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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...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wal-Mart announced in January that it would soon offer a full line of makeup aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds, by GeoGirl, including mascara, sheer lip gloss, pink blush and purple eye shadow, all supposedly designed for young skin. (An executive of Aspire cosmetics said her research revealed a potential market of 6-year-olds...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Three men visiting Philadelphia in December were charged with a robbery spree that allegedly spanned several stores. Perhaps luckily for them, they were quickly arrested. The police report noted that one of the victims (who had a gun waved in her face) was Terri Staino, 38, the owner of John Anthony Hair...