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News of the Weird 6/7/11

By Chuck Shepherd Ellenbeth Wachs, 48, was arrested in Lakeland, Fla., in May on a complaint that she “simulated” a sex act in front of a minor. In a March incident, Wachs, after receiving medication for her multiple sclerosis, was awakened at 8:30 a.m. by her 10-year-old neighbor boy’s clamorous basketball game, near Wachs’ window. […]

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Advice Goddess 6/7/11

Sane-Sex Attraction I’m an African-American gay woman in my mid-20s. I initially had relationships with men, but I’m just not attracted to or compelled by them. Women make me feel alive, exhilarated, connected, and challenged, and sex is the bomb. So, I know I truly love women…but most lesbians, including my current girlfriend, are crazy. […]

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Advice Goddess 5/31/11

When You Wish Upon A Ringo Starr I’m 25, a singer in a band, and extremely motivated to make a career out of my music. In fact, I’m moving to LA this week for that purpose. I’ve been casually dating – speedily dumping men who’ve gotten attached (not my fault, I make my intentions super-clear). […]

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News of the Weird 5/31/11

Rights of women are severely restricted in Pakistan’s tribal areas and among Muslim fundamentalists, but the rights of the country’s estimated 50,000 “transgenders” blossomed in April when the country’s Supreme Court ordered the government to accept a “third sex” designation on official documents (instead of forcing a choice of “male” or “female”). The court further […]

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Law You Can Use

What You Should Know about Organ and Tissue Donation Contributed by the Ohio State Bar Asssociation Approximately 28,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States in 2010; just over 6,600 of those were from living donors. Another one million Americans receive donor tissue each year through reconstructive, restorative and cosmetic surgeries. Nevertheless, in January […]

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Don’t blame the criminal…

Is that really illegal? By Isabel Suarez I was recently charged with an infraction that I was unaware was illegal. My lawyer tells me that “ignorance of the law” is not a defense. How was I to know what is illegal? Any advice? Sincerely, Confused Dear Confused, The good news is that you are in […]

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Advice Goddess 5/24/11

Under The Cover Of Nightclub I met an amazing guy – the kind I swore didn’t exist: thoughtful, caring, and incredibly secure. He seemed to love me. We were together exactly nine months when he called and suggested we go dancing. Ten minutes after I arrived at the club, he broke up with me. He […]

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News of the Weird 5/24/11

Tonya McDowell, 33, an off-and-on homeless person in Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested in April by police in nearby Norwalk and charged with felony theft — of $15,686 worth of “services” from the city. McDowell’s crime was enrolling her 6-year-old son in Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School when she actually “resided” (as much as a sporadically “homeless” […]

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Innocent until…

How to screw up your criminal case By Isabel Suarez and Tim Carlin I was recently charged with, and found guilty of, a charge of which I am innocent. I am very upset with my attorney and feel he did not do a good job. I never felt he believed me. Can you give me […]

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Advice Goddess 5/17/11

Extreme Meekover Women always insist they’re looking for a “nice guy,” but they waste no time running past one to get to a jerk/bad boy. It really seems they’re drawn to guys who treat them badly. My most egotistical friends score with women like crazy, and I’m a nice guy who’s alone. If my experience […]

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Surprise cancer risks: Blushing, fear, confusion

Your to-do list in the war against cancer and illness By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Ever been scanned, screened, poked or prodded in your own war against cancer? If the answer’s yes, here’s a fact worth celebrating: You’ve earned a place in medical history. Turns out that more screenings (like yours) are […]

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News of the Weird

By Chuck Shepherd The cure for emphysema is cigarette smoke piped directly into the lungs, according to chemist Gretha Zahar, whose clinic has treated 60,000 people in Jakarta, Indonesia, in the past decade. Zahar modifies the tobacco smoke with “nanotechnology” to remove “free radicals” and adjust the mercury levels – and touts her “divine cigarettes” […]

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News of the Weird 5/10/11

Equal justice under the law might just depend simply on whether a judge’s stomach is growling when he pronounces sentence, according to a study of 1,000 parole decisions during 50 courtroom days observed by students from Columbia University and Israel’s Ben Gurion University for an April journal article. The students found that, day after day, […]

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Abroad fraud

How having a foreign driving record can cost you By Isabel Suarez I recently came from abroad to take care of my ailing mother and purchased an old car and insurance. I was assured that this made me compliant with Ohio law. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, I rear-ended another vehicle. Following the accident, I […]

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Advice Goddess 5/10/11

So, His Wild Oats I offhandedly mentioned to a friend that I thought her married brother was really cute. She revealed that his divorce (from a 10-year marriage) would soon be final. (It will be at the end of this month.) She then played matchmaker. He and I have been dating for three months. Things […]

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News of the Weird 5/3/11

Businesses typically resist government regulation but in March, Florida’s interior designers begged the state House of Representatives to continue controlling them with a theatrically ham-handed lobbying campaign challenging a deregulation bill. Designers righteously insisted that only “licensed professionals” (with a minimum six years of college and experience) could prevent the nausea Floridians would suffer from […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]