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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
In November, the British government was poised to reclassify lap-dancing clubs from "entertainment" to "sexual encounter” establishments, and thus impose tougher licensing standards. But the industry's trade association insisted to a Parliamentary committee that the clubs are not sexual. "The entertainment...
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
In November, Joseph Goetz, 48, was charged with trying to rob the Susquehanna Bank in Springettsbury Township, Pa., even though he had to leave empty-handed. The bank had just opened for the day, and cash hadn’t yet been delivered to tellers' stations. Employees said that Goetz was highly irritated...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
For three centuries, the Nativity scenes in Spain’s Catalonia region have not only featured Mary and the Three Wise Men, but also the “caganer,” who is portrayed with pants down while answering a call of nature (and often so hidden in the scene as to popularize a game in which children try to be the first to spot it).
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
In November, the voters of Sodaville, Ore. (population 290), elected Thomas Brady Harrington, 33, as mayor, even though he is a convicted felon with a criminal record that includes drug possession, robbery, assault and eluding a police officer. Some upset voters now claim they thought they were voting for Harrington's...
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008
The police force in Beaumont, Texas, suspended officer Keith Breiner for crossing the line during an undercover prostitution sting, in that he actually had sex with a prostitute. During an August hearing, Breiner defended his actions by saying, “It was a job, sir. I didn’t have pleasure doing this.” It was, he added, "something...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Police arrested Jose Diaz Jr., 35, and charged him with shoplifting from a Wal-Mart in Madison Township, Ohio, in October after Diaz attempted to run from the store with a digital camera. He first crashed into the glass front door—which looked like it was open, but was actually closed...
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
Recent research in the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy may shed light on why females continue to earn less money than males, even in similar jobs. Competing hypotheses range from gender discrimination to the possibility that women place more emphasis on families while men more aggressively...
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
Legendary banjo player Eddie Adcock, 70, had been suffering from hand tremors that failed to respond to medication, so he volunteered for a revolutionary neurosurgery in August. Adcock finger-picked tunes while his brain was exposed so that Vanderbilt University Medical Center surgeons could try to locate the defective area. In “deep brain...
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
In October, Pentecostal preacher Thomas Weeks told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was in talks to create a “Survivor”-type reality TV show in which the twice-divorced Weeks would navigate a field of single women and select a winner. Weeks assured the newspaper that “The Holy Hook Up: Who Will Be...
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008
David Norris never knew his father, who left home when Norris was 5 months old. Now 22, Norris is serving a minimum-12-year sentence for killing a man after an earlier rape conviction and is housed in Peterhead Prison, which is the primary lockup for Scotland’s sex criminals. Soon after his arrival, according to a...

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