News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
–An apparently poorly trained Kentucky election worker physically tossed a voter out of a polling station in Louisville on Election Day because he hadn’t marked all the offices on his ballot.
–A voter in Allentown, Pa., was arrested after he suddenly erupted in the voting booth and began pounding the machine with a paperweight.
–In elections for sheriff, Chris Abril was elected in Polk County, N.C., despite his arrest in August on years-old charges of statutory rape (which Abril said he’d straighten out as one of his first orders of business).
–Rick Magnuson was soundly defeated for sheriff of Aspen, Colo., after “all of my skeletons (were) exposed,” he said, in the course of the campaign. Among the skeletons was a stint in alcohol rehab; his unauthorized use of a criminal database; his onetime letters to Osama bin Laden as part of an “art project”; and (also as an art project) the video he made of himself masturbating into a hole in the ground in the Mojave Desert.
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