- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News9 hrs ago
California middle schooler Tony Burnett Jr. did not think that wearing the souvenir sweatshirt and t-shirt he got from his family’s recent vacation would cause the uproar it eventually did.
As reported by KTVU Channel 2, the Pinole Middle School student’s four-day family trip to Northern California and Oregon included a stop in Weed, California, a town near the California, Oregon border. While there he picked up a sweatshirt that read, “I [heart] Weed! California” and a t-shirt that read, “Enjoy Weed” When Tony wore the new items to school, officials were quick to let him know that the sweatshirt was inappropriate and violated the school’s dress code. He was then asked to turn the garment inside out.
Tony Jr. sent a text message to his father informing him of the incident and later asked to be picked up early from school because of the embarrassment it caused.
- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News10 hrs ago
Recently man’s best friend has been called upon to perform duties beyond simple unconditional love and loyalty. Earlier this week, there were reports thata canine in England was invited to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections. Now, canine civic responsibility has hit the States.
On Friday, a jury duty summons was sent to “IV Griner,” a New Jersey German Shepherd. As reported by WKYW CBS 3, the name on the summons is the same name that appears on the pooch’s vet record. IV’s owner, Barrett Griner told the station, “Nobody in my house is named IV except the German Shepherd.”
After the initial shock, Barrett, whose full name is Barrett Griner IV, figured out that “IV” was entered as his first name on the summons through a clerical error.
- Will Lerner at Odd News10 hrs ago
James Lee Bright is a lawyer based in Dallas, Texas. The criminal law attorney says that Judge Etta Mullin discriminated against him because he wasn’t wearing pants in her courtroom and that she’s punishing his client for it. Now, as KDFW FOX 4 News reports, Mr. Bright is asking to have Judge Mullin removed from his case.
This whole matter started last week when Judge Mullin refused to let Bright inside her courtroom for wearing shorts instead of pants. He was not allowed in the courtroom the following Monday either. Mr. Bright isn’t wearing shorts because he particularly wants to, but rather, because he needs to. He got knee surgery two weeks ago, and as he told KDFW, “I have tubes that come out of my leg that make it prohibitive to wear [pants]. This connects to my ice machine…that is a way of taking down the swelling in my leg. I'm also incapable of putting on long pants by myself.” Bright says that Judge Mullin refused to hear him out, and now he’s crying foul.
- Will Lerner at Odd News12 hrs ago
30-year-old Christina Hines stopped by a gas station early Tuesday morning in Casselberry, Florida, but left a $50 bill on the counter when she exited the convenience store. A clerk tried to give it back, but Ms. Hines was already driving away. As it turned out, a Seminole County sheriff’s deputy had just arrived. When he learned that the clerk was trying to give the woman back her $50, the deputy offered to go after the woman and return the money himself. As WKMG Local 6 reports, what should have been a simple, good deed wound up becoming a high-speed pursuit.
Zeus, an eight-year-old Rottweiler mix, was sent a polling card to vote in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament. The pup belongs to RussellHoyle of Norton, a village in north east England. Hoyle told The Evening Gazette, “I can remember when the people came round to do the census. I remember saying ‘There is myself and my wife. My son is not old enough to vote. We have got Zeus living here as well and he is 63 in dog years.’
When the polling card addressed to ‘Zeus Hoyle’ arrived, Russell said, “I had to do a double take.” Poll cards are sent to UK voters on the electoral register and contain the voter’s electoral register number and information about where and when to vote.
Russell knows that the mailing was an obvious mistake and said, “I just think it is totally hilarious.” The 45-year-old dog lover and his wife Allison plan on taking Zeus with them for a walk when they vote on May 22.
Video and more info: The Evening Gazette
92-year-old Stig Kernell of Tranås, Sweden wrote his own obituary and asked that his funeral home publish his prose, along with his name, date and place of death, after his passing. As reported by The Local, Stig’s obit simply read, “I am dead.”
Since its publication on Saturday in two of Kernell’s local papers, Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet, the short message has spread across the internet. Radio Sweden reports that Lars-Åke Kernell, Stig’s son, told the Expressen, “He felt that not much else needed to be said, just 'I am dead.'” The nonagenarian died on April 6 and just didn’t want to make a big deal of his own passing.
We’re a public service here at Odd News, so let me give this handy life tip to our readers: If you’re due in court, make sure the manner in which you arrive to said court is not illegal. Even if you didn’t do that thing you’re being charged with doing, the fact that you did something else illegal will get you in trouble. That’s the lesson James Manning and Teresa Castillo of California learned, according to The Modesto Bee.
Last Friday afternoon, a dealership in Redding, California called police because a 2001 Mitsubishi had been stolen from their lot. A global positioning system (GPS) device on the car indicated that it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County Courthouse. When police arrived at the courthouse they found the car and discovered the license plates had been changed. They waited and saw 45-year-old Teresa Castillo approach the car. When police approached her, she told them that she and her husband, 49-year-old James Manning, had bought the car for $200 earlier in the day so they could make his court appearance.
Florida’s St. Lucie County School Board officially fired veteran teacher Dru Dehart after their investigation found that she encouraged six 8th grade students to beat up 7th grader Radravious Williams, WPTV NewsChannel 5 reports.
The incident occurred on March 20, 2013 and was caught on a Northport K-8 school surveillance camera. Footage shows the teacher pointing to the victim, instructing the students to go after him. Williams is then seen on the hallway floor being pummeled by a group of boys. "I looked at them and I was like, ‘Are you serious?’" Radravious told WPTV during an April 2013 press conference . The older boys, ranging in age from 11 to 15, were once Radravious’ friends but were instructed by Dehart to “teach him a lesson.”
Landlord learns you can be arrested for threatening your tenant with a gun, even if they're late on rent
A quick perusal of Craigslist shows that there are several apartments available for rent in the greater Chickasha, Oklahoma area. This information is perhaps best suited for anybody who lives in a home owned by Rodney Kreger, who was arrested last week after allegedly asking one of his tenants for rent money at gunpoint. KFOR NewsChannel 4 says it’s something police in the area haven’t seen before.
Katie Bryan of Lighthorne, England was in South Africa on vacation when she suddenly had an urge to listen to some Neil Diamond. She took out her phone, found a greatest hits album for £8.99 ($15.05) and downloaded it. That impulse purchase would turn out to be a devastatingly expensive one, as England’s The Telegraph reports.
When Ms. Bryan, a 43-year-old math teacher, returned to the United Kingdom from South Africa she learned that her bank account was more than £2,000 ($3,348) overdrawn. It was the result of a charge by Orange, her mobile phone provider, for £2,609.31 ($4,366.42). So, what gives? It turns out that the download, which took around 20 minutes to complete, cost her £8 ($13.39) per megabyte (MB), “once her 10 MB monthly foreign allowance had been used up.” The download had used 326 MB of data.