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THEY DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING? Wednesday, September 10
German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book world record for most body piercings (453), said he was upset to be denied entrance into United Arab Emirates in August to fulfill a performance of sorts at Dubai's Fairmont Hotel. Buchholz said …
CONTINUING CRISIS Wednesday, September 10
After several contestants in the 2013 world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain, remarked that the racers in lanes 5 to 8 seemed to swim faster than those in lanes 1 to 4, two researchers investigated further and concluded, in July, that …
CLICHÉS COME TO LIFE Yesterday at 11:26 AM
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 NEW NORMAL Wednesday, September 10
In America, TV pundits merely shout at each other, but twice recently in Middle East TV debates, discussants have roughhoused on the air. Journalist Shakir al-Johari was involved both times, on the Jordanian 7 Stars channel in May and on Dubai TV in …
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART Yesterday at 11:27 AM
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).
FROM THE FOREIGN PRESS Wednesday, September 10
After police issued a plea for help in July to identify the perpetrators of a porn movie filmed inside an Austrian church and in which actors' faces were obscured, a serious fan of Austrian porn spoke up, naming the 24-year-old female lead. The nude …
FOREIGN PRESS GEMS Yesterday at 11:27 AM
“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.
NOT OUR FAULT Wednesday, September 10
In July, two of the four fertilizer manufacturers operating in the vicinity of the April 2013 massive explosion and fire in West, Texas, filed motions contesting the city's lawsuit against them. According to the companies, it was actually the city's …
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Yesterday at 11:28 AM
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.
A MATTER OF SCALE Wednesday, September 10
Police in Cologne, Germany, wrote a bicycle-equipment infraction against Bogdan Ionescu in April because his bike had no right-side handlebar brake. But since Ionescu has no right arm, he fought the ticket, and in July received a police apology. And …
 
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