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Respite for Print

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 10,2010 - The Long Island daily newspaper Newsday became one of the first nonbusiness newspapers to charge customers for access to its Website...

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Next Time, a Bazooka

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Feb 3,2010 - When Donald Koranek, 80, tried to enter the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Courthouse with a pocketknife, a security guard told him to take the knife to his car. He returned with a gun.

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When the Heimlich Maneuver Fails

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 27,2010 - While handcuffing assault suspect Andrew Grande, 23, sheriff’s deputies in Bay County, Fla., said they observed him swallowing what turned out to be a “large bag of marijuana.”

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As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fry

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 20,2010 - Allegedly intending to demonstrate the dangers of frying a turkey, morning disc jockeys on radio station WFLZ in Tampa, Fla., planned to use a crane...

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Central Unintelligence Agency

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 13,2010 - Dennis Montgomery, head of a small software company in Reno, Nev., duped the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security...

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Social Networking

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jan 6,2010 - A Detroit man who took a bus to Madison, Wis., to spend a week dating a woman he met on Facebook told police that when his visit ended, she pretended to drive him...

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Democracy Follies

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 30,2009 - Edward Natapei, the prime minister of the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, lost his job and his seat in parliament when he left the country on official business but forgot to...

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Shoe Business

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 23,2009 - A man who robbed a shoe store in Knoxville, Tenn., made off with four or five left-foot shoes from the storeroom.

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When the Do-Not-Call List Isn’t Enough

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 16,2009 - Police arrested Daniel Adler, 61, for luring a telemarketer to his home to punch in the face. Investigators in Stony Point, N.Y., told WABC News that Adler was upset with being called by Sears...

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Bionic Bottom

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 9,2009 - After suffering massive internal injuries from a car accident, Ged Galvin, 55, needed a colostomy bag, until British surgeons rebuilt his rectum.
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