The Municipal Court in Morrow County, Ohio (two counties up from Columbus), has just decided that, due to budget cuts, no new cases (civil or criminal) can be filed unless whoever files (private citizens or the district attorney) brings in his own box of paper so the court can print up the required notices (Seriously). Columbus Dispatch
Mexican Carlos Slim made the Forbes magazine richest-people list as numero tres (after Gates and Buffett), but a countryman ranked lower down on the list of the world's 793 billionaires got even more press: Joaquin Guzman Loera, the well-known head of the country's Sinaloa drug cartel. (Colombia's Pablo Escobar was on the list for 7 yrs!) CNN
Everybody knows there's no suing in baseball. If a spectator gets hit with a foul ball, or a splintered bat, he can't sue anybody. It's printed right on the ticket, and judges always uphold that. It's an"assumption of the risk" by the fan, judges say. Except for these five judges . . on the Iowa Supreme Court. Little spectator Tara Sweeney got hit when the bat slipped out of a player's hands, sailed 120 feet, and smacked her on the head, for which Mother Sweeney wants the big bucks. The trial judge dismissed Mom's lawsuit out of hand (because there's no suing in baseball!), but now the Supreme Court reversed and ordered the case onward. (Bonus: Mom had additionally signed an actual waiver of liability because Tara was on a sponsored field trip!) Des Moines Register
Students enjoy Derek's true-life stories, his heartfelt messages, choreographed musical juggling routines, and audience interaction -- all performed with a touch of comedy to make everyone laugh and think at the same time.
[Editor's Note: By the way, I'm back at work after spending a week at cynicism training camp (I was honor graduate!). My format's a little different nowadays so that I can put up more posts (though the e-mail subscribers will still get just one cumulative mail a day) (and you can sign up for the e-mail, via Mr. Google, here). Today's Newsrangers will be listed in the day's final news post.] Jeffrey Latham, 37, Pasadena, Tex., recipient of one of the shortest probations on record (after sobering up, convicted of DUI, given probation, two hours later reporting to the probation office to register, but by then, drunk on his ass). Beaumont Enterprise Marcel Fournier, 19, Concord, N.H., reported by prosecutors to have illegally hunted does instead of bucks, including, in one case, using epoxy and "lag bolts" to nail a 10-point rack on a doe's head, to fool inspectors. Burlington Free Press Terence Loyd, 32, arrested in Mansfield, La., after having scurried around on all fours, eaten dog food, rolled around in and eaten mud, and growled like a mutt (PCP is back!). Shreveport Times Matthew Dugger, 21, Cape Coral, Fla., faced with debilitating F State boredom, was sent to the ER (reason: obvious) early into an afternoon of smashing bullets with a hammer in his driveway. WZVN-TV (Fort Myers) Derek Clark, 26, is in an intensive care unit in Evansville, Ind., about to be charged with a home invasion that didn't work out (shot by homeowner, then accidentally run over by his wheel man . . twice). WFIE-TV (Evansville)
Triskaidekaphobiacs are in a state of panic because today is not only Friday the 13th; it's the second Friday the 13th in the span of four weeks. Such back-to-back Friday the 13ths haven't occurred in twenty years.
I always find it strange that some high-rise buildings still omit the 13th floor, because of course the 13th floor is still there, even if you call it something else.
Wikipedia notes that in east Asia, fear of the number 4 is more common than fear of the number 13:
Tetraphobia, fear of the number 4 — (phonetically similar to 'death') in Korea, China, and Japan, as well as in many East-Asian and some Southeast-Asian countries, it's not uncommon for buildings (including offices, apartments, hotels) to lack floors with the number 4 and Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia's 1xxx-9xxx series of mobile phones does not include any model numbers beginning with a 4. In Taiwan, tetraphobia is so common that there are no 4's or x4's for hospitals.
Thanks to Josh Klein for submitting this video, which has been described as a "catastrophic collision of Bollywood and the arms industry." Produced by an Israeli arms company to drum up business in India, it features actors in Bollywood costume dancing around surface-to-air missiles.
But dammit, I now have the idiotic jingle from the video looping endlessly in my head: Dinga Dinga, Dinga Dinga, Dinga Dinga, Dinga Dinga Dee...