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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, March 1, 2010
Last April, Guido Boldini and his mother Constance Boldini pleaded guilty to soliciting a hit man to kill Guido's ex-girlfriend, Michelle Hudon, after a contentious child-custody battle in Keene, N.H. The "hit man" was, of course, an undercover cop, and the son and mother are now serving a combined 12 to 35 years in prison.
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010
In January, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a long-anticipated report detailing ways the FBI cut corners in obtaining individual Americans’ phone records during the years of the Bush administration. Federal law permits the acquisition of those phone records only with a "terrorism" subpoena ("National Security Letter") unless the FBI documents emergency ("exigent") circumstances to a telecom company. Emergency circumstances...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
Some Japanese citizens have become obsessed with Love Plus, a Nintendo DS dating simulation that presents them with a young, attractive, mouthy, digital "girlfriend" who begs for attention. The touch-screen lover demands to hold hands, kiss and have sweet nothings whispered in her ear. How can men so easily become addicted to such...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
In December 2009, the New York Post reported on the 175-square-foot Manhattan apartment recently purchased by Christopher Prokop and his wife for $150,000, with $700 monthly maintenance fees. But residents of even smaller Manhattan digs told the Post they were unimpressed. For instance, Felice Cohen, 39, rents a 90-square-foot apartment ($700) with a loft bed, and said that she must sit sideways on the toilet...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
(1) In December, Daniel Gable, 61, was arrested for breaking and entering a neighbor's apartment in Fargo, N.D. Gable allegedly triggered the resident's "burglar alarm," which consists of a stack of empty beer cans the resident places just inside his front door every night. (2) In Morehead, Ky., in December, two men, ages 44 and 18, were charged with theft for allegedly swiping...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
In December, a prominent online game player who goes by the name of Buzz Erik Lightyear won an auction for the ownership of a virtual space station in a game called Planet Calypso. Lightyear paid 3.3 million Project Entropia Dollars (PEDs), which at various points entered the game’s economy at an actual out-of-pocket cost...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
Natives of the Erromango section of Vanuatu, an island nation in the Pacific, recently held a formal "reconciliation ceremony" with the great-great-grandson of a British missionary. When the missionary, Rev. John Williams—regarded as one of the most famous Christian missionaries of the era—came ashore in 1839, islanders killed and ate him. Vanuatan legislator Ralph Regenvanu told BBC News that cannibalism was traditionally...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
According to police, bandanna-clad Jason Zacchi, 27, was arrested in Dearborn Heights, Mich., in November after pointing a shotgun at a Wendy’s employee at the drive-in window and demanding money. Moments later, the shift manager angrily approached the window and yelled at Zacchi, “What the hell are you doing?” The manager recognized Zacchi through his bandanna—Zacchi is her son...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009
A 55-year-old British man whose bowel was ruptured in a nearly catastrophic traffic accident has been fitted with a bionic sphincter that opens and closes with a remote control. Ged Galvin, who originally endured a dozen surgeries in a 13-week hospital stay, had grown frustrated with using a colostomy bag. That’s when surgeon Norman Williams of the Royal London Hospital...