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News Quirks 7/4/13

Curses, foiled again
• When long-distance runner Sarah Tatterson, 37, saw a man ride off after stealing her husband’s bicycle from her garage in West Seattle, Wash., she gave chase on foot. The thief saw her gaining on him, so he jumped off the bike and fled while she continued running alongside him, yelling for neighbors to call the police. The half-marathoner said the man asked her to back off, but she refused, telling him, “Look, I was going to run six miles today, but I could probably do 12.” Police who intercepted the pair arrested the unidentified suspect. (Seattle’s KING-TV)

Nude behavior
• Homeowners called police after Thomas Edwards, 22, showed up at their residence in Casselberry, Fla., and started taking off his clothes on the back patio. Edwards explained that he had come to the address his girlfriend had given him to propose to her, but the homeowners said she wasn’t in their house and that they had never heard of her and didn’t know Edwards. When officers arrived and asked Edwards to put his clothes on, he spit on them, prompting them to shock him with a stun gun and arrest him. (Orlando’s WKMG-TV)

• After a British court imposed an anti-social behavior order on naked rights activist Stephen Gough, 54, stating that he must cover his buttocks and genitalia in public, he was arrested leaving the courtroom wearing only boots and socks. He refused to take clothes offered to him by police and was charged with flouting the order. Gough, who has been convicted 28 times for public nudity, received an 11-month sentence this time. (BBC News)

Death and life
• People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urged White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford to join leading restaurants and Whole Foods Market in treating lobsters to death with dignity. “There is a new device available called the Crustastun that eliminates the questionable practice of boiling lobsters alive, thereby preventing their suffering,” David Byer, PETA’s manager of corporate affairs, wrote in a letter to the chef. “We hope that the White House will start using it immediately. The device is essentially a stun gun that kills lobsters instantly. (The Washington Times)

• Vegetables continue responding to their environment long after they’ve been picked, according to researchers, who exposed supermarket cabbages to periods of light and dark. Cabbages kept on a regular day-night cycle produced three times as many glucosinolates as cabbages kept in all dark or all light. These organic compounds help fend off pests and are anticarcinogenic. (Science)

Carried away
• Police detained Kenneth Frank after an employee at a Hampton Inn in Evansville, Ind., reported seeing a man trying to remove a woman’s body on a luggage cart. The woman, Frank’s 47-year-old wife, was pronounced dead at the scene. “That’s not something you’re going to see very often,” police Sgt. Jason Cullum said. Steve Lockyear, chief deputy of the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office, said there was no evidence of foul play, but he labeled the death as suspicious anyway because “the circumstances are so unusual.” (The Evansville Courier & Press)

Compiled from mainstream news sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.
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