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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008
Bernard LeCorn, running against two others for the school board in Ocala, Fla., declared himself the best qualified of the three candidates because of his “doctorate,” but the Ocala Star-Banner discovered that his degree came from a well-known diploma mill and only cost $249. (In a diploma-mill fraud indictment...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
The two states whose disputed electoral votes called into question the results of the presidential races in 2000 (Florida) and 2004 (Ohio) are provoking anxiety in 2008 as well. In Palm Beach County, Fla. (home of the “butterfly ballot” in 2000), 3,478 optical-scan votes disappeared between the election-night counting...
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
According to police, four kids—ranging in age from 9 to 14—grabbed a donation box at RiverPlace park in Bethlehem, Pa., in August, and took off running (The donation box held contributions for an organization that maintains the park’s portable toilets.) The kids ran for some nearby woods, with several police officers...
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008
At Dog Brothers’ “Gathering of the Pack” in Southern California in August, the martial arts event was “anything goes,” according to one fighter. A Reuters reporter witnessed two men without padding beat each other with heavy sticks and two others fight with electric knives.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008
A man dressed as a woman escaped authorities after a robbery attempt at Joe's Cafe‚ in Metairie, La., in July, but he lost money in the process. As a ruse to get the clerk to open the cash register, he handed over a $5 bill to pay for two doughnuts. Then, with the register open for change, he pulled a gun and demanded the contents. The clerk immediately became hysterical and started screaming. The robber, frightened by the clerk’s reaction, fled the restaurant without his $5 or his dough nuts.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008
In the course of robbing Yaakov Kanelsky’s apart ment in Brooklyn, N.Y., in July, Victor Marin, 20, accidentally left his wallet— which contained his ID, credit cards and photos—on the bed. After Kanelsky arrived home and called 911, Marin returned and knocked on the front door. From the hallway, he begged for his billfold...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
In May, Randall Popkes, 41, and his son Joshua Williams, 22, were arrested in West Des Moines, Iowa, and charged with attempted safecracking at the Des Moines Golf Country Club. A security officer noted their car’s license plate as they sped away after a frustrating session in which they cut into the safe but could not open it.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After languishing for two years in the Irish legislature, the Nuclear Test Ban Bill of 2006 was recently rethought and refurbished, according to a June report in the Irish Independent. Originally, the bill codified the U.N. Test Ban Treaty and added some provisions specific to Ireland...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
A company called You’ve Been Left Behind LLC has begun offering an e-mail service to Christians who are preparing for the Rapture, in which all “true” Christians ascend to heaven to meet their Lord. The company, knowing that some Christians believe that the Rapture could occur suddenly, offers a way for customers to...

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