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Motorist Catherine Donkers got a ticket in Portage County, Ohio, on May 8 for not having her baby strapped in, mainly because she was breastfeeding it while she drove. Rather than pay the $100 fine, Donkers’ husband, Brad Barnhill, demanded a trial with himself as the defendant, in that his First Christian Fellowship for Eternal Sovereignty teaches that the husband must take responsibility for all of his wife’s public actions. (That religion’s principal focus, according to founder Christopher Hansen, is keeping “God-given rights” free of “encroachment of the Beast,” which is defined as the government.) Barnhill said that at his next court appearance, he will make a citizen’s arrest of the prosecutor.
Increasingly, chickens are being kept as pets in suburban homes, according to an Associated Press writer in June (though reporting with scant evidence). A Bala Cynwyd, Pa., family has nine chickens, which are “aesthetically pleasing,” said the owner, even “cool.” A Cedar Hill, Mo., woman recalled the 38 chickens she has had over the years and said “the best part” was “knowing them as individuals.” Another Bala Cynwyd woman said her chickens are faithful in the way they follow her around the yard and are “very sweet. They give back.”
Providence, R.I., high school teacher Michael Dame was charged with assault in June when, being taunted by a truant student who had stuck his head in Dame’s classroom, Dame slammed the door, catching the student’s head inside.
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