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Smooth Reactions Wednesday, February 26
One Russian man shot another (nonfatally, with rubber bullets) in the town of Rostov-on-Don in September in an argument over theories of German philosopher Immanuel Kant. And Nadja Svenson, 22, was charged on Christmas Eve in Londonderry, N.H. (a …
Perspective Wednesday, February 26
The lukewarm prosecution of two Steubenville High football players for an August 2012 rape was foundering until Internet hacker Deric Lostutter, 26, raised the Ohio incident's profile, but now Lostutter faces a vindictive prosecution and the …
Nice Catch, Lord Wednesday, February 26
The first-ever skydive by Mackenzie Wethington, 16, in Chickasha, Okla., in January was a catastrophe — a tangled parachute that opened "halfway" with the girl unable to reach the emergency chute. She fell into a spiraling free fall from 3,500 …
The Aristocrats! Wednesday, February 26
An alcohol-hammered Troy Prockett, 37, was arrested in January near Hudson, Mass., after his car spun out of control on I-290 and he fled on foot, pursued by state troopers who followed him to a tree, where he climbed up about 30 feet. Playing …
Least Competent Criminals Wednesday, February 26
Andre Bacon, 21, was arrested in February in Chicago's Cragin neighborhood after, police said, he tried to carjack a woman who was about to get in the car in her garage. The woman gave up her keys, but ran out and closed the door as she left, …
RiDQulous Wednesday, February 26
The headline read "Man Arrested Allegedly Trying to Sell Stolen Brains at Dairy Queen." David Charles, 21, was charged in Indianapolis in January with arranging the deal involving 60 jars of mental patients' brains (some from the 1800s) stolen from …
A NOTW Classic (December 2002) Wednesday, February 26
Driver Leon Humphreys, upset at a minor traffic ticket he received, demanded in December 2002 that magistrates in Bury St. Edmunds, England, allow him to employ the ancient tradition of "trial by combat" — in which he would fight someone from the …
Find That Genius! Wednesday, February 19
Beijing Genomics Institute scientists are closing 
in on a technology to allow parents to choose, from several embryos, one most likely to yield the smartest offspring. London's Daily Mail (in January, referencing recent work in Wired, The Wall …
Can't Possibly Be True Wednesday, February 19
"This [was] my life," said musician Boujemaa Razgui in December, referring to 13 handmade flutes he played professionally, "and now they're gone." Arriving in New York City from Madrid 
with the 13 woodwinds in his checked luggage, he was shocked …
Unclear on the Concept Wednesday, February 19
Oregon inmate Sirgiorgio Clardy, 26, filed a handwritten $100 million lawsuit in January against Nike for inadequately marketing its Air Jordans. Clardy, a convicted pimp, earned an 
"enhanced" penalty for using a "dangerous weapon" to maim a …
 
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