News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Spiritual counselor Nickie Marks said he was contemplating a lawsuit in September after the town of Greensboro, Ga., confiscated the half-ton statue of Jesus from his front yard (based on a zoning ordinance banning wordless signs, originally intended to keep business owners from welding cars to the tops of poles).
Adult video star Mary Carey, once again running for governor of California, said she is a new person from the woman who was an also-ran in 2003: “I’ve got brown in my hair (instead of the 2003 blond) because brunettes are taken more seriously.” She said she also has lost weight, replaced her teeth, gotten breast implants, and given up smoking, contraceptives and alcohol. “I’ve actually been sober for five days now,” she said on Aug. 9. (Carey dropped out of the race on Oct. 23 to care for her mother, who is recovering after a recent fall.)
West Virginia state senator Randy White decided in October to remain in the race for re-election despite the surfacing of photographs taken two years earlier, of White nude except for body paint, in a group of similarly decorated men. White said he had had a “personal identification situation.”
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