Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Young In Jin / Dreamstime.comIn Great Britain, patients are supposed to wait no more than two weeks to see a cancer specialist after being referred by their doctor. But the National Health Service reports more than 100,000 people waited more than two weeks last year, and more than 25,000 had to wait more than 62 […]

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Brickbat: Tough Crowd

Keystone Pictures USAA Spanish court has sentenced Cassandra Vera to one year in jail for tweeting jokes about the 1973 assassination of prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco. The court said her jokes were “disrespectful” and did not form part of a “healthy humoristic environment.”

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Brickbat: Just the Warm Up

Andrei Malov / Dreamstime.comA Michigan judge has upheld a $128 fine against Taylor Trupiano for warming up his car. Trupiano left his car running on his driveway back in January because he didn’t want his girlfriend and her 2-year-old son to get into a cold car on a freezing day.

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Brickbat: This Might Hurt

Erin Janssen / Dreamstime.comA number of South Dakota law enforcement agencies told the Argus Leader that they would request a warrant to forcibly catheterize someone for a urine sample only in extreme cases, such as a vehicular homicide. Not the Pierre police department. The newspaper found that it has repeatedly had people forcibly catheterized, including […]

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Brickbat: Sheriff, Businesswoman

A federal judge has ruled that Morgan County, Alabama, Sheriff Ana Franklin violated a consent degree when she took $160,000 from the fund to feed inmates and loaned $150,000 of it to a used car lot that later went bankrupt. Franklin said she had received legal advice saying she did not have to obey the […]

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Brickbat: We’re from the United Nations

According to an internal United Nations report, 134 UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka sexually abused children in Haiti. While 114 of them were sent home, none served any prison time for their crimes. There have been nearly 2,200 accusations of sexual abuse against UN peacekeepers in the last 12 years.

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Brickbat: Oh, Deer

Jennifer Badeaux / Dreamstime.comAbout two years ago, a young doe showed up at the Mcgaughey family farm in Kansas. The family fed and it, and soon the deer was playing with their pets and knocking on the door when it wanted to come into the house. Then one day, game wardens showed up at the […]

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Brickbat: What the Fur?

The Berkeley, California, City Council has banned the sale of fur clothing. The ban was spearhead by the Berkeley Coalition for Animals. Coalition founder Jay Quigley says fur is inconsistent with Berkeley’s values.

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