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RESTAURANT OF CHOICE Wednesday, May 21
On-the-lam parolee Mark Royal, 51, spotted in his car by sheriff’s deputies in Sacramento, California, in March, led officers on a 35-mile chase before coming to a stop in front of the Placer …
THE NOSE KNOWS Wednesday, May 21
John Novak, 48, was taken to a hospital and then arrested after a rough night in May in Buhl, Idaho, in which he threatened his sister with a rifle-bayonet and then tried a home remedy to relieve a …
FINE POINTS OF LAW Wednesday, May 28
In 2013, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled it wasn't necessarily illegal for teachers to send students sexually oriented text messages — that the state law banning the practice violated "free speech." As a result, in February 2014, prosecutors …
THOU ART BANISHED Wednesday, May 28
Among discretionary punishments authorized to Georgia judges is banishing an offender from the county in which he committed the crime. Complained driver Ricardo Riley (who as of February is barred from Walton County), "I didn't commit no murder, I'm …
UNEARNED REWARDS Wednesday, May 28
The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration, in his latest report on agency employee bonuses in April (for late 2010-'12), disclosed $2.8 million of high-
LEAST COMPETENT AD WRITER Wednesday, May 28
The Asia Pacific branch of worldwide advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather apologized in May for a recent "Bounce Back" ad in India for Kurl-On mattresses (whose general theme is mattresses so comfortable, users "bounce" up after landing on them). …
PISS ON THAT Wednesday, May 28
In April, India's Delhi High Court judges declined to halt the local government's program of posting pictures of deities on walls of buildings to discourage public urination — surely no one would soil his lord. The plaintiffs pointed out the …
EDITORIAL PRIVILEGE Tuesday, June 3
WHAT’S IN A NAME? Vanellope, Rydder, Jceion and Burklee head the new annual list of most common baby names on the Social Security Administration register of first-time-appearing names. There …
TOILET TRAINING Wednesday, July 16
Enric Girona recently donated his prototype pet commode to El Vendrell, Spain, hoping to spark worldwide interest. Conscientious owners can train their dogs on the station (a hole in the ground with a flush handle) connected to the sewer system, as …
PROM DRAFT Wednesday, May 21
A week before the National Football League held its 2014 Draft Day in May, a large contingent of junior and senior boys staged their own draft day at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, …
 
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