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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
At the Nov. 14 meeting of the governing board of Provincetown, Mass., Selectwoman Sarah Peake raised a formal objection to the continued presence of the historical painting that graces the board’s meeting room, though it is of a previously uncontroversial scene of Pilgrims voting on the Mayflower Compact. Peake’s objection (according to a November report in the Boston Globe) is that there are no women in the painting.
John Melo’s lawsuit demanding re-sentencing was rejected in March by the Middlesex County, Mass., Superior Court. Facing a term of “10 years,” Melo had complained that a couple of “Feb. 29’s” were included in that time, and since a “year” is usually 365 days, he should not be serving 366 days during leap years.
According to the Hartwell (Ga.) Sun, state Sen. Nancy Schaefer, speaking at an “issues day” event in February, said one reason illegal immigrants find work in the United States was because “50 million” abortions have caused a U.S. labor shortage: “We could have used those people.”
Ms. Zulima Farber became the New Jersey attorney general in January even though her public record shows 13 speeding tickets, three license suspensions, and two bench warrants (for failure to appear in court regarding the tickets). Farber acknowledged “embarrassment” at the record and joked that it might take “psychoanalysis” to learn why she did those things. (However, a psychoanalyst interviewed by the New York Daily News rejected the suggestion. Farber, said the doctor, just “needs a spanking.”)
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