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Hug Those Trees

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Dec 2,2010 - Crime occurs less in neighborhoods with big trees and more at homes with small ones, according to a U.S. Forest Service study using crime data from Portland, Ore.

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Irony of the Century

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 25,2010 - Smoking pot may slow or halt Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at California’s Scripps Research Institute.

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When Condoms Aren’t Enough

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 19,2010 - Laptop computers with Wi-Fi can damage DNA and decrease sperm motility after only four hours’ exposure...

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Helmet, Schmelmet

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 12,2010 - Kyle Johnson, 25, was given only a 5 percent chance of surviving after he shattered his skull by falling off his skateboard near his home in Salt Lake City.

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Reasonable Explanation

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Nov 5,2010 - After working as a taxi driver for 17 years, British ex-con John Searl, 74, returned to crime to combat rumors that he was a convicted pedophile.

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Proofreading Follies

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 29,2010 - The name of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney was misspelled as “Rich Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen Chicago wards...

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Self-aware Stupidity & Dopey Dope Dealers

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 22,2010 - Curses, Foiled Again Sheriff’s Deputy Venita Edge reported she was fueling her marked patrol car at a station in Fultondale, Ala., when Matthew Kinard, 27, pulled alongside her and aske

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Drinking-Class Hero

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 15,2010 - Anticipating a boost in space tourism, Australian researchers are hurrying to launch the world’s first beer to be certified for consumption in zero gravity.

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A Mighty Loophole Is Our God

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 8,2010 - Coffee-loving Jews observing Yom Kippur in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood managed to skirt restrictions on the intake of food by using caffeine suppositories ...

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Winners & Losers

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Oct 1,2010 - As soon as competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, 26, won Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York’s Coney Island by downing 54 wieners...
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