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By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY _____________ Civilization in Decline: “Tom Tom,” a 2- year-old Yorkshire terrier, was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, AR, in March, even though he was in good health. His owner, Donald Ellis, had just passed away but had left explicit instructions that he wanted Tom Tom buried […]

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By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY _____________ More than a half-million children in the U.S. take antipsychotic medicines and (reported The New York Times in September) “even the most reluctant (doctors) encounter a marketing juggernaut that has made antipsychotics the nation’s top-selling class of drugs by revenue, $14.6 billion last year, with prominent promotions aimed at […]

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By Chuck Shephard LEAD STORY __________________ Professional Training Required: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced in August that it had contract work for up to 2,100 language specialists to transcribe wiretaps, with immediate needs in the Atlanta field office for 144 Spanish experts, along with 12 for Vietnamese, and nine each for Korean, Farsi and […]

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By Chuck Shepheard Updates______________ Again this year, in April, the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo hosted the possibly-400-year-old Naki Sumo (“crying baby contest”), in which infants are blessed to good health by having sumo wrestlers hoist them into the air, hold them at arm’s length, and coax them (no squeezing!) to cry, thus signaling that the […]

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Updates Iconic female beauty in Mauritania (and in a few other African societies, as News of the Weird has reported) regards “rolling layers of fat” as the height of sexiness, according to a July dispatch by Marie Claire magazine, and professional force-feeders earn the equivalent of about $200 each from parents for bulking up their […]

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By Chuck Shepherd Government in Action_______ Though volunteers got the project started in May, Ventnor City, NJ, continued through the summer to seek financial donations to finish the new restrooms that provide relief for those visiting the town’s Atlantic shore. Said Commissioner Stephen Weintrob, “How would someone like to have a toilet named after themselves, […]

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LEAD STORY Woody Allen Joke Come to Life: Shirley Anderson, 71, is suing her son Ken, 46, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for parental support — even though she and his father had abandoned him when he was 15 (having one day just picked up and moved and, as in Mr. Allen’s joke, “left no forwarding […]

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By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY___________________ The Outer Frontiers of U.S. Immigration Policy: The $125 million Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont, with 120-room hotel, ice arena, golf course and the Northeast’s largest water park, is just months away from completion, thanks to half-million-dollar investments from each of 250 foreign nationals from 43 countries who, as […]

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By Chuck Shepard LEAD STORY___________________ Among the promotions offered by New York City’s upscale Marmara Manhattan hotel is a “birth tourism” package exploiting the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment. For about $35,000, a foreign expectant mother with a visa can spend her delivery week in luxury accommodations (including medical care) — and assure her baby automatic […]

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By Chuck Shepherd The Entrepreneurial Spirit! ___ The dating Web site BeautifulPeople.com, supposedly limiting its reach only to the attractive (though claiming 600,000 members worldwide), announced recently that it would sponsor a companion egg and sperm bank for its members to sell their essences for a fee. However, as managing director Greg Hodge told Newsweek […]

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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I […]

Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the […]

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By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when […]

Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon To leech according to her needs My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all […]

News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]