Saturday, August 2, 2008

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Texas High School Orders Prison Jumpsuits for Offenders
Violating Gonzales High School's dress code is not a crime, but some of the offenders are about to start looking a lot like convicts.
Soon after classes begin Aug. 25, violators of the district's beefed-up dress code must don navy blue coveralls unless they get another set of clothes from home — or serve in-school suspension. The outfits aren't just styled like prison jumpsuits — they're actually made by Texas inmates.
Kids wearing spaghetti-strap tank tops, extra baggy pants, cargo pants or T-shirts may find themselves finishing the school day in the drab one-piece outfits. Boys with earrings or facial hair, girls in miniskirts and anyone in clothes that show underwear face the same fate.
Some parents and students are crying foul.
Girl's Disease Turning Her Skin to Stone
A young girl’s skin is turning to stone as she suffers from a rare, incurable disease called acute systemic scleroderma. The autoimmune disorder means Hope Barrie’s body produces too much collagen, causing her skin to tighten and harden. It is difficult for the 11-year-old from Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland, to move around, and she has already had to give up one passion.
Hope suffers from the systemic version of the disease, which starts out with poor circulation in the fingers and progresses to thickening of the skin, according to the International Scleroderma Network’s Web site. The disease may even spread to her organs. As the disease progresses, the hardening of the skin makes it difficult to move fingers and toes, and open the mouth.
4-Year-Old Takes Car Keys, Goes For Joyride
At four-years-old, many children still can't ride a bike, but one Kentucky boy took it one step further.
The Lincoln County boy wanted to go to his grandmother's house, so he took the car keys and his little brother and left.
It happened on Saturday on Maxi Ridge Road in Lincoln County.
Sheriff Curt Folger says the boy took off while his mother and her boyfriend were asleep. The Sheriff says the boy got in the car, adjusted the seat and somehow got the car turned around.
The four-year-old didn't make it very far, crashing the car through a fence and some trees. Neither boy was hurt in the crash.
The Sheriff says when the boy's mother's boyfriend, Douglas Bell, got to the scene he was upset and made a move like he was going to hurt the boy or a deputy. Bell was arrested and charged with menacing. The boy's mother has been reported to child protective services in Jessamine County where she lives.
FBI Agents Arrest Sheriff's Son
FBI agents arrest a Johnson County man after officials say he was indicted on drug trafficking charges. Hoy Curtis Witten, 35, of Sitka is accused of distributing methadone and cocaine in eastern Kentucky.
Officials say he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty this afternoon in federal court. He's now out of jail on bond.
Federal officials say Witten is Johnson County Sheriff Bill Witten's son.

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