Chuck’s Hand-Picked Overnight Weird News for Friday

The most exciting thing that ever happened to a turtle researcher
The guy monitoring the daily habits of Turtle No. 72 in Washington, D.C.,'s Rock Creek Park for the last 7 yrs, mostly via the radio transmitter on 72's back, but every few days paying a personal visit, came upon a farm of 10 marijuana plants grown deep in the brush by a local college student, and Park Police are on the case. Washington Post
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Full-time job, car, laptop, wi-fi, cell phone, PayPal account, Netflix subscription—everything except a home
Tom Sepa is not "homeless"; he's an "urban outdoorsman." San Francisco's housing is just too expensive, so he pitches a tent on the back trails of Golden Gate Park most nights so he can stash away a bit of nest egg from his telemarketing job. How to avoid the Park cops? "The whole thing is stealth. I am in after dark and back out before dawn. I do no drinking, make no noise, and always leave it cleaner than when I went in." San Francisco Chronicle
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Your Daily Loser
Gibson Cook, 56, another one of those scrap metal thieves, went foraging for copper at a landfill in Dillon, S.C., crawled under a large container, and got stuck. No one came along for 12 hours. Associated Press via Yahoo [photo of Cook, still trapped]
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Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
Donroy Merrival might be guilty of willful injury if indeed he did bite off a guy's nose in a fight. (Actually, you could probably render a verdict just as well from Merrival's first name.) Associated Press via Detroit Free Press
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More Things to Worry About on Friday
The estranged husband whose face was a "waffle" pattern had no trouble convincing police that his wife had, indeed, beaten him with a meat tenderizer . . . . . "Naked man impaled on rusty metal spike" (yet another instance of a man looking, ineptly, for some outdoor privacy to attend to a nature's call) . . . . . Minor-party politico Kishor Samrite, who helped Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the recent elections in India, decided to thank a Hindu goddess for the victory, which means, as usual, animals paying the price (in this case, 200 sacrificed goats and 4 sacrificed bulls) . . . . . And in Chuck's opinion, not much else went on yesterday (except for that guy who went nuts on the Greyhound bus in Manitoba and spontaneously stabbed his seatmate to death and severed his head, but then, you all already know that, 'cause the story's everywhere now). Today's Newsrangers: Michael Ravnitzky, Robb Ludwig, Scott Langill, Neil Gimon, Dan Peerless, Geoffrey Megargee, Perry Levin
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     Posted By: Chuck - Fri Aug 01, 2008

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