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Curses, Foiled Again

Police identified Keith A. Rebori, 23, as their suspect in the robbery of a pharmacy in East Stroudsburg, Pa., after they found a backpack near the scene that matched the one a surveillance video showed the robber carrying. It contained the holdup note and Rebori’s birth certificate. (Pocono Record)

Irish police accused Jason Glennon, 36, of burglarizing a house in Dublin. When the homeowner confronted him, Glennon ran but left behind a backpack and a mobile phone he’d previously stolen from a car. Police said he’d used the phone to snap his picture, which they recognized owing to his 53 previous convictions. (Britain’s Daily Mail)

Democracy in Other Lands

A federal court in Brazil sentenced politician Talvane de Albuquerque to 103 years in prison for ordering four of his aides to kill Congresswoman Ceci Cunha so he could replace her in the Chamber of Deputies. Albuquerque was Cunha’s alternate and would have assumed her seat. Albuquerque was also convicted of ordering the murders of Cunha’s husband and two of her relatives. (Associated Press)

Problem Solved

Following a rash of thefts from cars and trucks in a Detroit neighborhood, police banned street parking in the area. (Detroit Free Press)

Hard Sell

Police arrested door-to-door salesman Jerad Michael Arnold, 22, after a woman reported he forced his way into her home in Boone, N.C., and refused to leave unless she either “submitted to drug use and sexual activity” or bought a magazine subscription. She opted for the magazines but called 911 as soon as Arnold left. (Bristol, Va.’s WCYB-TV)

Head Games

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, which has been deployed to the Arabian Gulf since May, have had to deal with toilet outages that have become so frequent that crew members complain they sometimes cannot find a single working commode. Bush sailors told the publication Navy Times that they’ve resorted to urinating in showers, sinks and bottles, and that some crew members have developed infections after resisting urges to use the bathroom. Explaining that the problem lies with the vacuum system that pulls waste through the ship’s 250 miles of pipe, Navy officials pointed out that clogs can cause a loss of vacuum. They blamed most of the outages on sailors flushing “inappropriate material or items” down the ship’s toilets. (Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot)

Whatever It Is, We’re Against It

Republicans determined to curb government regulatory acts introduced three measures in the House of Representatives specifically intended to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting farm dust, one of which passed, 268-150. Obstructionist Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), even wrote an op-ed article in the Washington Post decrying the “EPA’s proposed regulations,” and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), declared, “Where’s the EPA going to be next, checking under my bed for dust bunnies?” Despite the outspoken opposition, the EPA has repeatedly insisted it issued no new rules restricting farm dust and has no plans to regulate that pollution. (Washington Post, Associated Press)

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Cary Dolego, 53, a write-in candidate for governor of Arizona in 2010, traveled to Ukraine to meet a potential bride, only to find himself the victim of an online dating scam. Dolego stayed, however, even though he was broke and forced to sleep in public parks in Chernivtsi. “I need a special lady,” he explained, “a Ukrainian lady, so that we can start a life together.” (Associated Press)

Invitation to Invasion

A floating fence intended to stop terrorist attacks and protect Canadian navy ships has been dismantled after it was weighed down by mussels and kelp and battered by waves in Halifax harbor. The mile-long orange fence, which cost $3.5 million Canadian, was designed with hard plastic teeth jutting five feet into the air to thwart small boats carrying explosives. Dennis Smith of Whispr Wave, a New Jersey company that has built similar floating fences for navies around the world, said the Halifax barrier was under-engineered from the start and unable to withstand the “constant 24/7-365 pounding” from the waves. (CBC News)

Novel Solution

To deal with stares that greet foreigners traveling in Tokyo, Iceland native Arni Kristjansson, 29, created a fake cover to fit over whatever book he happens to be reading on the train. Its title, in Japanese, is, “Why Do Japanese People Stare at Foreigners?” Kristjansson, a DJ and musician, said most people’s reaction to his nonconfrontational approach is laughter. “When I explain the idea,” he said, “they realize that a 300-page book on why Japanese people stare at foreigners is pretty ridiculous.” (CNN)