Despite Chicago's recent crisis of gang-related street murders, the Roseland Community Hospital in a tough south-side neighborhood is on the verge of closing because of finances, and community groups have been energetically campaigning to keep it open. Joining civic leaders in the quest is the Black Disciples street gang, whose co-founder Don Acklin begged for the hospital to remain open, explaining, "It's bad enough we're out here harming each other." Besides wounded gang members needing emergency care, said Acklin, closing would amount to "genocide" because of all the innocent people exposed to crossfire.
A warehouse in Landover, Md., maintained by a company working on contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contained "secret rooms" of furniture and equipment described as "man caves" for company employees. The EPA inspector general announced the discovery in May, and the government confiscated TVs, refrigerators, couches, personal photos, pin-ups, magazines and videos that the contractor's personnel brought in while supposedly "working" on agency business.
Foreign-born sports stars and entertainers are fast-tracked with American work permits under one system, but supermodels were excluded from that and must thus compete with physicists and nuclear engineers to earn visas among the 65,000 slots available only to "skilled workers with college degrees". As such, around 250 beauties are admitted every year. The most recent attempt to get supermodels their own visa category was championed in 2005 and 2007 by, are you ready? Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York.
Colombian prisoner Giovanni Rebolledo was serving a 60-year sentence (as a member of the "Los Topos" gang charged with extortion, kidnapping and torture) when he escaped and decided on an extreme identity change in order to move about in the country. He became "Rosalinda," complete with, according to Colombia Reports news service, "impressive" breast implants, but nonetheless was identified in a routine traffic stop and arrested.
Whitby, U.K., town councilman Simon Parkes, 58, confessed that he had had an extramarital affair -- in fact, an extraterrestrial extramarital affair -- with the 9-foot-tall Cat Queen, and that she had borne him a child. Parkes said the Cat Queen is biding her time until technology is available to bring her and the child to Earth. Said Parkes, "There are plenty of people in my position who don't choose to come out and say it because they are terrified it will destroy their careers." ('ya think?) Parkes said his wife knows about his periodic meetings with the Cat Queen and is "very unhappy, clearly."
There are more, but I'm afraid I might drive some of you to have one too many Martini's if I put them all in one blog....
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