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NEWSWORTHY NAMES Wednesday, May 7
Universal Knowledge Allah, 36, charged with stealing a Stradivarius violin from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster (February); Theodore Edward Bear (aka Ted E. Bear), 29, charged with attempted murder, Great Falls, Montana (December); Ms. …
PERSPECTIVE Wednesday, May 7
The maximum penalty a drunk driver can serve in Missouri for causing another's death is 15 years in prison — the same penalty handed down last year by Circuit Judge Kenneth Pratte to a brother and sister whose crime was getting caught with 20 …
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, May 7
Recurring Theme: An unnamed "gangland" bomber was killed in March in Dublin, Ireland, when the payload exploded prematurely. The detonation occurred on the morning of March 30, which marked the daylight saving time change in Ireland, and police …
"OOOOOH! AAAHH! EH?" Wednesday, April 30
The Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission in March reprimanded three pornography broadcast stations — not for excessively erotic fare, but for violating Canada's protectionist, patriotic rules requiring that at least 35 percent …
DRUNK LOGIC Wednesday, April 30
Wendy Simpson, 25, explaining her DUI arrest during a March incident in Huddersfield, England, pointed out she'd just minutes earlier walked to a McDonald's for a late-night meal because she knew she was too inebriated to drive. However, the dining …
BUT, OSSIFFER … Wednesday, April 30
Efren Carrillo, a member of California's Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, was charged with misdemeanor "peeking" last year in Santa Rosa after he, returning home from a club late at night, saw his female neighbor's light on and decided to drop in …
TOO SEXY FOR HIS CELL Wednesday, April 30
Among the arguments offered in March by Darrious Mathis' lawyers for his jury trial in Cobb County, Georgia, (for assault, kidnapping and carjacking) was the assertion that Mathis needed no force in order to have sex with the female victim on the …
PULL THE RING Wednesday, April 30
England's Stockport magistrates' court levied a $13,000 fine in March against Lorraine White, 41, who runs a part-time service as a dominatrix (chaining and whipping "bad" men) in a "sex dungeon." Her business is apparently legal; the citation was …
SOUNDS LIKE A JOKE Wednesday, April 30
The Food and Drug Administration has had run-ins with "homeopathic" products that subtly market themselves as health remedies without ever having sought the required FDA approval. However, in March, a different problem arose, requiring the agency to …
TOO SEXY FOR THE PLANET Wednesday, April 30
Tiffany Austin called a KTVU reporter in March after being dismissed as a member of Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond, California, after only one 15-minute workout — because she was "too fit" and made other members uncomfortable. Planet Fitness …
 
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