William Katz: Urgent Agenda
MAY 20, 2009
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Fire officials in Washington state said a sunny day and a dog's glass water bowl combined to cause a blaze that charred the back of a home. Bellevue Fire Department Lt. Eric Keenan said investigators determined the glass bowl of water focused sunlight enough to act like a magnifying glass and start the fire on the home's wood deck Sunday.
All right, class. Write a letter explaining that to an insurance company.
(AP) A man who left jury duty after lunch because he was "extremely bored" will be back at the courthouse Tuesday to be arraigned on a charge of contempt of court. A police report said officers found the 25-year-old man near his home earlier this month and asked why he skipped out. He said he was bored, and "just couldn't take it" anymore.
Talk about self-indulgent. Maybe they could have music at the next murder trial. Or a magic act.
MAY 19, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., May 18 (UPI) -- A North Carolina cafe owner said he tackled a robber who claimed to be armed and discovered the man only had a banana -- then the robber ate the evidence.
A real-life variation on Alfred Hitchcock's description of a perfect suspense story - wherein a woman murders her husband by beating him with a leg of lamb, then cooks the lamb and serves it - the murder weapon - to the police.
Our Supreme Court would have divided 5-4.
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