October 2006

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Coin-Toss Decision Not the Weirdest Thing abut Alaskan Election

Those of you who have been closely following the race for school-board seats in the Aleutian Islands know that the two candidates for the open seat in Adak, Alaska, were tied after the October 3 election.  (Each woman had nineteen…


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German Love Witch Loses Appeal

In 2006, a court in Munich, Germany, confirmed that a local woman described as a "love witch" would have to pay back the 1,000 euros that she had charged another woman for various spells designed to get her ex-boyfriend to…



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Judge Queries Whether Defendant Wants a Piece of Him; Is Censured

Earlier this month, the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct voted to censure an Albany city judge for inappropriate conduct.  Actually, I guess they described it as "deplorable" and "utterly inexcusable," but you decide. The censure is based on two…


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Wisconsin Spa Bandit Strikes For Sixth Time

In one of the more unlikely serial-criminal stories that I’ve seen, police in Brookfield, Wisconsin, said this week that the Spa Bandit had struck again, ordering $400 worth of treatments at a local salon and spa, and then fleeing without…


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Boston Primary School Becomes Latest to Ban Tag

Joining at least three other elementary schools across the nation, Willett Elementary School in Attleboro, Massachusetts (south of Boston) has banned tag, touch football and other other "unsupervised chase game" during recess.  School officials cited concerns that children might get…


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DA Sticks With Witness Who Says He Sees Horned Aliens

See, this is what I mean — I already have a stack of material, and then I see a headline like the above in the Daily Journal this very morning.  The hits just keep on coming.  It’s hard to do…


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Andy Griffith Running for Sheriff in Wisconsin

In what seems like an unfair move — how could you not vote for "Andy Griffith" to be your sheriff? — a music store owner in Grant County, Wisconsin, changed his name from "William Fenrick" to "Andy Griffith" upon entering…



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Chinese Entrepreneur Sues for Right to Sell Special Air

Li Jie is suing the Chaoyang Industry and Commerce Bureau, angry that the CICB has undermined his business by denying him a permit to sell bags of air to consumers.  (Not "air bags," just "bags of air.")  Li pointed out…