News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The Powys County Council in Wales warned the maker of Welsh Dragon sausages that it must label its product better, such as by marking it “pork sausages” (so as not to mislead about the type of meat it contained).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sought to extend its abstinence education program (which currently gives grants to states for programs for teenagers), to start reaching unmarried people up to age 29.
A New York City housing program begun in the 1970s to encourage new construction has enabled huge reductions in property taxes on certain buildings in Manhattan, and those savings continue to this day (and at least through next year and maybe beyond). Among the beneficiaries: Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, who saves $130,000 a year on his $4 million Trump World Tower apartment; designer Calvin Klein ($134,000 savings on his penthouse); and actress Natalie Portman (saving $26,300 a year on her $5.8 million condo)
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