December 2008

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Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Evolving Into Mythic Hero Symbol

The story of the journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush the other day has now become entirely surreal, with the shoe-thrower being hailed as a hero throughout the Muslim world, and the shoe itself adopted by crowds as…


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Burglar Says He Was Trapped In Home By “Supernatural Figure”

A Malaysian newspaper reported last weekend that a couple had returned from a trip to find an exhausted, dehydrated and terrified burglar inside their home.  The man, who the couple reportedly found "clasping his hands in an apologetic gesture for his wrongdoing," said…


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Breath Tests Demanded for Australian Legislators

Australian newspapers, and some members of Parliament, called this month for legislators there to be subjected to periodic breath tests.  The calls were prompted by a series of incidents in which drunken legislators have embarrassed themselves and the government. Most recently, a New…


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Bush Survives Shoe Barrage During Baghdad Press Conference

Sources said President Bush was resting comfortably after narrowly escaping injury at a press conference in Baghdad on Sunday night.  The president, on a surprise visit to the Iraqi capital, was surprised to find a shoe being thrown at him…


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UPDATE: Urlacher’s Toenail Accuser Has Lied Before

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about allegations that Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been painting his three-year-old son's toenails blue and otherwise causing him gender confusion.  I was reminded recently that Urlacher's accuser, Tyna Marie Robertson, has a…


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Thief Unwisely Tries to Steal Law Student’s Laptop

A burglar learned the dangers of trying to come between a first-year law student and his case notes in an incident on November 6 at Arizona State University.  Alex Botsios told police he woke up to find that a man…


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Batman Reportedly Planning to File Bat-Complaint

Variety Magazine reported last month that the mayor of Batman, a city in southeastern Turkey, is preparing a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan, the director of the two most recent "Batman" movies.  The mayor alleges that the filmmakers…


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Single-Equity-Partner Structure Poses Risk, Says Magazine

"Dreier Troubles Show Danger of Single-Equity-Partner Structure," says a headline on the ABA Journal's site today. One such danger: the single equity partner gets locked up for fraud. This was in connection with the arrest of Marc Dreier, of the…


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“Chinese Democracy” Criticized by Chinese Government

After 17 years of working on it, Axl Rose is finally happy with the new Guns N' Roses album, "Chinese Democracy."  Surprisingly, the Chinese government is less pleased. Websites and searches related to the album were reportedly blocked throughout China…


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Cardboard Criminals, or, Paper Perpetrators

On December 3, authorities in Reading, Pennsylvania, reported that a man disguised as a paper plate tried to rob a local gas station.  According to a report in the Morning Call, "[t]he caper began near Reading when a man wearing…