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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
In April, policeman Kristopher Weston apprehended a murder suspect about 20 minutes after the crime in East St. Louis, Ill. Weston’s feat was such a nice piece of police work that the mayor called Weston before the city council to commend him. Five minutes after Weston left...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
In April, University of Kansas researchers disclosed that a single tax provision in a 2004 law allowed U.S. multinational corporations to largely avoid federal taxes on foreign profits—a move that earned a typical company $220 for every $1 the company had spent lobbying Congress to enact...
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
In April, police in Copley Township, Ohio, were called to a restaurant where Erik Salmons, 39, was allegedly intoxicated and annoying customers. Officers declined to arrest him but did insist that he leave his truck in the parking lot and call someone for a ride home. Salmons complied; however, at home, Salmons decided that...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A high-school student in Oakton,Va., was suspended for two weeks in March when she took her birth-control pill during the lunch break at school. During those two weeks away from class, the girl discovered that, in comparison, county rules required only one week’s suspension for being high on heroin while at school.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In Airdrie, Alberta, in January, police officers responded to a report from Ralph McCall Elementary School that a man was standing in the yard yelling with a portable loudspeaker toward a group of kids. Allegedly, the man was calling out, "Girls in the field, come over to my truck, come pet my dog." When nearby adults started...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In January 2008, London's The Sun reported on a rare practice in which a tattoo needle is used to ink a design into the sclera, which is the white part of the eyeball. Only a handful of people are known to have undergone this procedure, but Oklahoma state senators were so alarmed that they passed legislation through...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
In January, police arrested John West, 20, and Ashley Sorensen, 20, in Auburn, Calif., after the twosome allegedly swiped the tires and rims off of a woman’s car. The pair supposedly placed the tires and rims inside their car and drove off, before violating a cardinal rule by returning to the crime scene to see if the...
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
In December, the city council in Brighton, Mich., passed an ordinance making it illegal for anyone to "annoy another person” in public, "by word of mouth, sign or motions." Violators can be ticketed and fined. News That Sounds Like a Joke: Michael Reed, 50, was charged with attempted robbery of Eddie's Fried Chicken in Fort...
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
Along with the cold, harsh months of winter comes the annual tragedy of young kids who couldn’t resist the age-old experiment of seeing what would happen if they tried to lick a metal pole in subzero temperatures. This winter it happened on successive days: A 10-year-old boy attempted the feat in Hammond, Ind., on...
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
In several dozen cities across the country, certain men and women have taken to dressing in homemade superhero costumes and patrolling marginal neighborhoods in an effort to deter crime. Phoenix's Green Scorpion, New York City's Terrifica, Orlando's Master Legend and Indianapolis' Mr. Silent...

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