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Archive for December, 2012

New laws ban sex with prisoners, hound-hunting of bobcats

With every new year comes a hodgepodge of fresh local laws – many serious, some silly, and some obvious. The National Conference of State Legislatures has compiled a year-end list of some of the laws that go on the books Jan. 1. Among the winners: California bobcats and Illinois residents who overshare on Facebook. Losers include randy police officers and sex offenders with Santa suits.  More…

Neighbor Watch? Florida police department rewards $100 to people for reporting impaired drivers

For more than a decade, the Safety Council of Palm Beach County has run the "Mobile Eyes" program. People who report a drunken driver can receive $100 if the driver is arrested.  More…

New FBI files on Marilyn Monroe reveal little on death

FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located earlier this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star’s communist-leaning acquaintances who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.  More…

The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death

The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled – and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.  More…

State of Kansas wants sperm donor found on Craigslist to pay for daughter born to lesbian couple

Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor — but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father and pay child support. Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist.  More…

Mumbling woman pushes man to his death in front of train

For the second time in a month, a man has been shoved to his death in front of a subway train on a New York City subway platform, police said. The New York Police Department on Friday identified the victim as Sunando Sen, 46, of Queens.  More…

Things to Make You Feel Old This Year

Here are 34 things from 2012 that may make you feel old this year.  More…

Man who shot firefighters died of self-inflicted wound

A man who ambushed firefighters Monday, fatally shooting two of them as they arrived to put out a raging inferno in upstate New York, took his own life with gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy conducted by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. Two other volunteer firefighters were wounded in the attack in the Rochester-area town of Webster.  More…

‘Stormin’ Norman’ Schwarzkopf, Gulf War commander, dies

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led allied forces to a routing of Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and became one of the nation’s most celebrated military heroes of the era, died Thursday, a U.S. defense official said. He was 78.  More…

Journalists’ Addresses Posted In Revenge By Gun Owners

A week after the Newtown massacre, The Journal News published an interactive Google Map with the names and addresses of gun permit owners in New York. A Connecticut lawyer has now posted the phone number and addresses of the Journal‘s staff, including the Publisher’s home. “I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask,” read the blog post.  More…

Jesse James Triggers Controversy With Pro-NRA Rant

Days after Jesse James posted a rant in favor of the National Rifle Association, people on both sides of the issue were still buzzing on the topic on his Facebook page. James encouraged joining the NRA in a December 22 post, just eight days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, citing his own experience as a business owner in Long Beach, California.  More…

‘Odd Couple’ and ‘Quincy’ actor Klugman dies

Jack Klugman, best known as messy sports writer Oscar Madison in TV’s "The Odd Couple," died Monday at his California home, his son Adam said. He was 90. Klugman, who won two Emmys for his role in the early 1970s sitcom, also starred in “Quincy, M.E.” as medical examiner Dr. R. Quincy from 1976 to 1983.  More…

Charles Durning, renowned character actor, dies

You may not know his name, but anyone who watches movies and television knows the squat, tough-faced character actor Charles Durning, who died on Christmas Eve, according to his family. The 89-year-old decorated World War II veteran had an award-winning career that spanned 20th Century entertainment.  More…

Former prosecutor defamed in Tawana Brawley case vows to make her pay

Twenty-five years after a teenage Tawana Brawley falsely dragged his name through the mud as a gang-raping, kidnapping racist, it’s payback time for Steven Pagones, a former Dutchess County prosecutor whom she still owes $429,000, including interest, on a 1998 defamation judgment.  More…

Newspaper sparks outrage for publishing names, addresses of gun owners

An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties has drawn a response from mostly disgruntled readers since it was posted Saturday on the Journal News website.  More…