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CAN YOU SAY THE ALPHABET Wednesday, April 2
Police were called to a Taco Bell in Tega Cay, S.C., in March after one customer became irate that another had audibly belched in the dining area yet didn't say "excuse me." The enraged man jostled the burper with a chair and grabbed at his throat, …
Teach a Man to Fish ... Wednesday, March 5
The Drug Users Resource Center in Vancouver, British Columbia (noted in NOTW for a vending machine dispensing 25-cent crack-cocaine pipes to discourage addicts from committing crimes to fund their habit), launched a program in August to supply …
Government in Action Wednesday, March 5
Rape-prevention activists estimate that local governments have backlogs of untested evidentiary "rape kits" that total up to 400,000 nationally — signifying free crimes for rapists, lost justice for victims, and ruined reputations for men wrongly …
More Texas Justice Wednesday, March 5
After 37 years in prison, Jerry Hartfield goes to court in April for a retrial of his 1977 conviction (and death sentence) for murder in Bay City, Texas. Actually, the 1977 conviction was overturned, but before Hartfield could demand his release (he …
Great Art! Wednesday, March 5
Frances Wadsworth-Jones' jewelry design show ("Heaven Sent") at the Museum of London runs until April, with centerpiece brooches that resemble bird droppings. Why, she was asked, would a woman want to wear jewelry suggesting a pigeon soiled her …
Police Report Wednesday, March 5
Glenn Rundles, 32, was captured only days after robbing two women at knifepoint in East Post Oak, Texas, in January — despite a wanted poster called by some the "worst police sketch ever," a "cartoon" of a comically round-faced man (displayed at …
Sucky Art Wednesday, March 5
In December, the New York City parks department, responding to alarmed visitors at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, built a wooden fence to shield the sculpture "Bear Eats Man" so that parents might examine the structure before children start …
Inexplicable Wednesday, March 5
Three suspects fled with about 30 pieces of jewelry from a burglary at Timothy's Fine Jewelry in Broomfield, Colo., in January, but not before creating a puzzling scene on the surveillance video. Crushing the glass cases with sledgehammers, they …
Suspicion Confirmed Wednesday, March 5
After Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts ticketed Miami Police Department officer Fausto Lopez in 2011 for speeding to an off-duty job at 120 mph, naturally some in law enforcement began harassing her as a "rat," according to a February …
Democracy in Action Wednesday, March 5
Christopher Schaeffer likely became the first public officeholder in the U.S. sworn in as an openly declared "Pastafarian" — an adherent of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — when he took his seat on the Town Council of Pomfret, N.Y., …
 
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