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PERSPECTIVE Wednesday, August 6
Jeff Mizanskey, 61, is a poster child for one well-known criticism of mandatory-minimum sentencing laws — that nonviolent marijuana users (and small-time sellers) may wind up doing decades of hard time and in fact more time than some sociopathic …
WEIRD OLD WORLD Wednesday, August 6
Unconventional Food Prep: Leaked photographs taken by an undercover health and safety officer at China's Tongcheng Rice Noodle Factory in Dongguan city in June show workers in street clothes casually walking back and forth atop piles of vermicelli …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, August 6
Werner Purkhart, who's been running a "silent disco" in Salzburg, Austria, for four years, was denied renewal of his business permit in July, supposedly because his parties were too loud. At a silent disco, each dancer wears headphones to hear …
SLEEP IT OFF Wednesday, August 6
"The Chinese fondness for napping in odd places is a well-documented phenomenon, one that's spawned a popular website and even a book," wrote The Wall Street Journal in a July dispatch. In a recent photo essay, a Getty Images photographer captured a …
ALL IN THE FAMILY Wednesday, August 6
Five siblings in a rural Turkish family near the Syrian border were discovered by researchers in 2005 to be natural, fluid quadruped walkers (hands and feet to the ground, rear ends up), which was then thought possibly to mark the first known …
AND CARRY A BIG … Wednesday, August 6
Moscow Times reported the arrest of "Tomas" in Moscow in March for allegedly stealing a mobile phone, noting he was referred to adult court even though family members claim he's only 13. Officials decided he must be at least 16, based on medical …
YER KILLIN' ME! Wednesday, August 6
In May, Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News reported a 62-year-old man on an Istanbul TV dating show said he was just "an honest person looking for a new wife" — while casually mentioning he'd served two prison terms, one for murdering one wife and the …
DRESSING ON THE SIDE Wednesday, August 6
Alonzo Liverman, 29, was arrested in June in a Daytona Beach police sting on prostitutes' johns. "I'm hungry," was the female officer's come-on. Responded Liverman, "I got a salad." Even though no salad was found on Liverman, police determined the …
THE JUSTICE ANGLE Wednesday, August 6
In the midst of the city of Detroit's water crackdown — shutting off spigots of residents delinquent on their bills — the Council of Canadians has come to the rescue. First, the council pressed the United Nations to label Detroit's program a …
ADVERTISING AS A WEAPON Wednesday, August 6
Ms. Ajanaffy Njewadda and her husband recently filed a lawsuit against New York City's transit authority (MTA) following her tumble down some stairs at a subway station (causing a broken ankle, concussion and lingering trauma requiring psychiatric …
 
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