Well s—t. That didn’t go how I might have hoped.
Under ordinary circumstances, putting up a 10-6 record would be cause for celebration. However, these circumstances were far from ordinary. Stella somehow managed to go a phenomenal 13-3 for the week, adding another three games to her lead for a total advantage of eight.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - A New Jersey man is suing his ex-wife, accusing her of harassing him by writing perceived insults like bum and loser on weekly alimony checks to him.
The Daily Record reports 61-year-old Francis Wagner’s attorney filed suit last week against 57-year-old Diane Wagner. He contends he has suffered emotional distress and the memo line notes in the weekly $186 checks have intensified his health problems.
Heavy is the head
There are some weeks when it’s tough to make this space happen. Despite how it may seem, there are always going to be stretches in which all the celebrity-types out there manage not to say or do anything particularly untoward. While that’s probably good for them, it’s decidedly not good for me; it leaves me to search out deep cuts involving a) people that aren’t that famous doing b) things that aren’t that interesting.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” lives up to the hype
Ordinarily, I don’t really care about spoilers much. I make a perfunctory effort to dodge them, but I occasionally get dinged. No big deal in the grand scheme of things.
Comedy’s thin narrative elevated by talented leads
Considering all the “Star Wars” noise, it’s understandable that people might not notice other films opening at the same time. But believe it or not, two other studio offerings were released this weekend.
We’ve reached the point in the season where I’m simply trying to avoid getting embarrassed. Seriously – I stayed up and watched that Monday night game solely because I needed a Giants win to dodge a crushing beat from Stella.
I got it, which meant that I finished the week at 10-6 – a solid effort. Of course, Stella put up a nice and tidy 11-5 and gained another game on me, but it was close to being much worse.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On an unseasonably warm December Friday in our nation’s capital, an annual caravan intended to remember our country’s military veterans concluded its week-long journey
Wreaths Across America, the organization that executed this many-stopped trip from Harrington, Maine to Arlington, Virginia, was first born as an idea in 1992. Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company, decided that the best way to deal with his season-ending surplus of wreaths was an opportunity to pay tribute to military veterans. Arrangements were made for those wreaths to be placed in one of the older sections of Arlington National Cemetery. With help from a number of businesses and individual volunteers, the tradition carried forward for years.
Up in smoke
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - State police say a 22-year-old upstate New York man picked the wrong parking spot to smoke marijuana.
Troopers say Ryan Law of Gansevoort, New York, was scheduled to attend a victim impact panel Tuesday at the town court in Clifton Park, an Albany suburb. The court is housed in the same building as a state police barracks.
Police say Law parked his car in front of the barracks in a parking spot marked “Police Cars Only.” A uniformed trooper unloading his patrol car nearby spotted Law and approached him to discuss his choice of parking spots.
That’s when the trooper smelled marijuana coming from Law’s vehicle. Troopers say they found about 30 grams of pot in his car.
Law was ticketed for marijuana possession and ordered to appear at the same court next week.
TME – At least he knows where not to park when he comes back.
NEWTON, Kan. - Kansas authorities say an Oregon man was urged to head home after he was spotted taking pictures of a wheat field wearing nothing “but a hat and a smile.”
The Harvey County sheriff’s office in Central Kansas says the man was first spotted Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff T. Walton says authorities found the man four hours later - wearing boxers.
Walton said on the office’s Facebook page that an officer told the man and his friend that “Kansas is not as liberal as Oregon” and “suggested they continue their travels” back home.
Walton says it’s technically not illegal to be publicly naked in the county, as long as one is not trying to arouse oneself or others.
Walton added, “You know folks, you just can’t make this stuff up!”
TME – When you ask someone for naked pictures, you need to be specific.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A sewer plant helped create a winter wonderland for a 3-square-mile area in central Pennsylvania.
The National Weather Service in State College says a layer of dense fog mixed with condensation from a local sewer plant overnight Monday, creating a dusting of light snow in a small section east of State College.
The snow fell over roughly 3 square miles near the Nittany Mall.
The weather service calls the process a “microscale event” - too isolated to be captured by local weather reporting stations.
The dusting was a rare, if brief, winterscape for a region in the midst of an unseasonably warm and snowless fall.
TME – Just remember – don’t eat the yellow snow.
LOS ANGELES - Police say a California man used GPS data from Facebook and Instagram photos to break into homes and steal peoples’ underwear.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 44-year-old Menifee man is accused of stealing underwear from women and their male roommates, as well as swiping electronics.
Fullerton Police Sg.t Kathryn Hamel says the man would hang out in public places and look for social media posts tagged to the location. She says he then chose a person, searched her posted photos and mapped GPS data to find out where she lived.
Police say they found the undergarments stored in a garage next to the man’s home.
Hamel says she’s not sure what the man’s motive was. He was caught when seen prowling through a neighborhood Saturday night.
TME – 1. Collect underpants. 2. ? 3. Prison.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say an Albuquerque man wanted his mother’s traditional New Mexican stew so much he broke into her home and stole it.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 23-year-old Jonathan Ray was arrested recently after he ignored his mother’s orders to stay away from her posole and ran off with the holiday dish.
According to a criminal complaint, Ray sent his mom a text message saying he wanted some of her posole but she told him no.
The complaint says the mother later found her gate and garage broken and a pot of the posole missing.
Ray was arrested on a residential burglary charge. Court records didn’t list an attorney for Ray.
TME – Anyone else REALLY interested in trying that stew?
Cut it out
TULSA, Okla. - Authorities say a man wanted for failing to signal a lane change ran from Tulsa police and stopped to get a haircut before being arrested.
The Tulsa World reports that the 27-year-old man was arrested Sunday on several complaints, including eluding police after a felony conviction and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.
Police say they saw the man’s car cross several lanes of traffic and a police officer tried to pull him over. They say after a pursuit, the man got out of his car and ran to an apartment complex. Police later found the man inside an apartment.
Officers noted the man “sported a freshly clipped head with extremely short hair” despite reportedly having a “large amount of hair” when running from his car.
TME – The shear audacity of it! No wonder he got clipped! Scissors pun!
Comic novel presents William Shakespeare as secret agent
It has long been speculated that there was much about William Shakespeare that we simply don’t know. The keeping of records in his time was fairly spotty, so there are some gaps that historians have basically filled in using research and educated guesswork.
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