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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Catholic Youth Organization coach Michael Kman, 45, was charged in May with various misdemeanors regarding an alleged attempt over a several-month period to fix children’s basketball games for his Our Lady of Lourdes church team in East Pennsboro Township, Pa. According to police, Kman sent multiple text messages to two referees, offering them as much as $2,500 if certain games reached the "right...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Paula Wolf, 41, was arrested in Stevens Point, Wis., and charged with hitting four random pedestrians with projectiles on April 21. In Wolf's car, police found a blowgun, a slingshot and a bucket of rocks. After being questioned, Wolf told police that she just "liked to hear people say 'ouch.'"
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Briton Robert Dee, feeling humiliated at being called the "world's worst tennis pro" by London's Daily Telegraph (and other news organizations), sued the newspaper for libel last year. After taking testimony in February 2010, the judge tossed out the lawsuit in April, persuaded by Dee’s having lost 54...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Albert Bailey, 27, and a 16-year-old buddy were charged in the robbery of a People's United Bank in Fairfield, Conn., in March, after they made it much too easy for police by calling the bank beforehand and demanding that money be set aside for them to pick up at a certain time. Police were waiting in the parking lot...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
In March, leaders of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wis., voted to fire the principal of the church’s elementary and middle school because he had questioned the church's teachings—though church leaders would not specify what it was he had questioned. Some in the community think it had to do with questions regarding Lutheran doctrine that states women shall not have authority over men...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Anybody can help those in need. The Florida Legislature, under the guise that business is faltering in the yacht industry, decided to cap the sales tax on purchases of yachts. Rather than tax the entire selling price, the sales tax would be capped after $18,000 (the amount currently paid for a $300,000 yacht). As an example, this tax cap would give a “beleaguered” yacht buyer a $42,000 break on the overall price of a $1 million boat...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This year computer hardware engineer Toshio Yamamoto, 49, celebrates 15 years of tasting and cataloging all of the ramen (instant noodles) he can get his hands on—including the full list of ingredients, texture, flavor, price and "star" rating for each—for the massive 4,300-ramen database on his website...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Ralph Conone, 68, was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, in March after surveillance video identified him as the person involved in multiple incidents in which a man walked up behind young children, punched them in the head when their parents weren't looking and then walked away as if nothing had happened...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
In March, juries in Smith County and Matagorda County sentenced Henry Wooten and Melvin Johnson III to 35 years and 60 years in prison, respectively, for possessing small amounts of drugs. Though small, under Texas law the amounts were still large enough to allow jurors to infer intent to distribute. Wooten, 54, had 4.6 ounces of marijuana (which brings the same penalty as having 5 pounds)...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The day before Liam Francis, a 26-year-old chef for the British army, arrived at his forward operating base in Afghanistan, the Taliban shot down the helicopter ferrying in food rations. This meant that Francis had to make do with the supplies already on hand—a pantry consisting only of seasonings and hundreds of tins of Spam. For six weeks, Francis...