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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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Advice Goddess 5/3/11

The Ultrasound Of Silence My 27-year-old girlfriend has two kids (ages 10 and 5). She is financially stable and owns her own house. We began planning to get married, but then she said she didn’t want any more children. She cites the financial burden, the time a baby would take from “us,” how she’d be […]

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Going through the big ‘D’

No divorce lawyer? Might be your fault By Isabel Suarez (courtesy of Robert L. Mues) When I asked our family attorney to represent me in my divorce, he flatly told me he would rather drink arsenic. I assured him this was a simple divorce, and his answer was still no. After calling several attorneys, their […]

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Advice Goddess 4/26/11

Will You Still Shove Me Tomorrow? I’m in a relationship that feels like it could last, but I’m afraid of ending up like my parents: constantly bickering over minutiae, snarling at each other from other rooms, and slamming doors. The thing is, my boyfriend and I are already starting to fight over the stupidest stuff! […]

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Targeting cyber bullying

The legalities of online defamation By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin I have lost count of the number of weeks that I have stayed up with my 14-year-old daughter who has been crying herself to sleep because of lies posted on Facebook by her ex-boyfriend. She assures me that they were never sexually active. I […]

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News of the Weird, 4/19/11

By Chuck Shepherd Laney Wallace, 16, won the beauty contest at the 53rd Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, in March and the next day fulfilled the first duty of her reign: to behead and skin a western diamondback. “You have to make sure you don’t pop the bladder,” the 2011 Miss Snake Charmer said shortly […]

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The sweet debate

Are food made with real sugar healthier? By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. You’ve probably seen those “made with real sugar” ads on TV and heard about food makers replacing high fructose corn syrup with “real sugar” in everything from ketchup to crackers. “Real sugar” may be the craziest comeback since platform sandals, […]

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Legal aid?

Options for free legal help (when you’re not a criminal) By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin My husband left me (and our two children) four months ago. I have been a homemaker for the last 12 years of our marriage. He has not provided us with any support, nor has he paid the mortgage or […]

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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 […]