I have been posting a Friday newletters to my friends for years. Here is last Friday's Gazette.
Under Britain's Department of Health guidelines, prisoners about to be released, and who had previously taken drugs but cured their addiction while incarcerated, are being purposely re-addicted by wardens, using methadone. According to researchers, the former addicts will then be less likely to overdose when they get back on the street. Reportedly, more than 460 prisoners have thus been "retoxified" in the last five years. …….
About once a month, the owners of the Marina del Rey (Calif.) Sportfishing bait shop reap a windfall. According to a Los Angeles Times story, a Tibetan Buddhist study group drops by in a convoy after meditating on the "liberation of beings" and plunks down $1,000-$2,000 cash to buy as much live bait as they can, after which they go to Marina del Rey Harbor and, in their terms, "free" the bait (whereupon, of course, much of it is promptly eaten by fish). …….
Jason Hanson, 39, arrested in Oklahoma City (wearing panties, a leotard, and a girdle), was caught breaking into a home. His slick defense, according to police: "He met a man at a gas station who [sic] he did not know [but] who told him it was OK." …….
Melanie Shaker drew back and kicked at her husband (Alcohol Was Involved) on the street in front of Fases Salon in Chicago, but missed, lost her balance, and stumbled backward through the front window. She's suing the salon because, with all the drunks on that stretch of Sheffield Avenue, they ought to have had safety glass (which wouldn't have cut her up so bad). …….
Boys at North Marion High School in Ocala, Fla., knew the locker room was trouble: it was common for valuables and cash to disappear from lockers during gym class, and it had been going on for years. A student finally put his cell phone in an empty locker to record what happened while students were out, and allegedly caught the thief on video: Steven Simmons, a P.E teacher, who has 25 years of service in the district. The student took the video to sheriff's deputy Tasha Nix, the school resource officer, who confronted the 49-year-old teacher Simmons allegedly confessed. He was arrested for theft and has resigned. School officials took quick action to ensure nothing like this would ever happen again -- by threatening to expel the student for "using" his cell phone at school against school rules. …….