From the "When Animals Attempt Suicide" department: A snake manages to pull the heat lamp in its cage down onto the bedding, which caught fire and caused $12,000 in damages. And the snake died as well. A dog that leapt (or fell) from a fifth-story balcony was a little bit luckier that a painter who was stepping out for a break caught it. Ignore the Funniest Home Videos "punchline" at the end of the article... everyone says that about everything.
The oldest living EX-mountie (an important distinction, I'd say) just celebrated his 100th birthday. Says he, "It doesn't feel too much different than being 99." Amen, brother. Or should that be grandpa?
Drug dealers can occupy high and low places in society, and who has more access to drugs with little accountability than the guy who removes them from the homes of the dead? He uses samples of the drug to make sure that the deceased was taking the right dosage and didn't die of an overdose, but this deputy coroner decided to make a little more money after the fact. Granted, those are prescription drugs, but it's still illegal to sell them like that. On the possession end of the spectrum, we've got this Texas DA accused of meth possession. But he claims innocence, so I suppose we'll see. And the results will undoubtedly not be published so prominently, and if he's found innocent, probably not anywhere at all.
Affected T-Mobile customers already have been notified about the hacker who broke into their databases and got names, SSNs, and personal messages from some 400 people, including the Secret Service agent who was investigating him. Fortunately, it was only the agent's personal account that had no sensitive information in it. Seems to me like everyone did a good job of minimizing the impact of the hacker's actions, and people like him are a disease of society. I have no sympathy.
Interestingly, a court case seemed to hinge on the right to privacy in a public restroom. The cops eventually had to break in to find a man and a woman getting dressed and drugs on the trashcan. The question was whether they had the right to expect privacy that was violated by the police, but the verdict was that they were using the restroom for other than the intended purpose, far longer than was reasonable, and they didn't vacate when asked, so they gave up that expectation of privacy. But I don't think the Constitution was ever designed to protect people's rights to do illegal things anyway. Granted, maybe the cops do something illegal to catch the criminal in the act. But the criminal's just as red-handed, so that's no excuse to let them off the hook. I think we should just have a system of reparations where if the police do something illegal and the person is actually innocent (rather than let off on that technicality), the damages are repaid appropriately. Law enforcement is like parents... they can't DO anything anymore. They're just there to scare the people who are behaving.
A bank hires a recycling company to take away one of their ATMs. They assure the store clerk that it's empty, but it's not. The cash in that machine is said to have been enough to buy a house, take a vacation, and have plenty left over. The bank naturally sent a security guard to pick it up straight away, but for a while, that was a very rich recycling company. Too bad they couldn't just claim to have already recycled it, money and all... whoops, but have a thousand for your troubles and a fifty for the kidlings. We'll be relocating to the upper-class district and hiring pool boys.