(Almost) Daily, Since May 21, 2012
Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
May 21, 2012
(datelines from May 4 or later) (links correct as of May 21)
© 2012 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.
Editor's Note (I): This format change, of course, represents about News of the Weird 8.0 because I've promised so much this and so much that over the years. I'm optimistic. People evolve. Business models evolve. Writers free themselves. (But eventually, "Freedom's just another word for . . ..") Fair enough.
Editor's Note (II): Because I was away last week, the first two days of this grand experiment will consist of catching up with the backlog of news. Starting Wednesday, just a few cites a day.
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They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To: Donnell Battie filed a $1m lawsuit against Walmart because a kid commandeered the store's loudspeaker and made an "all black people must leave the store" prank broadcast. Battie, presumably in the affected class, said listening to that announcement drove him to a doctor's care, for "severe and disabling emotional and psychological harm" Associated Press via ABC News
Meanwhile, over on the Left Tail (of the Bell Curve): Keithan Manuel, 18, was arrested after allegedly trying to rob the dispatcher's desk at the Wilmer, Tex., police station. /// Calvin Hill, 54, was arrested after allegedly stabbing a 41-yr-old man in a fight over which one was getting more sex. /// A woman, threatened by a man while she was walking her dog in a Seattle park, started swinging her pooper scooper, and then he grabbed one, too, and they dueled until he ran away. KRLD-TV (Dallas) /// The Smoking Gun /// KOMO-TV (Seattle) via KVAL-TV (Eugene, Ore.)
"U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!"
A Tennessee law took effect extending "abstinence" sex education by also scorning "gateway" activity that might possibly lead to sex, like hugging and kissing. MSNBC
A CNN investigation showed that Disabled Veterans National Foundation is like the ol' Roach Motel. Money comes in (up to $2bn) but doesn't go out--except in oh-so-useful "donations" like hand sanitizers, aprons, and cough drops. CNN
Take one part "Surplus of dental school grads with loans to repay"; add "Medicaid bump-ups as several states liberalize children's dental benefits"; add "Bain Capital-like private-equity firms trying to
Funny Old World*
A prestigious private boys' school in Bonn came under investigation for its longstanding practice of administering painkillers by suppository (but only in severe cases, the director said). Der Spiegel via The Local (Berlin)
There is still some bullfighting going on in the world, but Aproz, Switzerland, is the only place where you can see cows fight. (They take it seriously; they have anti-doping rules, for instance.) Wall Street Journal
From a Chinese blog, photos of a high school cram-session classroom with everyone hooked up to IV drips of amino acids, to help with the National College Entrance Exam. Without the drips, kids would lose too much time running to the infirmary for injections. Boing Boing
Touchingly, they still remember Josef Stalin in the Ukraine--but with a monument in which his pants are down, and he's shooting a stream at the nation. RIA Novasti (Moscow) [Link has an Agence France-Presse photo of the monument]
Medical Marvel: [It's been done before, famously, but I'm not No-Longer-Weirding it until I see it with my own eyes. It just can't be true.] Ms. Bat-El Panker "accidentally" swallowed (whole) her toothbrush, and it took a gastro-intestinal specialist at Carmel Hospital in Haifa, Israel, to remove it. YNet News (Tel Aviv)
News of the Weird 1.0
Again: This time, it was a 24-yr-old man in Stockholm, N.Y., who got a buddy to shoot him (in the leg) so he could find out what it felt like. Associated Press via WSYR-TV (Syracuse)
Again: Guys with illegal drugs sometimes hide them in their personal chute. A Rockingham, Vt., traffic stop nailed Alex Boulet, whose rectum was soon inventoried of 84 rocks of crack cocaine plus 218 Oxycodone pills plus 11 grams of marijuana. The Smoking Gun
Again: A grown man (Lyle Moodie, 53) insisted that the 16-yr-old girl he sexually assaulted was actually the aggressor. ("I pulled back and said [to her], 'No, stop.'") Canoe.ca (Toronto)
Your Daily Jury Duty
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . until the mug shot is released]:
If you're thinking of running a puppy mill, public opinion is already against you, and if you look like Cheri or George Burke, you might want to consider makeovers before you face the jurors. MLive.com
Journalism 2.0: Example of how Germany's Bild plans to survive the newspaper downturn: a world map, color-coded by country according to the average size of women's breasts (though it likely overstates Germany). Business Insider
Capo Di Tutto Tack-o: When police raided this Italian mobster, they found "a temple to the Scarface school of grandiose design." (Photos include the "headache-inducing" tiny-tile-mosaic bathroom.) The Guardian (London) /// gallery
Thanks to Jay Scott, Esteban Bazan, and Perry Levin, and the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors. (* stolen from Private Eye; [Chuck's editor.: Stolen? You're better than that.] [Chuck: I'm not.])