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Perspective Tuesday, January 21
For nearly 30 years, until 2007, the U.S. national symbol, the bald eagle, was endangered and protected, but officially they (along with golden eagles) are now so insignificant, the government is willing to endure dozens of them being chopped to …
Injudicious Wednesday, March 26
James Degorski, 41, serving life in prison for a cold-blooded mass murder during a botched restaurant robbery in Palatine, Ill., in 1993, was awarded $451,000 by a jury recently after a prison guard punched him in the face, necessitating complex …
Love the One You're With Tuesday, January 21
Lydell Coleman, 36, was charged with felony indecent exposure in Seattle in December. He had allegedly dropped his pants outside the Sub Shop at Westwood Village and begun "humping" the front window.
Questionable Judgment Wednesday, March 26
Former star soccer goalie Bruno Fernandes de Souza, 28, serving 22 years in prison in Brazil for the murder of his girlfriend and feeding of part of her body to his dogs, was granted work-release in March by prison officials. The "work" assignment …
Least Competent Criminals Tuesday, January 21
According to a police report, Tevin Monroe, 31, walked into a McDonald's in Norfolk, Va., in December to inquire about a job, asked a manager for an application, and was told that the form was available online and that he should go download it. The …
The Cutting Edge Wednesday, March 26
Among the filings published in November by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was Google's 2012 application covering a throat tattoo — actually a mobile skin "microphone" with lie-detecting capability, presumably to encourage truthfulness from …
Suspicions Confirmed Tuesday, January 21
University of Alabama football fan Adrian Briskey, 28, was charged in December with the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old woman (also a 'Bama fan) at a postgame gathering in Hoover, Ala., to commiserate over the team's last-second loss to arch-rival …
Beauty Takes Pain Wednesday, March 26
Among the "secrets" revealed recently on a BBC television special on South America's beauty-queen obsession was one by Ms. Wi May Nava, first runner-up for Miss Venezuela 2013. Nava had a patch of plastic mesh sewn onto her tongue to create so much …
I Want Candy Wednesday, March 26
In February, an Iowa administrative law judge ruled it might be reasonable to accidentally damage a stubborn vending machine that ate your money — but not by commandeering a forklift, raising the vending machine 2 feet off the concrete floor, and …
Fine Points of Law Wednesday, March 26
In November, a New York appeals court approved a Rockland County judge's jury instructions, which had resulted in the jury's absolving Brittany Lahm of fault when she flipped her car on the New York Thruway, killing one passenger and injuring …
 
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