The News of the Weird Blog
Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule
Hand-Picked and Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Springfield, Ill.: Next Sunday’s NOTW will feature Fr. Tom Donovan, the Catholic priest who had to call EMTs because he was wearing, in the rectory, a gag and handcuffs that he couldn’t get off. (He went on leave, immediately.) Now, his bishop defends him by quoting a therapist as saying that Fr. Donovan was practicing “self-bondage” for stress relief and that it’s “non-sexual” (as if “sexual” would be weirder). Wisconsin Gazette
New York City: All hail high-achiever Aryeh Eller, 46, as he approaches some sort of golden milestone ($1m in salary and benefits) earned in 14 yrs on the job as a schoolteacher--1 year in the classroom and 13 in the union-rights “rubber room” (his reward for beating a fondled-students charge on a technicality, keeping his job, but where, no way, is the Board of Ed letting him near students again). New York Post
Keene, N.H.: The best that Dr. Donald Holshuh (a grown-up) could come up with (allegedly), having just been testified against by a dentist in a license-suspension case, was to go to the dentist’s office and pee on his door. WMUR-TV (Manchester, N.H.)
Cowley, England: Nora Sly, 60-yr church member, will be immortalized by St. Mary’s . . . by having a cement gargoyle that sorta resembles her smiling face in the church’s new tower. Gloucestershire Echo [2 photos]
Sanford, Fla.: Pastor Sam Hinn, the brother of televangelist Benny, admitted to the Gathering Place Worship Center that he had been “drawn into” violating commandments VII, IX, and X. Orlando Sentinel
Oklahoma City: Meet Mr. Right, single and oh-so-available. Dustin Coyle, 34, was arrested for torturing his ex-girlfriend’s cat, and sexually assaulting the woman, because she wouldn’t listen to reason that he loves her. He told police, “If she would just marry me, that would solve everything,” but that he’d settle for her being his girlfriend again--or a one-night stand. The Oklahoman
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . until the mug shot is released]:
Atlanta: A pickup truck driver with a “possessed” look played serious bumper cars over a 15-mile stretch around Atlanta last Wednesday. Could it possibly have been Michael Snider, 70? Associated Press via Athens Banner-Herald
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