News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The Tel Aviv newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the much tighter border security that resulted from the war with Hezbollah guerrillas had caused marijuana prices in Israel to jump as much as 800%.
Though general tensions between Arabs and Jews remain high inside Israel, prominent ultra-Orthodox Jews joined militant Palestinian Muslims in fierce opposition to the November gay-pride parade in Jerusalem, according to a Boston Globe dispatch. (Said activist Rabbi Yehuda Levin, “Only this onslaught of homosexual radicalism could bring together such disparate voices.”)
Race-separatist cult leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh is awaiting a decision on release from parole (after serving 11 years of an 18-year sentence on racketeering charges in connection with as many as 23 gruesome murders, some involving beheadings) and is dying of cancer. His lawyer asked a federal judge in October to approve his immediate release so that his client could “die with dignity.”
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