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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, May 27, 2011
In March, the Montana House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at reducing the state's high rate of driving under the influence (DUI), but it came over the objection of Republican Rep. Alan Hale (and, later, Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy). Hale, who owns a bar in Basin, Mont., complained that tough DUI...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Marla Gilson, 59, was fired in April after her employer callously rejected her offer to work from home in Chevy Chase, Md., at reduced salary, while she recovers from chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. Gilson served as chief executive of the Association of Jewish Aging Services...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Justice under the law could depend 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. While making observations for an April...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Sunday, May 1, 2011
In January, while the Texas Legislature debated budget cuts that would almost certainly cost Allen High School at least $18 million and require layoffs of teachers and other school personnel, construction continued on the school's new $60 million football stadium. Noted a New York Times report on the...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, April 28, 2011
During New York City's Fashion Week in February, "fanny packs" made a comeback (though designers tend to shy away from that term in favor of “hands-free bags,” “belt bags,” etc.). According to a Wall Street Journal report, the fashion accessories ranged in price from $325 for a Diane von Furstenberg to...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, April 1, 2011
Houston police officer Mike Hamby, 51, was suspended in February following an alleged incident in which he was off-duty and not in uniform. Witnesses reported that Hamby tossed a tear-gas grenade into a group of rivals in a rodeo cooking contest. Hamby has 30 years of police service and was a member of...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, March 17, 2011
New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had a camera surgically removed in February—the one that was implanted in the back of his skull in November to take pictures, at 60-second intervals, of the places he had left behind. (The images were then beamed to a museum in Qatar.) The camera had been...