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Outsourcing Upgrade

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // May 5,2010 - Professors at some U.S. universities have begun sending students’ papers to India, Singapore and Malaysia to be graded ...

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Look Ma, No Eyes

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Apr 28,2010 - Turkish pop singer Metin Senturk, who has been blind since he was 3, wept for joy after learning that he had become the world’s fastest unaccompanied blind driver.

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Monkey With a Monkey on Its Back

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Apr 21,2010 - After spotting a rhesus macaque that has been loose in Florida’s Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for more than a year, authorities shot the monkey twice with tranquilizer darts...

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How Expanded Playoffs Thin the Herd

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Apr 7,2010 - Police said Eugene Edward Palmer, 40, tried to rob a bank in Brunswick, Fla., but gave up after yanking futilely on the locked door, failing to realize the branch was drive-through only ...

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Bad Medicine

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Mar 31,2010 - Massachusetts authorities accused former Fall River dentist Michael Clair of putting paper clips in patients’ mouths during root canals ...

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Get ’Em While They Last

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Mar 24,2010 - The Hump, a Japanese restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., known for its exotic sushi, admitted serving whale meat ...

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Ironies Illustrated

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Mar 17,2010 - Michigan's Saugatuck Township asked voters to approve a new tax to fight lawsuits seeking lower taxes. Township Board Trustee Jim Hanson explained that lawsuits by developers and people trying ...

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Arrest Resister of the Week

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Mar 10,2010 - When two city police officers found Jack A. Seabright Jr., 23, passed out in his vehicle in Washington, Pa., they tried various ways to rouse him.

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Rocket Man

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Mar 3,2010 - A 62-year-old man hosting a sledding party in Oakland County, Mich., stuffed a used automobile muffler with gasoline, gunpowder and match heads ...

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Holy Scanner

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 24,2010 - Grzegorz Sowa, a Catholic priest in the Polish town of Gryfow Slaski, installed an electronic reader to check fingerprints of schoolchildren so he could monitor their attendance at mass.
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