April 2006

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“Da Vinci Code” Judge Encodes Message in Ruling

About a month ago, British High Court Justice Peter Smith ruled that Dan Brown had not plagiarized an earlier work ("Holy Blood, Holy Grail") when writing his best-seller (you may have heard of it), "The Da Vinci Code."  It turns…


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Lawmakers Demonstrate Commitment to Conservation

With gas prices getting higher all the time, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been quick to show concern, and many have been jumping on the alternative-fuel bandwagon.  That includes top House Republicans, who held a press conference…


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German Court Holds Streakers Liable to Stadium Owners

A judge in Rostock, Germany, has ruled that soccer-stadium operators may recover damages from people who run naked onto the soccer field during matches.  This is evidently a problem plaguing the world of European soccer, and foreign streakers have been…


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Burying the Hatchet

Recently quoted in The New Yorker: [Detroit] Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has named former mayoral challenger and City Councilwoman Sharon Mc Phail, who once accused him of rigging her massage chair to electrocute her, to the newly created position of general…


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David Copperfield Claims to Have Tricked Muggers

Illusionist David Copperfield and two of his assistants were robbed Sunday night by a group of teenagers who drove up as the performers were walking to their tour bus after a show in Palm Beach, Florida.  Two of the teens…



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Gum-Chewer Charged with Insulting Kemal Ataturk

Veysel Dalci, the leader of a local branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, was charged with "insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk" after a military official spotted him chewing gum while laying a wreath at a statue of Ataturk on…


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No Seat-Belt Citation for Corpse

A German woman was stopped and arrested recently after police got a tipoff that she was transporting a dead body in her car.  The woman was taking a relative to be buried in her hometown and said she was trying…


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The Latest on Your Homeland Security Dollars

The Washington Times reports this week on spending under a loophole in the "Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act," passed last year in the House of Representatives by a vote of 409-10.  The poorly-acronymed FASFFFRA was a real…


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Florida State Senator Promises to Try New Media Strategies

State Senator Gary Siplin was charged on April 10 with grand theft for allegedly misusing taxpayer money.  Since then, he has shown, shall we say, a lack of skill in dealing with the media. He acknowledged to reporters this week…