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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010
Lame: (1) Gerald Maxwell, 39, a convicted burglar who in August was caught breaking into the same home in Sarasota, Fla., he had broken into last year, quickly tried to explain his innocence to police officers. "I was going back in there to leave a thank-you note, because I'm the guy who burglarized this...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010
It turns out that face and neck tattoos can become a liability for criminals. Royce Spottedbird Jr., 23, apparently thought it would be cool to have his name tattooed on his neck. However, when he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in April in Butte, Mont., and feared a warrant might be out for his...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
It is common knowledge that American corporations avoid taxes by running U.S. profits through offshore "tax havens" like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. A May BusinessWeek investigation traced the specific steps that the pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories takes to short the U.S. Treasury...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010
A team of anglers from Hatteras, N.C., had first place wrapped up in the prestigious Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in June. They were salivating over their $1.2 million prize money (including a bonus for what would have been a tournament-record catch) when judges discovered that one member of the...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, Aug. 6, 2010
In March, Harry Jackson, 26, was in jail in Woodbine, Ga., on several minor charges such as driving on a suspended license. However, allegedly bending to pressure from fellow inmates, Jackson agreed to break out of jail, steal cigarettes at a nearby convenience store and break back in to jail. "Don't come back empty-handed," one inmate supposedly warned him. Jackson was apprehended climbing over a...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The dating website BeautifulPeople.com, which allegedly limits its membership (600,000 people worldwide) to include only attractive people, announced recently that it would sponsor a companion egg and sperm bank at which its members could sell their services for a fee. However, according to a quote...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, July 22, 2010
"Why are you still alive?" is the question that doctors often ask Ozzy Osbourne, the hard-rock singer and reality-TV star, who says he is now clean and sober after a lifetime of almost unimaginably bad habits. In June, he announced two new ventures: undergoing a three-month process of genetic mapping (to help...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, July 15, 2010
While still chairman of the Florida Republican Party, Jim Greer was revealed to have ordered the continuous shuttling of emergency "notes" to him during a Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting. According to an April Orlando Sentinel profile, the "notes" were all blank. A Florida RNC...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Universal health insurance cannot come soon enough for uninsured Kathy Myers, 41, of Niles, Mich., who, suffering from an increasingly painful shoulder injury, has been continually turned away from emergency rooms because the condition is not considered to be life-threatening. In June, as a last resort, she took a gun and shot herself in the shoulder, hoping for a wound serious enough for ER treatment...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
According to a May report by Seattle's KOMO-TV, former Oregon National Guard soldier Gary Pfleider II is awaiting the results of his latest appeal to end the garnishment of his disability checks to cover $3,175 for gear he supposedly "lost" when he was shot in Iraq. Pfleider was hit in the leg by a...