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News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be opening soon, according to news reports – operated by a Moroccan Muslim, backed by the German adult mega-retailer Beate Uhse, and supposedly fully compliant with Islamic law. Owner Abdelaziz Aouragh told Agence France-Presse he would […]

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News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid for a bronze statue honoring one of its only celebrities, Lucille Ball, in 2009. Ball had spent her childhood years there, and, even today, everyone “Loves Lucy.” However, the result was apparently a monstrosity, described […]

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News of the weird: 04/28

By Chuck Shepherd Hard-hitting numbers In March, offensive lineman John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens added to his curriculum vitae by co-authoring the latest of his several peer-reviewed academic articles – “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians” in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. If Urschel can understand, and even […]

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News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building in Maitland, Florida, but it wasn’t for concert tickets. The dozens of people needed coveted visitor passes just to speak to an IRS agent – because budget cuts and personnel reductions have limited services. “I […]

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News of the weird: 04/14

By Chuck Shepherd Wait, what? An unarmed man, suspected of no crime, who three years ago was shot 16 times by police while lying in his bed, told a Seattle Times reporter in March that he bears no ill will for the cops who shot him. Said Dustin Theoharis, now 32, “Sometimes (police) make mistakes.” […]

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News of the weird: 04/07

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s Best Friend Researchers are now preparing a study seeking to confirm that dog slobber, by itself (and not just the psychological advantages of playing with and petting a dog), might provide human health benefits (such as relief from asthma, allergies and inflammation). Specialists from the University of Arizona and University of […]

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News of the Weird: 3/31

By Chuck Shepherd The continuing crisis The trendy St. Pauli neighborhood in historic Hamburg, Germany, suffers its share of uncouth revelers who wander out from nightclubs seeking restroom facilities but too often choose walls of storefronts and private homes, reported London’s The Guardian in a March dispatch. The solution, according to the civic group IG […]

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News of the weird: 03/24

By Chuck Shepherd Anatomy Class in Court “This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in the Edmonton, Alberta, murder trial of Brad Barton. At issue was the cause of the victim’s having bled to death from her genitals, and the judge, ruling that jurors would benefit by inspecting the actual […]

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News of the weird: 03/17

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY – Fine points of the law Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not illegal in Oregon, declared Judge Eric Butterfield in February, thus acquitting Patrick Buono, 61, of the crimes of invasion of privacy and “encouraging child sexual abuse.” Buono’s behavior was “appalling,” Judge Butterfield noted, but since […]

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News of the weird: 03/10

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Newest right The Utah Court of Appeals ruled in February that Barbara Bagley has a legal right to sue herself for her own negligent driving that caused the death of her husband. Typically, in U.S. courts, a party cannot profit from its own negligence, but Bagley is the official […]

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Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]

Chew on this: 07/28

Rediscover your drive By Jayne Powers On a hot, muggy July afternoon, I bolted out of my apartment to take […]

Hobart Urban Nature Preserve

A piece of Heaven in the middle of the city By Tor Simms Photo: The Hobart Urban Nature Preserve has […]

news of the weird 7/28/2015

  Outsourcing Among the protesters at New York City’s Gay Pride Parade the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s historic gay-marriage […]

The Docket: 07/28

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   What’s at steak? “$85.85 worth of meet […]

Chew on this: 07/21

More than picking fresh vegetables By Jayne Powers   Today, let’s shine a light on vegetables—literally. Walk into any supermarket, […]