xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The Florida Supreme Court in March disbarred attorney David A. Barrett for violating the state’s professional conduct code, including paying for an assistant to attend a chaplain’s course at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in order to offer prayers in the rooms of accident victims and solicit business for Barrett.
In County Cork, Ireland, in December, Dane Ring, 13, was suspended from school for two days after he ignored what schoolboys know is the cardinal rule of bodily functions, which is to never admit that you’re the person, in a crowded room, who just passed gas.
A man identified as David Connor (by Boston police) or Timothy Connor (by Providence, R.I., police) was arrested after allegedly robbing the Beacon Hill Wine and Spirits in Boston in April of about $1,000, and according to the surveillance video, he appeared to ask for a head start of “60 seconds” before police were called and then to shake the clerk’s hand as if cementing the agreement.
In May, Jim Stelling, the Republican Party chairman in Seminole County, Fla., won a lawsuit for defamation against an intraparty official who had accused him of being married six times, which Stelling said he found particularly insulting, since he “believe(s) in family values.” Stelling said he has been married only five times. (The judge ruled that Stelling was not defamed enough for money damages.)
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