January 2010

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Ohio County Pays for Bat Attack

Those of you who live in Ohio and have recently been attacked by a rabid animal, please be aware that you only have four months to ask for compensation under state law.  (File now – you can thank me later.)…


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Polling Firm Says John Edwards Is Its Most Unpopular Person Ever

According to its website, the Public Policy Polling firm got its start in 2001, so it's only been polling for nine years.  Given the low numbers for politicians generally, though, it still seems like a pretty remarkable achievement to be…


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Man Cited for “Rocking Out” to John Denver Tunes

Responding to what must be the first and only nuisance complaint ever based on the music of John Denver (based on its volume, anyway), police in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, ticketed a man on January 13 after neighbors complained the Denver…




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Dangerous Cub Scout on No-Fly List

Michael Winston Hicks is the name of a suspicious individual who is on "the list," according to the TSA. It is also the name of 8-year-old "Mikey" Winston Hicks, left, who according to a January 13 New York Times article…



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Deputy Tracks Fugitive Through World of Warcraft

Alfred Hightower had been on the run since 2007, when a warrant was issued for his arrest on drug-dealing charges.   Hightower was apparently from Kokomo, Indiana, but had fled to Canada.  His downfall, though, was that he spent a…


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2009 Lowering the Bar Awards

Here are my selections for the best of 2009’s worst. As was the case last year, all nominations and selections were determined though a complex and scrupulously fair process which involved me drinking and then picking the ones I liked…