March 2007

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Malaysian Police Round Up Midget Gang

Police in Malaysia have finally captured the "Midget Gang," a group of eight tiny bandits who had committed a string of burglaries over at least the past three months in the central Ampang district.  According to the original report in…


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Jury Rejects Teacher’s Claim of Anti-Witch Discrimination

The AP reported this week that a New York jury rejected a claim by teacher Lauren Berrios against a school district for wrongful termination.  Berrios sought $2 million in damages based on her claim that she was fired for being…


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Penguin Sought in Connection With Child Taunting

The Kansas City Star reported yesterday that authorities in the suburb of Gardner, Kansas, were investigating reports that a man showed up at an elementary-school basketball game and disrupted it by insulting the children.  He also scuffled with coaches and…


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China Says Its Courts Will Be More Cautious With Death Penalty

In a joint statement released on Sunday, the top legal bodies of the People’s Republic of China have declared that the country should "gradually reduce" the number of executions it carries out, and should be a little more careful in…



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High School Dispute-Resolution Exercise Solves Major World Problems

The Daily Journal legal newspaper reported last week on a 10th-grade history class exercise that put students in the roles of Benjamin Franklin and Britain’s Frederick North at the time of the American Revolution.  Amazingly, it appears that by applying…


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Man Asks Police for Help With Break-In

An unidentified man in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, called police earlier this week and asked for help breaking into a church.  They were happy to come over, but didn’t help him with the break-in.  The man told police that he had…


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Libel Suit Against Food Critic Alleges Steak Sandwich Misclassified

Adam Liptak of the New York Times writes today (March 7) about restaurants filing libel lawsuits against food critics.  The lawsuits are not uncommon, although, as Liptak writes, they are virtually never successful. The most recent example is a new…


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Werewolf Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Robert Marsh was arrested last week in Wisconsin and charged with several offenses stemming from an incident early Thursday morning in which he broke down a woman’s door and grabbed her.  Two other men in the home stopped Marsh, who…