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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...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, March 15, 2010
In February, the trade group Mortgage Bankers Association—which has been critical of homeowners struggling to make payments on bad real-estate investments—announced the sale of its Washington, D.C., headquarters for $41 million. The association had purchased the building in 2007, at the peak...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Pastor John Renken's Xtreme Ministries, located in Clarksville, Tenn., is one of a reportedly growing number of churches that use "mixed martial arts" to recruit wayward young men to the Christian gospel. Typically, after leading his flock in solemn prayer to a loving god, Pastor Renken adjourns the session to the backroom
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...