Brain Critters, Brain Locks, Brain-Dead

and the Morning Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Friday

Oh, great, now neurosurgeons have to be entomologists
Dr. Peter Nakaji told KSAZ-TV in Phoenix that his patient's MRI looked clean at first, but she still had the unexplained blurred vision and numbness, so he looked more closely at the Image, then decided to open her up. In the deepest part of the brain was a worm. Hey, stuff happens. Maybe undercooked pork, maybe stray fecality. (Bonus: On the video of the surgery, Dr. Nakaji, upon encountering the worm, is heard to chuckle.) KSAZ-TV
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Least Competent Police: Hey, why don't we raise money by auctioning off some evidence?
Denver police mistakenly send to auction a car that's still crucial in a murder case . . with bloody items still in the car . . and somehow didn't see their mistake even though the car has bullet holes in it. (Bonus: The auction winner outbid the actual guy who got shot in the car and who later offered the auction winner his key to the car for $40.) (Relax. The police got it back, although that "chain of custody" thing is sorta shot.) Denver Post
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To be a mayor in Oregon . . .
In Sodaville (40 miles from Portland), they somehow elected as mayor a man whose rap sheet shows convictions for possession of meth, assault, attempting to elude police, felon in possession of firearm, DUI, reckless endangerment, and robbery. And furthermore, regarding Mayor Stu Rasmussen of Silverton, whom we told you about two weeks ago as being the first open transsexual mayor in America, here he is in living color and finer detail, in the Los Angeles Times. Now recall, everyone in town knows him as Stu and refers to him as a man, even though he always dresses as a woman and even flaunts his surgery-provided [CORRECTION: hormone-provided, of course] cleavage. Democrat-Herald (Albany, Ore.) /// Los Angeles Times
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People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
Police in Jackson, Wyo., said Brandon Raz, 38, admitted that he was the one who had the urge, twice, to ejaculate into the water bottle of a female co-worker, though we're still awaiting details on his thought process here. [with mugshot]
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Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
They say that Thomas Meehan, 18, is the one who has a thing for setting fires in restrooms and portajohns, but of course he is innocent until such time as his mugshot might prove him guilty. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
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More Things to Worry About on Friday

The Japanese pension agency has screwed people about as well as America's subprime mortgage market has, but here's the difference: A serial killer is loose in Japan, exactly revenge against the mismanagers. Washington Post

Another instance of "first, he actually thought of it" and then "he actually carried it out": A Belgian artist tattoos pigs, puts them on display, and sells the hide after they're slaughtered. Reuters

Fine Points of the Law: He was a convicted felon in possession of a gun, but the prosecutor couldn't prove the date of manufacture of the gun, which makes it a non-gun under federal law, but the guy's still going away because he was in felony possession of bullets. KETV (Omaha)

Another dog driving: In Port Jefferson, N.Y., a boxer/Shar-Pei mix drove into a coffee shop. (Bonus: About a mile off the coast of North Carolina, anglers picked up a Labrador retriever. Sound familiar? [News of the Weird Daily, 11-7-2008].) Newsday /// News and Observer (Raleigh)

Buried Lede: In a story about increasing theft of virtual goods in online games (Second Life, et al), it was revealed that, in a real world of 6.7 billion total people, there are more than 1 billion accounts for playing online games. The Guardian

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