News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Sixty years after Indiana abolished gambling and wrecked the economy of the resort town of French Lick, the state brought it back, allowing casinos, but they had to be located on water and not the state’s dry land. Developers of the French Lick Springs Resort thus spent $382 million on a plush “riverboat” casino on a manmade lake barely larger than the boat, and it opened in November.
Derek Ogley, 70, had just been discharged from Tameside General Hospital in Ashton, England, but doubled over in pain in the waiting room (eventually diagnosed with pancreatitis). Nurses informed Ogley’s family they would have to call 999 (the UK’s 911) or drive him around to the emergency entrance about three minutes away, because, since he had been discharged, rules prevented them from treating him.
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