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FAILED TO KEEP A LOW PROFILE Wednesday, July 23
Jacob Close, 25, wanted after jumping bail in New York on a drug charge, but recently on Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University police's radar screen after it was rumored he was in the area, was arrested by campus cops in June. Close's name and …
DOGGONE SAFETY NUTS Wednesday, July 23
By now, many in the United Kingdom have such exaggerated concern for "health and safety" they're sensitive to even the tiniest, most far-fetched risks. In June, dog show organizers in Keswick made a list of 25 tests for dogs to perform in …
TRAVELLIN' ROSE Wednesday, July 23
District of Columbia government services have improved markedly since the 1990s when NOTW reported frequent misadventures as the "District of Calamity." Still, things happen. Rose Preston called 911 on March 15, fearing a stroke because of a …
READER'S CHOICE Wednesday, July 23
Bill Hillmann, 32, expert on Spain's bull-running events and author of a chapter in "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" (its most famous festival), was hospitalized in July after being gored during the run. The horn passed through one thigh, …
BIG SNAPPER Wednesday, July 23
In June, an unnamed American exchange student visiting Germany's Tubingen University, exploring a large marble sculpture outside the school's institute for microbiology and virology, was trapped inside and had to be rescued by firefighters. The …
TOILET TRAINING Wednesday, July 16
Enric Girona recently donated his prototype pet commode to El Vendrell, Spain, hoping to spark worldwide interest. Conscientious owners can train their dogs on the station (a hole in the ground with a flush handle) connected to the sewer system, as …
CRAPPY JOB Wednesday, July 16
Municipal engineers in Melton Mowbray, England, were called out in June to fix a lingering sewer overrun caused by, they found, "hundreds" of tennis balls that had apparently each been flushed down toilets. Said the project manager, "We expect …
BROWNIE POINTS Wednesday, July 16
After two third-graders wet their pants on May 15 at Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, they blamed teachers for too-strictly enforcing their classroom's "rewards" system, in which good behavior earns students points redeemable for, among …
CHIP-FACED Wednesday, July 16
Japanese snack company Calbee recently staged a promotion around popular singer Nana Mizuki, giving away 10 backstage passes to her Aug. 3 Yokohama concert to the purchasers of 10 lucky bags of secretly marked potato chips. Her perhaps-hugest fan, …
SEE FOOD Wednesday, July 16
Britain's news website Metro.co.uk, combing Facebook pages, located a full photo array from prominent 23-year-old German body art enthusiast Joel Miggler, whose various piercings and implants are impressive. His centerpieces are the portholes in …
 
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