[News] Chuck’s Links for Saturday, April 25, 2009

Notes on the Recession: (1) Rebecca Taylor, needing big bucks for a new apartment, at first offered to sell her 5-month-old son for $10k, but was forced to mark him down to $5k. (2) New York City's Bronx Zoo, facing dwindling revenues, laid off "hundreds" of animals in four exhibits, including deer, bats, porcupines, foxes, lemurs, caimans, and antelopes. Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal /// New York Post

Shooting Fish in a Barrel (aka "reporting British concerns about 'safety'"): (1) Local gov't councils have been performing "topple tests" on gravestones to make sure none would fall over on anyone (cost: nearly £1m). (2) Clowns in Liverpool have to give up their oversized shoes because they might trip and crash into somebody. Daily Telegraph (gravestones) /// Daily Telegraph (clown shoes)

Spare the propane torch, spoil the child: A really bad parent confronts a toilet-untrained 6-yr-old. Saginaw News

[Jury Duty] Four performers from the Shreveport (La.) Opera chased Timothy Grim, 39, for six blocks after he allegedly stole a diva's dress from the rehearsal room. But it couldn't be true that, after they caught him, he offered to sell the dress back to them (and had lowered his asking price to $1), could it? KTBS-TV (Shreveport)

[Jury Duty Bonus] Generally speaking, "Melissa" and "Lori" are pretty names, but not always. Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)

Editor's Notes:
(1) I mentioned a few days ago that Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols had complained formally about the lack of fiber in his diet at Colorado's Supermax prison, and it turns out that his Supermax colleague, Atlanta anti-abortion bomber Eric Rudolph, agrees with him that their "sacred" colons deserve some bran, at least. The Smoking Gun is there. TheSmokingGun.com
(2) OK, that editor I referred to yesterday at Yahoo UK-Ireland (his photo is at the link) is now on my snot list. Newsranger Kevin Dean wrote that he's sure he saw that very story a while back in The (Incomplete) Book of Failures. Even if the story is true, the "Chuck" part of Weird Universe only does "news." Blaaah. I'll check it out.

Today's Newsrangers: Harry Farkas, Rich Pevey

     Posted By: Chuck - Sat Apr 25, 2009

Stuttgart - I just saw this story last night on the website Oddee (http://oddee.com/item_96644.aspx) - third one down.
Posted by Leshka on 04/25/09 at 10:31 AM
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Gentlemen, let us not disregard the Chatts so easily. I would be willing to call it a draw.

That thing in the top, middle square is 41?!?!? Geesh! Rough life.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 04/25/09 at 02:23 PM
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Yeah Expat! Third time's a charm!
Posted by Madd Maxx on 04/25/09 at 02:24 PM
How far is Hattiesburg from Chattanooga... Hmmm, maybe the 'HATT' in the name of the town has something to do with it.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 04/27/09 at 10:32 AM
Hattiesburg Hookers - Are those actual pictures or wood carvings? I suppose that after breaking all the camera's in the precint the cops had to resort to more drastic measures to retain those lovely ladies.

Guilty. Yuck! :sick:
Posted by DownCrisis on 04/27/09 at 11:29 AM
JD bonus- m-i-ss-i-ss-OH MY! these always leave me to wonder who would pay for that.....
Posted by mrjazz on 04/27/09 at 01:00 PM
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