May 2009

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CORRECTION: Alabama Governor Signs Beer Law; Disaster Looms

I am informed by Free the Hops representatives that Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has in fact signed House Bill 373, which raises the state alcohol limit for beer to 13.9 percent by volume.  The state's limit was previously six percent,…



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Handcuffing Leads to Divorce

Robert Drawbaugh has filed for divorce from his wife, saying that their marriage had "broken down irretrievably."  A warning sign: police had to rescue him in March after she handcuffed them together and started biting him. Despite the difficult situation,…



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Pringles Qualify as “Potato Chips,” Court Rules

Reversing a lower court's ruling that Pringles did not qualify as "potato chips" for purposes of taxation, Britain's Court of Appeals has held that they are, basically, close enough. This matters because if Pringles are considered "potato chips" – or…


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When To Give Up Crime

When you are beaten and subdued by two 19-year-old Hooters girls.  This is a relatively clear sign that you are in the wrong line of work. Last month in Loganville, Georgia, a 40-year-old man saw two girls walk into a…



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Missourians Elect Another Dead Man to Office

In April, voters in Winfield, Missouri, elected Harry Stonebraker to a fourth term as mayor.  He won an overwhelming victory, taking 90 percent of the vote.  He had also been dead for about a month. Stonebraker died on March 11,…


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Compulsive Gambler Says Casino Enticed Him With “Lucky Money”

Testifying this week in his case against Melbourne's Crown Casino, real-estate developer and compulsive gambler Harry Kakavas blamed the casino for causing him to lose $30 million (Australian) during a lengthy gambling spree in which he may have risked as much…