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House of Lords member Norman Tebbit told a radio interviewer in May that homosexuality in Britain is “intimately connected” to the rise in obesity. (His explanation: The breakdown of the family means fewer family meals and more fast-food meals.)
Florida state legislative candidate Ed Heeney told a Palm Beach County political meeting in May that homosexuality has made it difficult for him to enjoy his pastime of billiards. (His explanation: “(Y)ou have a situation where the lesbian community is buying restaurants and bars (and, presumably, removing the pool tables).”)
In May, Anchorage, Alaska, public defender Leslie Hiebert, representing murder defendant Kenneth Padgett, explained why Padgett’s having stuck his mother’s corpse between two walls of her mobile home and sealed up the space as a tomb, was not evidence that he had killed her. Hiebert told the jury that Padgett was just trying to help her. She died of natural causes, Hiebert said, but “really loved her trailer” and “would not have a problem” with her remains being buried there. (Padgett was convicted.)
A 46-year-old South African soldier, part of an African Union peacekeeping force in Bujumbura, Burundi, was killed in May when a large, rotting tree fell over onto the portable toilet he was using.
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