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News Quirks (4/1/15)


Published April 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Curses, Foiled Again

A burglar used the homeowner's devices to log on to porn, YouTube and his Facebook account, but authorities in Monroe County, Fla., quickly identified him because he forgot to log off Facebook. Sheriff's official Becky Herrin said the 16-year-old suspect also ate a Pop Tart and drank a soda. (Miami Herald)

Burglary suspect Christopher Wallace, 24, eluded sheriff's deputies in Somerset County, Maine, for several weeks but then unwittingly alerted them to his whereabouts by revealing on Snapchat that he had just returned home. A second post followed that deputies were at his home and coming inside, but he was hiding in a cabinet. Social media-monitoring deputies then headed for the cabinet and found "a pair of feet," the sheriff's department's Facebook page reported. "The feet just so happened to be attached to a person, and that person was Christopher Wallace." (Kennebec Morning Sentinel)

Double Trouble

Arthur Mondella, 57, spent five hours with investigators answering complaints that his New York City factory, which makes maraschino cherries, was dumping syrup and "cherry-related waste" in the waters around the warehouse. When agents noticed a flimsy shelving system attached to an office wall and asked Mondella about it, they said he excused himself, went into the bathroom and shot himself in the head. After the shooting, agents were surprised to uncover "a huge marijuana-growing operation" underneath the warehouse, including 80 pounds of pot, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and several high-end vehicles. (New York Daily News)

Paper Tiger

The developer of Tiger Woods' new restaurant in Jupiter, Fla., said it couldn't be named after the golfer because Tiger Woods doesn't own commercial rights to his name. Nike does. (CNN)

When Guns Are Outlawed

Authorities accused Travis Lanning, 34, of beating a woman in her fifties with a weapon described as "a club with a spiked ball on the end" — known in medieval times as a mace. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reported the woman wasn't robbed but said her attacker threatened to kill her. (Sacramento Bee)

Slightest Provocation

Eldridge Dukes, 58, told police in Baton Rouge, La., that he shot his 18-year-old son in the buttocks after the two argued because they were out of orange juice. (Baton Rouge's Advocate)

Police who responded to reports of a disturbance involving 20 to 30 teenagers in Burbank, Ill., found that one 17-year-old girl had been stabbed several times in the back. Investigator Mike Dudio said the victim had gone to the "house of her adversary," another 17-year-old girl, to confront her about "issues" the two were having on Twitter. (Chicago Tribune)

Made in the Shade

A London-based architectural firm announced it has developed a skyscraper that doesn't cast a shadow. NBBJ explained the design involves a pair of precisely aligned towers with curved and angled facades that reflect sunlight to the street below and onto each other. "The No-Shadow Tower redirects sunlight to visibly reduce shadows at the base of the towers by 60 percent over typical buildings," a company official said. (Britain's Telegraph)


Chinese officials are cracking down on square dancing, which is popular with elderly women known as "dancing grannies" who gather in public squares in large groups to perform. Concerned that the "over-enthusiasm of participants has dealt a harmful blow, with disputes over noise and venues," Liu Guoyong, the chief of the government's General Administration of Sports Mass Fitness Department, said a panel will introduce 12 authorized routines and announce when they are permissible and the volume of the music. "The unified drills will help keep the dancing on the right track where they can be performed in a socially responsible way," said fitness trainer Wang Guangcheng, a member of the panel. (BBC News)