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RED SPACES Wednesday, September 10
Russian researchers launched several critters into space on July 19, including a male and four female geckos (to follow their mating capabilities), but by July 25 reported they had lost contact with the satellite, drawing comical concern (most …
COME FLY WITH ME Wednesday, August 13
The May 28 US Airways flight from LA to Philly was diverted to Kansas City after a passenger's service dog did what dogs do, in the aisle, twice (an hour apart). One passenger used the terms "lingering smell," "dry heaving" and "throwing up" in …
LEAST COMPETENT FUZZ Wednesday, August 13
Clay County, Florida, Sheriff's Office twice this year arrested the wrong Ashley Chiasson — in January (for grand theft) and in May (writing bad checks) — despite three years, five inches, 20 pounds and middle names separating them (Ashley …
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Wednesday, August 13
Steve Grossman, Massachusetts' state treasurer, who's running for governor, performed heroically at a March candidate forum. The Boston Globe reported Grossman "fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights [to] sex education …
FAKIN' IT Wednesday, August 13
Steve Wiles got only 28 percent of the vote in his
SAY WHAT? Wednesday, August 13
The Alaskan government is scrambling to fulfill its obligation to welcome native communities' votes on a state tax resolution in August. That means paying translators (at up to $50 a hour) to set out the measure for communities using the languages …
NOT MY FAULT Wednesday, August 13
Tom Lakin is challenging State Farm in a St. Clair County, Illinois, courtroom, claiming the sexual abuse he was convicted of was "unintentional" and therefore his homeowners' insurance ought to have covered any claims by the victim. State Farm, and …
REDNECK CHRONICLES Wednesday, August 13
A man was hospitalized in Shreveport, in June after he was blown away by a wind gust as he held onto a mattress in the bed of a pickup truck on I-49. He suffered road burn and fractures.
HOOSEGOW NOOKIE Wednesday, August 13
In July, Italian news agency ANSA reported Italy's San Vittore prison in Milan is scheduling regular "happy hour" socials for female inmates — catered, with alcohol, and with "external" guests welcome, to the displeasure of the prison guards' …
NEW WORLD ORDER Wednesday, August 13
Among the foods "you wouldn't even eat if trapped on a desert island" in a May London Daily Mirror item: canned cheeseburger (Germany), canned whole chicken (Sweet Sue brand of USA), canned peanut butter and jelly sandwich (Mark One Foods of USA), …
 
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