xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Sheriff John Maspero (Williamson County, Texas) said he would run for re-election in March 2004 despite being stopped in November by Georgetown, Texas, police for being drunk in public; in a previous drinking binge, according to the county attorney, Maspero was spotted crawling on all fours like a dog, barking and biting.
Recent research in an American Sociological Association publication, citing high crime rates, laws against felons voting, and felons’ political preferences, concluded that if all felons could vote, Al Gore would have won Florida by 30,000 votes in 2000.
A TV station reported that a state historical fund gave $210,000 to a landlord to renovate a building whose only tenant happens to be a sex club for gay men (Denver).
Brian Lawrence, 38, died of a heart attack five days before he was due in court to answer the charge that he and his girlfriend had had sex in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in August 2002 as part of a radio station’s stunt (September). And at least 39 Hindu pilgrims were killed in a stampede of crowds while waiting to ritually bathe their sins away in the holy Godavari River in western India (August).
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