xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Antoinette M. Hooker, 40, was sentenced to 21 days in jail for, what else, prostitution (Berks County, Pa., February).
The assistant pastor of St. Paul’s University Catholic Center in Madison, Wis., who was placed on administrative leave in January after being accused of sexual improprieties: Father Bob DeCock.
A 21-year-old motorcyclist received a light sentence for causing a vehicular death because the judge viewed the collision basically as an accident rather than as caused by marijuana, which the man had admitted to using beforehand; the prosecutor, Ms. Mary Jane Kanabis, was disappointed at the sentence (Greenwich, Conn., December).
In February, in her last meeting as mayor of South Gate, Calif. (a Los Angeles suburb), after being overwhelmingly ousted in a special election by voters certain that she and some colleagues were corrupt, Ms. Xochilt Ruvalcaba, 30, sucker-punched nemesis Councilman Henry Gonzalez (age 67, who walks with a cane) in the face. The assault took place in front of 200 catcalling anti-Ruvalcaba voters, some video-recording the meeting.
Three days before that, on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco, Mayor Willie Brown angrily confronted his nemesis, Aaron Peskin of the city’s Board of Supervisors, thrusting his face within centimeters of Peskin’s while screaming vulgarities (which were described in a San Francisco Chronicle story as “mother” and “s”).
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