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HIPPO CAMPUS Wednesday, July 23
The African hippopotamus is not found in South America — except for an estimated 50 or so that, confusingly to natives, roam the Colombian countryside from Bogota to Medellin. The beasts are the progeny of four smuggled in 30 years ago by cocaine …
PAYBACK'S A BITCH Wednesday, July 23
A former city official in Ridgewood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in July to stealing nearly 2 million quarters collected from parking meters — his crime went unnoticed for two years. Under a plea deal, Thomas Rica will likely be spared jail, …
INSIDE JOB Wednesday, July 23
In July, New York City prosecutors accused a former pharmacist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital of stealing nearly 200,000 oxycodone-strength pain pills over five years, despite his increasingly far-fetched explanations. Anthony D'Alessandro even …
SEND IN THE LAWYER Wednesday, July 23
British lawyer Gary Stocker, 30, was headed to
WAIT … WHAT? Wednesday, July 23
Kimberly Williams, 46, was convicted in April in Will County, Illinois, of beating dominatrix Theresa Washington with a baseball bat. Williams admitted to the judge she'd hired Washington, but only because she wanted a "slave" to take pictures of …
FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS Wednesday, July 23
U.S. obesity continues to grow — for pets as well as people — and exercise innovations for humans seem to trickle down to dogs. A July Associated Press report noted fat Labradors and poodles now have Pilates ("pawlates") and yoga ("doga") and …
THE NEW NORMAL Wednesday, July 23
Since high-rise residents value their privacy, Lisa Pleiss of Seattle said she was frightened on June 22 when she saw a drone hovering outside her 26th-floor window: "You don't expect to be walking around indecent in your apartment and then have …
In June, as Elizabeth Neufeld, 85, backed her car out of her driveway in Bel Air, California, it tipped on a curve and rolled onto its side. Elizabeth wasn't hurt, but was trapped inside while her husband, Benjamin, 87, got out on his own. As they …
FAILED TO KEEP A LOW PROFILE Wednesday, July 23
Jacob Close, 25, wanted after jumping bail in New York on a drug charge, but recently on Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University police's radar screen after it was rumored he was in the area, was arrested by campus cops in June. Close's name and …
DOGGONE SAFETY NUTS Wednesday, July 23
By now, many in the United Kingdom have such exaggerated concern for "health and safety" they're sensitive to even the tiniest, most far-fetched risks. In June, dog show organizers in Keswick made a list of 25 tests for dogs to perform in …
 
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