xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In September, to preserve “respect and dignity” for newborns, the neonatal unit of Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, England, officially banned visitors’ “cooing” at infants. Said hospital official Debbie Lawson, “Cooing should be a thing of the past because these are little people with the same rights as you or me.” To illustrate the rule, officials displayed a doll holding a sign reading: “What makes you think I want to be looked at?”
Mark Raggiunti, 42, of Sharpsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty in July to killing his father after the father (who was blind) had yelled at him for leaving a light on.
— Mr. Jirra Collings Ware was awarded the equivalent of about US$7,300 from his employer by the Federal Magistrates Court in Sydney, Australia, in October after he was fired for being repeatedly drunk at work (even once urinating into a trash can). Ware says he has Attention Deficit Disorder and that his employer, OAMPS Insurance Brokers, should have done more to accommodate the illness.
–On the complaint of imprisoned rapist Simon Jacob Smith, 25, police in Melbourne, Australia, agreed in October henceforth to protect prisoners’ privacy by not publicly releasing their mug shots without giving them a chance to appeal in court. (The new policy does not apply to photos of escapees or to those relating to solving crimes.)
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