Tuesday, November 24, 2009

News of the Weird/Pro Edition (Extra)
November 23, 2009
by Chuck Shepherd
© 2009 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Still More Things to Worry About

Unclear on the Concept: For two years, until recently, U.S. Marines being treated at Camp Lejeune for post-traumatic stress disorder from the war were housed in thin-walled trailers close to a firing range and bomb-testing. In fine government tradition, the story only became public when a civilian contract doctor was fired for complaining about it too much. Associated Press via WNCT-TV (Greenville, N.C.)

Jury Duty Extra: Of course, the U.S. legal system is derived from English law, so here's an accused bank robber from Whitefield, Manchester, Mr. David Holyoak, 33 [and pay no attention to the impertinent editorial comment from Metro.co.uk]. Metro (London)

Coolest Parents: Sherri and Tom Milley, lawyers in Calgary, Alberta, brought their two kids' local school authorities to their knees. They actually worked out a complex legal document that frees their kids from having to do homework. Awesome! There's more to the story than that, but still –. The Globe & Mail

Chutzpah!: An ex-cop and his ex-chief filed for compensation from the city of Stoughton, Mass., after they were fired following their convictions for attempted extortion. They demand their accrued vacation time and sick leave, plus all that overtime they put in preparing to defend themselves against the extortion charges. Brockton Enterprise.

Government Failure: When the treasury was fat back during the real estate boom, the Florida legislature thought it crucially important to keep experienced bureaucrats from retiring and so passed a super-generous incentive plan that now doesn't look so good. A community college president, Ann McGee, 60, is the latest beneficiary. She makes $230,000 a year and will retire at the end of the year — for 30 days, after which she'll be back at work collecting her salary. The 30-day layoff entitles her to collect $390,000 in advance retirement pay, which only docks her original retirement pay period for 32 months. News 13 (Bright House Cable News, Orlando)

Police Blotter (from the 11-18-2009 Minneapolis Star Tribune (reporting a crime in Apple Valley on 10-13-2009): "Officers responded to a report that a man was sitting on the curb in front of his house talking to himself. When officers arrived they found a very intoxicated man who wanted officers to drive him to Washington, D.C., so that he could discuss the country's military involvement in the Middle East with President Obama. Instead he was taken to detox." Star Tribune

Update: The Dept. of Corrections police dog handlers in Powhatan County, Va., who were caught intimately fondling their best friend/colleague for as-yet-uncertain reasons (kinky? hazing? just being friendly?) [NOTW/Pro, 11-2-2009] will not be prosecuted for the obvious reason that it's against the law only to be "cruel" to animals. WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.)

Can't Possibly Be True: For 13 years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been milking undercover work by illegal Salvadorean immigrant Ernesto Gamboa in securing drug convictions (contributing to 90 convictions and the seizure of weapons, money, vehicles, and at least 282 lbs. of cocaine). He now has a modest request: He'd like to be sponsored for citizenship. No can do, said ICE and the U.S. Attorney in Seattle. In fact, said ICE, prepare to be deported. Seattle Times

Mean Streets: Jamar Pinkney Sr., 37, of suburban Detroit is a piece of work. The mother of his 15-year-old son told Jamar that the kid had confessed to having had "inappropriate contact" with his 3-year-old half-sister. That was enough for Jamar. He took the kid to a vacant lot, had him kneel, and executed him with a single shot in the head. ABC News

Additional Newsrangers: Gary Goldberg, Dave Wickstrom, and Justin Bennett