Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Poisonous Fish Testicles Send 7 Japanese Diners to Hospital
Seven diners in northern Japan fell ill and three remained hospitalized Tuesday after eating blowfish testicles prepared in a restaurant not authorized to serve the poisonous delicacy.
The owner of the restaurant in Tsuruoka city, who is also the chef, had no license to serve blowfish and was being questioned on suspicion of professional negligence, police official Yoshihito Iwase said.
Blowfish, while extremely poisonous if not prepared properly, is considered a delicacy in Japan and is consumed by thrill-seeking gourmets.
Iwase said the seven men ordered sashimi and grilled blowfish testicles at the restaurant Monday night.
Shortly after, they developed limb paralysis and breathing trouble and started to lose consciousness — typical signs of blowfish poisoning — and were rushed to a hospital for treatment, Iwase said.
Woman Denied Bikini Job Sues Restaurant
A woman who wanted a job as a bikini-clad barmaid at a New York City eatery says managers rejected her because she has a "Latin accent."
Melody Morales has sued seeking unspecified damages and saying she applied 15 times for a job at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant and bar. She says managers always denied there were any openings even though other employees said there were.
Her lawsuit says one manager told her that her "Latin accent" would ruin his business. She says another told her "You don't speak white."
Morales says she was born in New York to Dominican and Puerto Rican parents. And she says she looks good in a bikini.
$130,120 found in tire on side of highway
Police said $130,120 cash discovered inside of an abandoned tire by Indiana Department of Transportation workers was likely drug money.
The Indiana State Police said the money was discovered by the highway workers Friday while they were picking up litter along I-70 in Hancock County, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.
The workers called the state police, who said the cash was rolled up in rubber bands, a common practice among drug couriers. A law enforcement dog detected the scent of drugs on the money.
Schoolgirl's inflatable doll prank
A Romanian schoolgirl is in trouble after a police patrol caught her carrying an inflatable doll in the street.
The girl told police she was going to play a prank on a classmate for his birthday.
But the officers explained to her she might be charged with exposing pornographic materials and called her parents to the station.
The girl carried the big-breasted doll all the way from a sex-shop in downtown Constanta city to her high school where she was stopped by police.
The incident is being investigated by the head of the school where the girl is in her 10th grade.
She may be punished with a low grade for behavior and faces a fine from the police.
Lawyer Got Sh**faced In Court!
A mistrial was declared Monday when a home-invasion robbery suspect smeared human feces on his attorney's face then threw more at the jury.
Weusi McGowan, 37, was upset because San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser refused to remove Deputy Alternate Public Defender Jeffrey Martin from the case, prosecutor Christopher Lawson said.
At the mid-morning break, McGowan produced a plastic baggie filled with fecal matter and spread it on Martin's hair and face, then flung the excrement toward the jury box, hitting the briefcase of juror No. 9 but missing the juror himself.
"That juror didn't even see it coming," Lawson said.
The prosecutor said the defendant was compliant after the outburst and was taken into custody without further incident.
After lunch, Fraser dismissed the jury, telling them McGowan would have to get a new lawyer and that his trial would be delayed.
The judge scheduled a status conference for Feb. 9 and raised the defendant's bail from $250,000 to $1 million, finding he is a danger to the community.
Talk about your crappy lawyers...

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