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JUST LIKE THE POEM! Wednesday, July 30
In July, a large cement "Humpty Dumpty" at Salem, Oregon's Enchanted Forest, made by Roger Tofte in 1970, was ruined when two intruders tried to climb the wall Humpty sat on. The wall crumbled and Humpty suffered a great fall. Tofte said he doubted …
POLICE REPORT Wednesday, August 27
Arrest Him at Your Peril: In July, a jury in Brooklyn, New York, awarded Kevin Jarman, 50, $510,000 from the city for the broken ankle he suffered during his arrest for shoplifting in May 2011 (a charge to which he eventually pleaded guilty). Among …
FROM OUR COLD DEAD HANDS Wednesday, September 24
As part of a nationwide distribution of surplus military equipment, 10 Texas school districts acquired a total of 64 M-16 rifles, 18 M-14s, 25 automatic pistols and magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition. District officials referred generally to the need to protect against school attacks such as the notorious incidents in Colorado and Connecticut, but a local Houston area police chief, seeking to reassure a nervous public, promised the equipment would be used only by tactically trained officers and that, otherwise, would be locked in the department’s armory.
KARMA’S A BITCH Yesterday at 9:52 AM
In August, the Tampa Bay Times reported a dispute in Dunedin, Florida, between 12-year-old lemonade-stand operator T.J. Guerrero and an adult neighbor, Doug Wilkey, trying to close him down as an unlicensed entrepreneur, despite T.J.’s business plan for assisting his favorite animal shelter. Of course, T.J.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT! Wednesday, July 30
Sheriff's deputies in Salina, Kansas, arrested Aaron Jansen, 29, after he put on quite a show
I WANT MY CABLE DAMMIT Wednesday, August 27
Gloria Baca-Lucero, 48, was arrested in Albuquerque in July after allegedly holding a Comcast cable installer's tool bag at gunpoint in her home. She said she believed her service call was free, but the installer told her otherwise, and she …
FINE POINTS OF THE LAW Wednesday, September 24
In July, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Detroit, ruling on a judicial corruption complaint, managed to describe the actions of a Michigan state judge, “Hon.” Wade McCree, as “often reprehensible” — in that he had been carrying on a romantic affair with a woman involved in a child custody case he was judging.
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL Yesterday at 9:53 AM
“My Friends, I Am a Man of Action!”: Roger Weber, running for a Minnesota House seat in November, is being sued by a neighbor over a property-line dispute near Nashwauk. Rather than working with an arbitrator or mediator, Weber in 2013 took a chain saw and sliced the large, two-car garage completely in half — Weber says half sat on his property and half on the neighbor’s.
 
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