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BOLO U. Wednesday, February 19
In a December letter to the University of Minnesota president, a coalition of black student organizations demanded an end to 
racial profiling, especially in light of recent campus crime incidents. "[C]ampus safety should be of the [university's] …
NOT AN URBAN LEGEND Wednesday, April 16
A county official in Portland, Ore., said his office gets "20 to 30 calls" annually about rats in toilets. In March, Daniel Powers reported he spotted the "little guy with beady eyes" looking up at him. The problem is more severe in India, where an …
Hangin' Out Wednesday, February 19
Officials at the Emu Plains Correctional Center near Sydney, Australia, announced in January they had pre-empted a planned escape by two female inmates, ages 32 and 21, after finding a 60-foot length of tied-together sheets in a cell. Nonetheless, …
THE SIN OF SLOTH Wednesday, April 16
People sometimes stage ruses to avoid unpleasant tasks, like the student who calls in a bomb threat when he's not studied for an exam, but Dwayne Yeager's motivation was just laziness. Yeager, 31, called cops in Brandon, Fla., in March, reporting a …
Perspective Wednesday, February 19
Recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings have made clear that only in the case of murder can a juvenile be given a life sentence "without possibility of parole" (and never a death sentence). Under-18s, the court said, must get a "meaningful opportunity" to …
PEE AT YOUR OWN RISK Wednesday, April 16
In December, at a Home Depot in Banks County, Ga., yet another prankster put glue on a restroom toilet seat, trapping an unwary shopper seeking to relieve herself. Twelve days after the incident, the victim told WSB-TV she was still in pain. …
People With Issues Wednesday, February 19
Christopher Pagano, 41, was finally arrested in January as police identified him as the man who had apparently been roaming the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia for several weeks exposing his genitals while lovingly fondling a hunk of Swiss …
STORE NOT REWARDS ON EARTH Wednesday, April 16
Among the $43 million worth of "renovations" the former German "Bishop of Bling," Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, ordered spent on his home and office before he was forcibly retired by Pope Francis in March: a 6-foot-deep fish tank with koi, at …
Least Competent Criminals Wednesday, February 19
"Victim" Joseph Torrez, 27, was at home in Las Cruces, N.M., on New Year's Day with his fiancée and young son when four men barged in (after threatening Torrez on the telephone with "I'm big Eastside," "I'll kill you and your family," "I will go to …
NO SMALL INJURY Wednesday, April 16
News site MedPageToday.com is keeping tabs on the eventual unveiling of new, obscure, minutely detailed billing codes for doctors to report diagnoses and treatments to insurance companies, and among the latest to be part of the medical landscape are …
 
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