News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Florida state Sen. Gary Siplin was convicted in August of grand theft for paying employees state funds to work on his re-election campaign, but according to senate rules, he retains his office while his case is on appeal. The first bill Siplin introduced for the new legislative session in January would make it easier under state law for convicted felons to have their voting rights restored.
The Mexican government is scheduled to consider a proposal from its states’ migrant assistance offices to hand out satellite-tracking devices to its citizens who plan to emigrate illegally to the United States, so that they could be located in case of emergency after crossing the border. Skeptics, according to a report in the San Antonio Express-News, wondered how vigorously the U.S. Border Patrol would assist in rescues.
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