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OOPSIE! Wednesday, September 17
When he was 19, Rene Lima-Marin (with a pal) robbed two Aurora, Colorado, video stores at gunpoint and, winning no favors from the judge, received back-to-back sentences totaling 98 years. In 2008, eight years into the sentence, Lima-Marin was …
HERE'S YOUR SIGN Wednesday, September 17
On Aug. 21 and 22, in front of Linwood Howe Elementary School in Culver City, California, traffic officials posted a towering parking regulation sign pole (reportedly, 15 feet high) with at least eight large white signs, one on top of the other — …
CLOSE ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT WORK Wednesday, September 17
Florida was one of 26 states to decline billions in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") to establish their own state insurance "exchanges" (including expanding their state Medicaid programs). Florida legislators chose instead …
WAIT … WHAT? Wednesday, September 17
Guests at the May wedding of Shona Carter-Brooks in Ripley, Tennessee, reported the bride's idea for including her month-old daughter in the ceremony consisted of tying her ("well-secured," she said later) to the long train of her wedding dress, …
FIRST-WORLD WOES Wednesday, September 17
Plastic surgeons, first in University of Missouri research in 2000 and recently in a study by Singapore doctors in the journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, have postulated that the "ideal" navel is vertically shaped with …
THE ARISTOCRATS! Wednesday, September 17
Inmate Corey McQueary, 33, passed away in Jessamine County, Kentucky, lockup in August of a methadone overdose. According to state police, another inmate had soaked a pair of underwear in methadone when he was out on release, then brought the …
PISSED OFF Wednesday, September 17
Ten years ago, New York City skyscraper heir Robert Durst beat a murder charge by claiming self-defense, and now lives more quietly in Houston. However, police in that city accused Durst in July of, "without provocation," urinating on a cash …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, September 17
A 20-year-old woman was arrested in Seattle in August after calling police to complain she was being harassed by a man who was following her. Police arrived to find that the "stalker" was simply trying to get his phone back after the woman stole it …
RECENT AMERICAN SCENES Wednesday, September 17
A Washington State Patrol lieutenant pulled over a 28-year-old drunk driver on Aug. 9 in a logistically impressive arrest. The lieutenant, when he spotted the driver, happened to be in the 36-foot-long motor home converted to the department's mobile …
CHARMING Wednesday, September 17
Sarah Espinosa, 22, crashed into a fire station in New Hyde Park, New York, on Aug. 4, notable for the involvement of two factors — alcohol and the python draped around her neck. She was charged with having just stolen the snake from a Petco …
 
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