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Banjo Wielded

I concede this one is at least slightly off-topic, but I'm going to post it anyway.  It's breaking news from my hometown of Kansas City: Charges filed in Overland Park banjo self-defense case Police say the Monday banjo blow to…


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Werewolf Declines Offer to Settle Lawsuit With Push-Up Contest

According to various sources, Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who apparently plays a werewolf or something like that, has refused an offer to settle a pending lawsuit by means of a contest to see who can do more push-ups. First of all,…


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Need a Tie-Breaker Provision? Consider Rock, Paper, Scissors

The provision below, which describes a procedure for resolving a voting deadlock, was sent to me by someone who said it was an actual provision in a company's operating agreement.  Actually, I was at least fifth in the chain of emails…



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The Courthouse: Still Not a Good Place to Assault Someone

Tempers do flare from time to time when practicing law, and sometimes conflict is unavoidable.  But there are still a few basic rules that you really must observe: In modern-day practice, engaging in fisticuffs is generally considered unprofessional. If you are…


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Food Fight Breaks Out in Ukrainian Parliament

When your legislators really care about democracy, it shows.  In the U.S., most speeches are made to a C-SPAN camera in an otherwise empty room, and almost nobody watches.  In other countries, they feel strongly enough to get involved in…



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No-Dueling Promise May Be Dropped From Kentucky Oath

As I wrote last year (here, and here), since 1849 the Kentucky Constitution has required anyone holding any "office of honor or profit" to swear that they have never fought or otherwise participated in a duel. This provision was added…



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911 Caller Declares Parenting Emergency

Police in Roxbury, Massachusetts, said that an exasperated mother called 911 on Saturday, saying she could not get her 14-year-old son to stop playing "Grand Theft Auto" and go to sleep.  Angela Mejia said she woke up at 2:30 a.m., hours…