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BUT SHE HAS A GREAT PERSONALITY Wednesday, October 15
The South American country of Venezuela, already in a recession, suffered a particularly cruel blow (according to a September Associated Press dispatch from Caracas) with a recent shortage in availability of breast implants for its beauty-obsessed senoritas. Restrictive currency controls are limiting enhancement surgeries from the 85,000 performed last year and, according to a local joke, will force Venezuelan women to start developing their personalities. However, according to leading surgeon Dr. Daniel Slobodianik, when potential patients are told their preferred size implant is back-ordered, many merely choose the next-largest available size.
FLORIDUH Wednesday, November 12
Florida is known for its "stand your ground" defense to the use of deadly force, and to the pro-gun interpretation given it by some judges and juries. The state legislature has enacted an unusually severe penalty for any "aggravated assault" that …
FIRST, DO HARM Wednesday, December 10
In November, according to the deputy police commissioner in Calcutta, India, a group of student doctors at Nilratan Sarkar Medical College cornered, beat, maimed and eventually killed a man they suspected of rummaging through their belongings and …
In September, at the annual 10-day Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand (said to promote abstinence from eating meat), dozens of men pierced and sliced their mouths, cheeks and arms
HEAL? HELL NO Wednesday, December 10
Despite a 70-year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision to the contrary, six states still have laws exempting parents from homicide charges when they deny a child life-saving medical care because they trust no remedy except prayer. Even among those …
On the same day in September, Washington, D.C., and New York City made traffic-camera announcements, with Washington declaring a revenue crisis and New York saying just one speed camera in Brooklyn had earned the city $77,550 in a single day. D.C. had projected $93 million in annual camera income, but estimated it would collect only $26 million, while New York City, with fewer cameras, was marveling at the 1,551 tickets the Brooklyn camera zapped on July 7.
PLAY HURT Wednesday, November 12
Brad Culpepper played defensive tackle for nine NFL seasons and applied for disability when he
DOG WEED Wednesday, December 10
Police in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, announced in November they intercepted a shipment of 30 pounds of marijuana that was loosely packaged and shipped from California through the U.S. Postal Service; an investigation was underway with arrests …
AMERICAN SCENES Wednesday, October 15
Staci Anne Spence, 42, was hauled to jail for assault in Sandpoint, Idaho,in September, but when the squad car arrived at the station, officers learned that during the ride, she’d completely gnawed through the back seat — foam padding and seat cover. A 38-year-old man was taken, unconscious, to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, in August. After allegedly choking his mother-in-law and refusing to cooperate with police, who used a stun gun and chemical spray on him to no effect, he dramatically KO’d himself with an empty beer bottle.
CHUMP CHANGE Wednesday, November 12
Angry taxpayers and retail customers sometimes protest their debt by paying a bill with coins (especially pennies), but what if a company did that to a customer? A court had ruled Adriana's Insurance Services in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had …
 
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