Foot Massages, Killer Rewards, False Teeth

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

Britain's local councils out of control
(1) Lambeth Council (south London) will spend £90k to hire "reflexologists" to deal with unruly adolescents, via such treatment as foot massages. (2) And, by the way, Bournemouth Council issued an edict banning the word "via" (and 18 other Latin terms) because they're too "elitist" and might make people feel bad if they didn't understand them. (3) And a East Cambridge District Council jackbooter closed down a tavern's gentle, half-hour poetry-reading session because the pub had only a "music" license, not a "spoken word" license. Daily Mail /// Daily Mail /// Daily Telegraph
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She murdered her husband but still might inherit his $1.2m estate
Connecticut law (apparently like other states') has an absolute bar to inheritance only if ya killed the bequeather by 1st or 2nd degree murder. So, theoretically, if you kill a spouse merely by "manslaughter," you're still eligible to cash in, with the decision left up to a probate judge. (The judge might be disinclined to allow this one, seein' as how her methodology was to douse her Mr. Right with gasoline and set him on fire.) Stamford Advocate
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Your Daily Loser
Merle Sorenson, 48, said he drove his Hummer into the Columbia River near Quincy, Wash., because he wanted to see just how far he could get from shore while still being able to back up and get out OK. (Bonus reason: Also, he wanted to clean his tires.) Associated Press via News Tribune (Tacoma)
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Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
Was there domestic violence (a death threat, a beating) between Louise Deeringer, 56, and Guy Dugas, 49, over the whereabouts of Louise's false teeth? Tampa Tribune
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More Things to Worry About on Monday

Can't Possibly Be True: An Austin, Tex., mother tossed her kid out into traffic because mom thought the girl was a "slut." (Bonus: The kid's four years old.) American-Statesman

Britain's worst fighter hung up his gloves after 300 bouts (with 44 wins, including the last one, on Saturday). Wall Street Journal

Shanghai police busted a gambling ring based on cricket matches (no, not the wicket stuff, cricket crickets) and captured the most notorious, um, cricket whisperer, who could coax even the most reluctant ones to brawl. Agence France-Presse via Herald Sun (Melbourne)

A New Jersey middle-schooler was sent home for causing trouble just by showing up on Halloween dress-up day as, er, Jesus Christ. WCBS-TV (New York City)

The child-protection agency in West Australia state is spending A$500k (US$340k) a year on 24/7 care of a particularly risky 14-yr-old, to keep him out of trouble. The Australian

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     Posted By: Chuck - Mon Nov 03, 2008

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