Monday, July 4, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Man must have been “Dead Tired”
Paul Gales the owner of Farley Funeral Home arrived at work to discover a man had broken into his business and was sleeping on his office floor, according to Lee County Sheriff's Office reports.
Gales went outside and called the sheriff's office.
Deputies arrived and conducted a safety sweep of the business, but the suspect was gone.
The sleeper had left behind a white t-shirt and orange ball cap on the floor under the broken window. The suspect was not located.
Jerking police horse's tail lands woman in jail
A woman allegedly gave a Des Moines police horse's tail a tug and wound up in jail.
Tonya Scott, 41, of Des Moines was charged with interference with official acts Sunday morning.
Police said they were clearing a congested area in front of 101 Lounge, a Court Avenue District bar, around 1:30 a.m. when Scott stepped toward Scout the horse, grabbed his tail and forcibly jerked it.
Scott was taken to the Polk County Jail. She was released later.
Lack of Porn Violates Mans US Constitutional Rights
A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography.
In a handwritten lawsuit, 21-year-old Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail. Richards says denying his request for erotic material subjects him to a "poor standard of living" and "sexual and sensory deprivation."
The Michigan Department of Corrections says that prisons allow some pornographic material, though it's banned at the jail. The American Civil Liberties Union says prisons have a lot more leeway.
Richards was charged with bank robbery after police followed a trail of snowy footprints and dropped money to his apartment from a bank robbery scene in January in Fraser, north of Detroit.
Bicyclists report getting attacked by an angry hawk
Bicyclists in eastern Oregon say they're getting whacked on the head by an angry bird.
Riders in Pendleton, Ore., said that a male hawk is dive-bombing them because they're too close to a nest he's guarding in an old cottonwood tree.
Bicyclist Mack Temple says the bird came in from behind like a fighter plane and whacked his helmet. Another rider, Charlie Newhouse, says the attack on his helmet was "like getting hit with a baseball bat." He says the talons went in through the helmet.
Bird-watchers say the large bird is a Swainson's hawk. The riders say he's been vigilant for a few nesting seasons, but hasn't been as aggressive as this year.
Bird-watchers say the hawk will ease up once his brood learns to fly.
'I'll drink to that law'
Ohio's Capitol building in Columbus will be a place for making laws and making drinks.
The Ohio Statehouse's first full-service bar will open next month within an existing cafe. The bar on the building's lower level will sell beer, wine and liquor.
The Ohio agency that oversees the Statehouse says the bar will have flat-screen televisions and will be open to the public at certain times. It also will host special events and what are described as "private happy hours."
One thing it won't allow are guns.
A new Ohio law permits some concealed weapons to be carried into bars and other places where alcohol is served. But the public is prohibited from taking firearms into the Statehouse.
Convicted murderers are such delicate humans
The family of a cold-blooded killer serving 25 years to life in state prison for shooting a man in the head complains he's being stigmatized -- by the use of the term "inmate."
The label "implies that our brother is locked up for the purpose of mating with other men," claims Marie Domond in a lawsuit against the state Correctional Services Department.
The Brooklyn federal court filing demands that officials immediately stop calling Gerard Domond "an inmate."
It apparently hurts his feelings. Sis seeks $50 million damages for "mental anguish."

Rickshaws fitted with sat nav systems to beat cheaters

Rickshaws in the Indian capital are to be fitted with satellite navigation devices to stamp out the notorious abuses perpetrated on customers by wayward drivers.
Transport chiefs hope the electronic mapping display will reduce disputes between commuters who complain of dishonesty and the drivers who claim they work long hours for poverty wages.
From next week GPS devices will be installed in 250 motorized three-wheelers in the city but by the end of July they are expected to be mandatory for the rest of the city's 55,000 rickshaws.
The devices will be connected to a government server which will track journeys and allow officials and passengers to check whether they are taking the shortest routes.
The devices will also be fitted with a panic button to allow women to raise the alarm and call the police if they are attacked.

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