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December 21, 2007

Girl, 10, Arrested for Using Knife to Cut Food at School

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School officials say the Ocala 5th grader had brought a piece of steak for her lunch, and a four and a half inch steak knife with which to cut it. According to the report, a couple of teachers took the utensil and called authorities, who arrested the girl and took her to the county’s juvenile assessment center.

Students sitting next to the girl at lunch say she didn't threaten anyone with the knife; she just used it to cut up her food.

The girl's uncle, Kenneth Thomas, told MyFOXOrlando that his niece had to ride in the back of a patrol car.

Sitting Bull's Dancing Horse

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The Wounded Knee Museum

Civilians bury Lakota victims of the Wounded Knee Massacre...

December 20, 2007

Waxy recommends Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren't Reading

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December 19, 2007

Poor Mojo's 12 Dick Jokes of Christmas

Rec.Humor.Funny Jokes Man goes into a drugstore and up to...

Ellis on broadsides, "ideological freeware," viral distribution

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"Here's the deal, I editorialize for 40 minutes, the last 10 minutes, we pull our chutes and float down to Dick Joke Island together, ok?" — Bill Hicks

...who also described his particular style of comedy as "Chomsky...

December 18, 2007

Sock It to Me: Competitive Knitters Get Deadly Serious

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It's getting impossible to find a contract without binding mandatory arbitration

The Quest for a Car, Sans Arbitration Clause

Which essentially means, "you can't sue us, no matter what."

So, my family's car-buying saga continues. Last we left off, my husband and I had walked away from purchasing a used Volkswagen Passat station wagon to replace our 15-year-old Honda Accord, rather than sign a contract waiving our right to sue the car dealer and finance company in court if they ripped us off. The car salesman warned us that we wouldn’t be able to buy a car anywhere without signing a contract containing this arbitration clause, as it’s known. Even so, we were indignant and vowed to shop on Craigslist.

As it turns out, the salesman knew what he was talking about. Craiglist is great so long as you're looking for a car as old as the one we're trying to get rid of. But the car we wanted, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, can scarcely be found used. (We dropped our search for a Passat after Consumer Reports downgraded it for reliability reasons.) So we returned to the car dealer world, vowing not to set foot into any dealership that used an arbitration clause in its sales documents. I contacted a half-dozen car dealerships in the Washington, D.C. area and asked them in advance if their contracts included an arbitration clause, and if so, if they'd take it out. All the dealers used the clause, and none would remove it.

Window Washer survives 47-story plummet

LEGEND OF THE FALL

December 16, 2007 -- Alcides Moreno was hurtling downward at a speed up to 124 mph, clinging to a 1,250-pound scaffold that acted like a surfboard in the sky.

Those grappling with why he miraculously survived his plunge from the roof of a 47-story high-rise say the aluminum platform added air resistance that slowed his descent - and blunted the tremendous force of hitting the concrete pavement in an alley below.

Maybe, experts said, a random air current rising between the Upper East Side buildings where Moreno plummeted slowed him the extra bit that spared his life.

The 37-year-old window washer - who remains in critical condition but has moved his arms and legs and tried to open his eyes, relatives say - has amazed trauma doctors and physicists alike.

Half Moon Bay faces apocalyptic lawsuit

Half Moon Bay grapples with $36.8 million judgment against it

Half Moon Bay is wrestling with unpleasant options for responding to a court ruling that officials say threatens the "very existence of our city government" - a $36.8 million judgment against the city for turning a proposed housing development site into wetlands.

Under the worst-case scenario, officials say, Half Moon Bay would become the first Bay Area city forced to dissolve, and the coastal town's land would become an unincorporated part of San Mateo County.

Members of the City Council say that's unlikely, and they plan to vote at a public meeting tonight to retain an appellate law firm and a financial consultant to advise them on how to tackle a court judgment that is more than three times Half Moon Bay's $10 million annual budget.