Weird National Briefs (238)

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 08:15

Weird National Briefs (08/01/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Verizon Windowless

RALEIGH, N.C. - A 74-year-old man ranting about a broken phone drove his car through the glass storefront of a Verizon Wireless store in North Carolina, authorities said Friday, stunning shoppers during the dinner hour at an upscale mall.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 21:00

Weird National Briefs-(07/25/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

For art’s sake

NEW YORK - A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for.

He found half a dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at auction.

The New York Post reports David Killen bought the contents of the Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, locker last year. The paintings were originally from the studio of art conservator Orrin Riley, who died in 1986, and his partner, Susanne Schnitzer, who died in 2009.

The paintings aren't signed, but Killen reached out to an expert who's confident they were done by de Kooning, an abstract expressionist from the Netherlands who moved to the United States and died in 1997.

TME – One man’s trash is another man’s minor but vital piece of contemporary art history.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:08

Weird National Briefs (07/18/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Work’s a beach

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island’s governor says she’s holding summer office hours at the beach.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo will hold the first event Monday at Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett. She’ll be joined by members of her Office of Constituent Services to help connect residents with various services.

While there, she plans to sign an executive order to reduce reliance on single-use plastics that can end up in the state’s waters.

Raimondo says she looks forward to hosting office hours and hearing directly from residents at some of the state’s most popular destinations. She plans to go to East Matunuck State Beach on July 23 and Lincoln Woods State Park on Aug. 3.

TME – Conference calls will be held at the ice cream stand.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:56

Weird National Briefs (07/11/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Panini press?

HARTFORD, Conn. - A tasty typo mistakenly turned a U.S. Senate candidate’s name into that of a sandwich.

The Connecticut Post reports that a banner on Connecticut Senate candidate Dominic Rapini’s website’s read “Approved by Dominic Panini.”

When told about the mistake, Rapini told the newspaper: “Oh, my God, you’re kidding me!”

The mistake was fixed as of Thursday afternoon.

The Apple executive faces Republican-endorsed candidate Matthew Corey in the August primary. They’re hoping to take on Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy in the fall.

Rapini’s last name already has an appetizing meaning. He says rapini means broccoli rabe in Italian, so people often find recipes when they Google his name.

TME – He’d certainly be the most delicious candidate.

Monday, 02 July 2018 15:21

Weird National Briefs (07/04/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Talking turkey

GARDEN CITY, Mich. - A suburban Detroit man has been fined $100 for a turkey that’s been calling his backyard home.

Mark Johnston tells WXYZ-TV he hasn’t gone out of his way to make the turkey comfortable since it started showing up outside his Garden City home six months ago. He says the turkey will stick around a while then jump the fence and disappear before returning.

Johnston was recently ticketed for keeping the turkey as a pet. Police Chief Tim Gibbons says they’ve been working with Johnston since April on the issue. He says the turkey likes Johnston’s overgrown backyard and likely will leave if it’s cleaned up.

Johnston says he’s tried getting rid of the turkey, but nobody will take it. And he says he’s working on clearing out his yard.

TME – We smell a Disney movie!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 13:48

Weird National Briefs (06/27/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Criminal charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress’ stolen credit card.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 14:53

Weird National Briefs (06/20/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Fireball fiasco

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.

Two tractor-trailers collided Thursday on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas, causing one to spill hundreds of mini-bottles of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey on the highway.

Over the past year, Arkansas drivers have endured a veritable feast spilled on their roadways. Trucks carrying bourbon, frozen pizzas, pasta sauce and gin have all dumped their wares on the asphalt.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle says investigators are still looking into the cause of Thursday’s wreck, which caused major delays in both directions for a few hours.

He says one truck’s cab caught fire and at least one person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

TME – It could have been worse – at least it wasn’t Allen’s.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:13

Weird National Briefs (06/13/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Too real

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Police in New Jersey say they found a lost pet pig wandering near a local Dunkin’ Donuts and nicknamed it “Pork Roll.”

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 15:07

Weird National Briefs (06/06/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Crashed potatoes

CASPER, Wyo. - Authorities say a biplane that lost power hit a tractor-trailer carrying pigs on Interstate 80 in southwest Wyoming.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:56

Weird National Briefs (05/30/2018)

Written by Allen Adams

Bunny funny business

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Gainesville man who neighbors say is responsible for a outbreak of loose rabbits in their neighborhood has been fined by the city for a second time.

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