News of the Weird 2.0
(Almost) Daily, Since May 21, 2012
Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
June 10, 2012
(datelines from June 4 or later) (links correct as of June 10)
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In Holladay, Utah, R. Wagner Jones announced for the Board of Education. Jones is a registered sex offender whose name won't come off the list (assuming he stays clean) until 2015. [Ehh, not quite as bad as it looks, but still . . ..] KSL-TV
(Salt Lake City)
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Sounds Like a Joke: University of Tokyo Grad School geniuses say they've developed diet-aid goggles that change the image of the size of the piece of food you pick up (without changing the size of your hand) so that you can imagine you're eating more food than you are. (Bonus: It's not an April 1st story.) Daily Telegraph
Los Angeles's Roosevelt High (to bring down a sky-high rate of teenage pregnancies) has partnered with Planned Parenthood for birth control on demand. Pregnancies are way down. [That's so
wonderful horrible. Y'all don't fight, now.] Los Angeles Times
I See a Future of America Brawling: On a Greek political talk show, a far-rightist smacked two far-leftists on camera. [Greece is now in what stage of grief? Denial? Anger? Bargaining? Depression? Certainly not Acceptance. America's still in Denial.] Global Post
The State of Journalism: Last Sunday evening, anchor Meghan Torjussen of WMTW-TV , Portland, Maine, got a note to pass on to New Englander Celtics fans. Game 4 (eventual final score, Boston, 93, Miami Heat 91) would go to overtime. "I guess the game just ended," she announced. "This is what my producer is telling me right now." "There's the score [on the screen, end of the 4th quarter], 89-89. Uh, went down to the wire . . . ended in a tie. [A]ll right, let's move on to professional baseball." Huffington Post
Police in Krakow, Poland, prepping for Euro 2012, warned potential rowdies that not only do the cops have dogs specially trained to go for the crotch, they have sonic cannons that supposedly provoke mass urination. New York Daily News
R. J. Williams, 22, previously famous for devouring an ordinary light bulb in 33 seconds, is now famous for (allegedly) robbing seven New York City banks--done in when he was ID'd returning to one he had already robbed. New York Post
The Way Washington Works: Under questioning by super-gov't-skeptic U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Labor Dept. official admitted the gov't's definition of a "green" job includes janitors at solar-panel plants, school bus drivers (public transportation), antique dealers and used-record shop clerks (they're "recycling"), and even anti-green environmental lobbyists. Daily Caller
District of Calamity: The president of the Washington, D.C., City Council is out, after admitting to fraud; a few months ago, another Council member was sentenced to 3 yrs for stealing youth-sports money; two allies of the mayor have pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a different investigation; and the prosecutors aren't done yet, apparently. New York Times
As you may have noticed by my erratic "schedule" of posting, I'm still working through how I want to present this-here thing to readers. My top 2 preferences are: (1) to publish 4-5 times a week and (2) to feature only stuff that tickles me. Beyond that, I have several models that I wish to pursue but haven't figured out how to integrate them.
Thanks to the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors.