug Wilkey, trying to close him down as an unlicensed entrepreneur, despite T.J.’s business plan for assisting his favorite animal shelter. Of course, T.J.
When Mayor Alvin Brown called me after the City Council approved a long-debated pension deal 16-3, he was in an expansive mood. And why wouldn't he be? He'd just scored the biggest victory of his administration. He did the requisites: He lauded …
FINE POINTS OF THE LAW Wednesday, September 24
In July, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Detroit, ruling on a judicial corruption complaint, managed to describe the actions of a Michigan state judge, “Hon.” Wade McCree, as “often reprehensible” — in that he had been carrying on a romantic affair with a woman involved in a child custody case he was judging.
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL Wednesday, October 22
“My Friends, I Am a Man of Action!”: Roger Weber, running for a Minnesota House seat in November, is being sued by a neighbor over a property-line dispute near Nashwauk. Rather than working with an arbitrator or mediator, Weber in 2013 took a chain saw and sliced the large, two-car garage completely in half — Weber says half sat on his property and half on the neighbor’s.
 
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