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News Quirks

Better Than Billboards

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 27,2012 - The Los Angeles Police Department warned city real-estate agents to stop using unmanned aircraft to take aerial photos and videos of homes for sale.

News Quirks

Hoodwinkery

When did the KKK start supporting black and white interracial marriages?

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 20,2012 - He admitted setting the fire and writing the note, hoping to frighten her so she wouldn’t divorce him.

News Quirks

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 13,2012 - Controlling wildfires in Australia by introducing elephants and rhinoceroses Down Under.

News Quirks

Supply-Side Economics

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 6,2012 - The Environmental Protection Agency is penalizing the companies that supply motor fuel about $6.8 million for failing to comply with the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act,

News Quirks

Democracy in Other Lands

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 30,2012 - A federal court in Brazil sentenced politician Talvane de Albuquerque to 103 years in prison for ordering four of his aides to kill congresswoman Ceci Cunha so he could replace her in the Chamber of Deputies. Albuquerque was Cunha’s alternate and would have assumed her seat. Albuquerque was also convicted of ordering the murders of Cunha’s husband and two of her relatives. (Associated Press)

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Shirking-Class Heroes

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 23,2012 - Scott Bennett, 45, published a newspaper obituary for his mother, even though she was still alive. Brookville, Pa., police Chief Ken Dworek said Bennett submitted the bogus notice to The Jeffersonian Democrat

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Entitlement Programs

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 16,2012 - After an internal review of the metropolitan Washington, D.C., transit authority showed 645 items missing from one branch, investigators found 74 items in the home of a branch employee.

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When Guns Are Outlawed

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 9,2012 - Andri Lynn Jeffers, 26, admitted trying to rob a gas station in Yavapai County, Ariz., by threatening the clerk with a toy penguin. Authorities said Jeffers told the clerk that the object, which she concealed under her sweater, was a bomb. (The Arizona Republic)

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Media Bias

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 2,2012 - Upset that the news media were devoting too much coverage to crime, Mayor Mike Winder of West Valley City, Utah, began writing upbeat articles using an alias.

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Kisses of Death

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 26,2011 - Merlin Holland marked the 111th anniversary of the death of his grandfather, the writer Oscar Wilde, by unveiling Wilde’s renovated tomb, now declared to be kiss-proof. The oft-visited Paris tomb had been closed for repairs because it was “being eaten away by lipstick” caused by “endless women kissing it,” according to actor Rupert Everett, who appeared at the unveiling ceremony. A glass screen now prevents visitors from touching the stonework, although tourists have already started leaving their lipstick marks on a nearby tree. (BBC News)
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