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RECENT AMERICAN SCENES Wednesday, September 17
A Washington State Patrol lieutenant pulled over a 28-year-old drunk driver on Aug. 9 in a logistically impressive arrest. The lieutenant, when he spotted the driver, happened to be in the 36-foot-long motor home converted to the department's mobile …
CHARMING Wednesday, September 17
Sarah Espinosa, 22, crashed into a fire station in New Hyde Park, New York, on Aug. 4, notable for the involvement of two factors — alcohol and the python draped around her neck. She was charged with having just stolen the snake from a Petco …
NOTW CLASSIC, August 2010 Wednesday, September 17
They Don't Make "Drug Lords" Like They Used To: Widely feared Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke was arrested in June 2010 and extradited to New York City after being picked up wearing women's clothes and a too-small 1970s-style Afro …
IT'S FACEBOOK'S WORLD NOW Wednesday, August 20
Up-and-coming Sicilian mobster Domenico Palazzotto, 28, was outed in August by Italy's L'Espresso magazine as the owner of an ineffectively pseudonymous Facebook page showing off his muscled, bare-chested body and perhaps recruiting members. One fan …
CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Wednesday, August 20
A jury's murder conviction, and the 15-to-life sentence it carried, against Daniel Floyd in Brooklyn, New York, for a 2008 killing went for naught in July when the Brooklyn Supreme Court ordered a retrial (with witnesses forced to testify all over …
I (HEART) STRANGERS Wednesday, August 20
Two 30-something men knocked on the door of a Sebastian, Texas, woman's home at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, asking for water and if they could please come inside to charge their cellphone — and the woman apparently cheerfully invited them in, later …
TAKE UP A HOBBY Wednesday, August 20
One of the emerging occupational skills for emergency medical technicians, according to first responders interviewed in a June Wall Street Journal feature, is to hold up blankets at accident scenes — to block onlookers from their apparently …
NOT A MIGHTY WIND Wednesday, August 20
University of Texas at Arlington researchers announced that they'd developed a prototype of a wind turbine that might deliver electricity in tiny bursts to devices like smartphones — since it's about half the size of a grain of rice. (Tiny solar …
BIONIC SHOES Wednesday, October 15
Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company’s signature “tosatsu shoes” — shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at home to ask them to hand in the shoes (but, out of fairness, said they wouldn’t cause trouble for customers who could produce a legitimate reason for needing to take photographs and video by pointing the shoe at something).
ANGER MANAGEMENT CANDIDATE Wednesday, August 20
The throat of a 40-year-old man was slashed in August in Laurel, Montana, in a fatal fight with an acquaintance over which military service — Army or Marines — is better. (News reports failed to identify the "winning" branch.)
 
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