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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
In May, the minor league Calgary Vipers, of the inde pendent Golden Baseball League, traded pitcher John Odom to the Laredo Broncos of the independent United League. Originally, the trade was sup posed to bring another player, but the Broncos’ player balked at leaving the United States for a Canadian team...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A prominent chef once wrote, “If you’re going to kill the animal, it seems only polite to use the whole thing,” and recently restaurants specializing in such “nose-to-tail” cuisine have opened in several cities, according to a May report in Toronto’s National Post. The hamburger at New York City’s Tasting Room includes cow heart, liver,...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Given the rising costs of synthetic fertilizers and organic foods, the collection of bird droppings (for use as organic fertilizer) has intensified on 20 islands off the coast of Peru, where 12-inch-thick seabird guano coats the land. In the 19th century, China fought with Peru on the high seas for the right to mine the guano...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
In what would be a modern record for the lapse of time between a death and its notice, neighbors found the mummified body of a Croatian woman in her Zagreb apartment in May, and police said no one remembered seeing her alive after 1973. (A Croatian news organization said the last sighting was in 1967.)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The U.S. military operates a beachfront site at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility where military personnel and their families can vacation. The resort offers air-conditioned suites, surfing, boat rides, a golf course, a bowling alley and even a gift shop. One T-shirt for sale reads, “The Taliban Towers at Guantanamo...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
In April, according to police in Fort Pierce, Fla., Amity Joy Doss, 24, grabbed a young McDonald’s employee by her shirt to emphasize her dissatisfaction with the service. Doss then asked the manager to fire the employee. Instead, the manager called police while Doss wandered outside, climbed a tree, hung upside down by bended...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In April, Joseph Manzanares, 19, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Commerce City, Colo., after police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance. Manzanares and his ex-girlfriend, who are the parents of a 4-year-old son, were fighting over which local gang’s colors (his or hers) the kid would wear.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Many of my young patients think about getting plastic surgery the way they’d think about getting their hair done,” said Dr. David Alessi of Beverly Hills, Calif. Alessi said he is amazed at women’s willingness to endure extreme cosmetic alterations, including “vaginal rejuvenation” (labiaplasty), “forehead implants,"...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
A patient who showed up for an appointment with dentist Norman Rubin in Smithtown, N.Y., in March told the New York Post that he found Rubin passed out in his office, drooling, with a gas mask on his face. (Rubin later told the Post that, in his defense, it was his lunch hour.)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
James McDonough took over the Florida Department of Corrections in 2006 because of rampant mismanagement. Former officials admitted to contract kickbacks and frequent taxpayer-funded “orgies” (ultimately, 40 officials were charged with crimes, 90 were fired and 280 were demoted).