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IT'S FACEBOOK'S WORLD NOW Wednesday, August 20
Up-and-coming Sicilian mobster Domenico Palazzotto, 28, was outed in August by Italy's L'Espresso magazine as the owner of an ineffectively pseudonymous Facebook page showing off his muscled, bare-chested body and perhaps recruiting members. One fan …
CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Wednesday, August 20
A jury's murder conviction, and the 15-to-life sentence it carried, against Daniel Floyd in Brooklyn, New York, for a 2008 killing went for naught in July when the Brooklyn Supreme Court ordered a retrial (with witnesses forced to testify all over …
I (HEART) STRANGERS Wednesday, August 20
Two 30-something men knocked on the door of a Sebastian, Texas, woman's home at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, asking for water and if they could please come inside to charge their cellphone — and the woman apparently cheerfully invited them in, later …
TAKE UP A HOBBY Wednesday, August 20
One of the emerging occupational skills for emergency medical technicians, according to first responders interviewed in a June Wall Street Journal feature, is to hold up blankets at accident scenes — to block onlookers from their apparently …
NOT A MIGHTY WIND Wednesday, August 20
University of Texas at Arlington researchers announced that they'd developed a prototype of a wind turbine that might deliver electricity in tiny bursts to devices like smartphones — since it's about half the size of a grain of rice. (Tiny solar …
THE NEW NORMAL Wednesday, August 20
The ubiquitous "sexting" phenomenon continues to flourish. A Washington state agency suspended the license of anesthesiologist Arthur Zilberstein in June after finding that he exchanged sexually explicit text messages — during surgeries. When he …
ANGER MANAGEMENT CANDIDATE Wednesday, August 20
The throat of a 40-year-old man was slashed in August in Laurel, Montana, in a fatal fight with an acquaintance over which military service — Army or Marines — is better. (News reports failed to identify the "winning" branch.)
WAIT ... WHAT? Wednesday, August 20
In Multnomah County, Oregon, in July, a Romanian princess pleaded guilty to cockfighting. Irina Walker, 61, was born in Switzerland where her father, King Michael I, lived after abdicating the throne. She came to Oregon in 1983, where, in a second …
SOLUTIONS TO NON-PROBLEMS Wednesday, August 20
Chung-Ang University in South Korea announced in April that its traditional-sport Department of Sport Science would begin accepting — as legitimate "student athletes" — video gamers.
WHO KNEW? Wednesday, August 20
Researchers from England's University of Lincoln revealed in July that red-footed tortoises are not only "inquisitive" but make decisions in their brain's "medial cortex" region, associated with "complex cognitive behavior" (because they have no …
 
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