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CLICHÉS COME TO LIFE Wednesday, November 26, 2014
In a $460,000 police-brutality settlement with the city of Birmingham, Alabama, in October, plaintiff Anthony Warren will receive $1,000, with the rest going to his lawyers. The un-angelic Anthony is serving 20 years for running over an officer during a high-speed car chase in 2008; he took a beating once officers caught him.
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Condemned California inmate Steven Homick, 74, finally took his last breath on Nov. 5 — more than 29 years after committing the two murders that put him on Death Row. However, Homick died of natural causes (the 65th condemned California man to go like that in the last 35 years).
FOREIGN PRESS GEMS Wednesday, November 26, 2014
“Dwarf Stripper Gets Bride Pregnant on Her (Bachelorette) Night,” an October report on LasCincoDelDia website in Spain, after the husband was surprised “his” wedding-night consummation resulted in a baby born with dwarfism.
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Employees of Marshalls department store in Longmont, Colorado, said they’d been hearing noises but were unable to locate the source for several days until finally, on Nov. 10, they summoned firefighters, who tore out an interior wall and freed a weak, injured Paul Felyk, 35, who’d been trapped between that wall and an exterior wall after falling through the roof. A scrawled note near him was three days old. Burglary charges were filed against Felyk, who has a substantial rap sheet.
UPDATE Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The desert sands of the Arabian Peninsula are fine-grained and smooth — unable to be used in manufacturing or, especially, the concrete industry crucial to the massive upscale developments in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries.
GOVT TOOLS Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Comprehensive Pentagon studies of America's nuclear missile infrastructure released in November (following disturbing reports of readiness failures) included the revelation that nuclear warheads had to be attached with a particular wrench, even …
OH TO BE IN ENGLAND … Wednesday, December 3, 2014
In November, London's Daily Telegraph reported a gardener hired by the House of Commons spent a day pulling color-changing leaves from trees on Westminster Palace grounds — because it would be more cost-effective than to rake them up after they …
CULTURAL DIVERSITY Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Various cogs in South Korea's national machinery paused briefly on Nov. 13 so as not to distract the nation's high-school-age kids, as 650,000 of them were sitting for the decisive university entrance exams (which are several levels more important …
LATEST SPIRITUAL MESSAGE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"Santa Muerte" (Our Lady of the Holy Death) might be described as a cynic's unauthorized byproduct of Roman Catholicism currently festering in drug-cartel-roiled Mexico and Central America and is, according to Vice Media, "the world's fastest …
DIRTY PRIESTS Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Pope Francis ordered an investigation in October of the Italian Riviera diocese of Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70, known for giving "second chances" to wayward priests from across the country. Reports had surfaced that, among Mario's priests was one who …