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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Apr 16, 2014 -- 4:27am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    Indiana University student Julian Batts, who managed to lose on "Wheel of Fortune" with all the puzzle letters already revealed.
    Batts solved the puzzle, but he couldn't pronounce the term, "Mythological hero Achilles" so he was ruled incorrect.
    The mispronunciation cost him a chance for a car, a trip to Jamaica and a million dollars.


AND THEN THERE'S .....

     US Airways, who Tweeted a photo of a naked woman to a customer.
     The airline was responding to a Twitter complaint when they sent what they say was supposed to be a link to a page on their website.
     They instead sent a link to a photo of a naked woman performing oral sex on an airplane.   The link went into the US Airways’ Twitter feed and stayed there for at least an hour, before the airline got wise to its error and deleted it.
     They've since issued an apology and claimed they were hacked.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    The IRS, who failed to upgrade 53% of their Windows XP-based computers before Microsoft retired the system last week.   The IRS will have to pay Microsoft so its computers can continue receiving security patches until the remaining 58,000 computers can be upgraded.
    By some estimates, this will cost the IRS $11.6 million per year.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....

    The Cumberland County (New Jersey) Clerk of Courts, who issued a juror summons to a dog.   Barrett Griner was confused when he opened a summons addressed to IV Griner, his 5-year-old German Shepherd dog.
    He contacted the Judiciary Coordinator who said the jury notices are computer generated and often contain errors.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 -- 4:45am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    A 14-year-old girl named Sarah, who nearly got arrested after tweeting a terrorist threat to American Airlines. She tweeted, "hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaeda and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big... bye."American Airlines swiftly responded: Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.  Sarah tweeted an apology but the tweet went viral and she gained ten thousand new followers before being forced to delete her account.  A spokesman for the FBI said she is still being investigated at this time.


AND THEN THERE'S .....
    A Pennsylvania man, who is kicking himself after he accidentally discarded 25 lottery tickets worth $1.25 million.  The unnamed man lived a couple of blocks from the convenience store where he purchased the tickets.  Lottery officials say he bought 25 Quinto lottery tickets that won $50,000 each.  The man says he never claimed them because he misread the tickets.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....
    Nahshon Shelton, 36, a Chicago man who was arrested after pulling out a sub machine gun over a 22-cent sales tax.  Shelton didn’t have to cash to pay the 22-cent sales tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi, so he pulled out the .22 caliber gun to avoid paying it.  The cashier let him go but quickly called police who charged him on five counts, including felony unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault and having an invalid ID card.  Shelton told police, "This is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!”
    Apparently not.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    James Colin Ready, 46, who was arrested after threatening to blow up a Florida tax collector’s office because he couldn't renew his auto tags.  A clerk denied Ready's attempt to renew his car tags because his licensed had been suspended. Ready responded by vowing to make a pipe bomb and blow up the office.
The clerk went in the back and called Sheriff’s deputies, who charged him with battery on an officer and threatening to discharge a destructive device.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Apr 14, 2014 -- 4:57am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    25-year-old Dominika Johnson and Kendra Hill, 28, who were arrested for shoplifting items and immediately trying to return them for store credit.
    Employees at a San Francisco department store recognized the pair as having returned items from the store three times over the past two weeks and called police.
    Johnson was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and several outstanding warrants.
    Hill was arrested on suspicion of burglary and cited for leaving her child in the car outside the store during the alleged burglary.


AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Shaun Dibsdale, 17, a British teen who needed firemen to free him from a children's swing after he wedged himself in as a joke.
    After squeezing in to smoke a cigarette, Dibsdale got stuck and needed a friend to call for assistance.
    He was treated for thigh injuries by paramedics before being taken home.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    Pakistani Police, who charged a 9 month old boy with attempted murder after he threw rocks at police.
    The problem started when officials from a local power company went into the boy's neighborhood to disconnect illegal cables that allowed people to steal electricity.
    Villagers began pelting the workers with rocks before police stepped in and arrested several people, including the boy.
    After taking weeks of criticism over the inequities of their criminal justice system, Pakistan finally dropped charges against the boy yesterday (Sunday).

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Apr 11, 2014 -- 4:23am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    24-year-old Casey Wentworth, an Arizona man who was arrested for calling Apple Tech support and giving them the serial number of the stolen computer he was using.
    When the real owner got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service he alerted authorities, who then tracked the call and the computer back to Wentworth.
    He was arrested a day later.


AND THEN THERE'S .....
    Douglas Glidden, 25, who was arrested after telling Maine police that the marijuana in his car didn't belong to him because he had just stolen the car.
    Police pulled him over for speeding, only to find the marijuana.
    As they were arresting him for the marijuana he unwittingly implicated himself in auto theft charges with his excuse for the weed.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....
    Amani Ibrahim, an Illinois woman who tried to pin her shoplifting spree on her 12-year-old daughter.
    Ibrahim was spotted stuffing eyeliner and other products into a shopping bag.
    When she was stopped by store security she told them the shoplifting spree was her daughter’s idea.
    Ibrahim's three children were driven to the Orland Park Police Department, and she was charged with a felony after police discovered that she had six previous theft convictions.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    Daniel Clegg, 34, who was arrested just one hour after being released from prison.
    According to a police report, an Arizona sheriff’s deputy pulled over a car Clegg was riding in and noticed the passenger “covered with marijuana flakes.”
    The deputy, who happened to be a K-9 officer, had his dog search the car and found more marijuana under the passenger seat, along with a cardboard box with a gun, ammo, and paperwork relating to the prison release of Daniel Clegg.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Apr 10, 2014 -- 4:44am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    Todd Weiss, 32 and Justin Evans 38, who were arrested after one of them accidentally called 911 during the robbery they were committing.
    Arizona police responded to the location of the phone to see two men leaving a building wearing dark clothing.
    One carried a television, the other a box.
    The surprised pair dropped the objects and ran, only to get caught by police dogs.



AND THEN THERE'S .....

   Carlos López, 45, a high-ranking Florida official, who was busted on drug charges despite trying to conceal a glass pipe in his butt.
López, Hialeah Florida's purchasing director, was pulled over for a traffic stop.
Police noticed that he was unusually sweaty and shaky so they transported him to a local hospital.
Medical staff conducted a routine check-up and found a methamphetamine pipe tucked in his rectum.



OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    Steven Preister, 68, who was arrested after four teenage girls said the mostly nude man followed them to their hotel rooms and yelled at them for being noisy.
    After following them to their rooms, Preister, the associate director of a Washington, D.C., continued to yell at them through their door.
    Another guest called police after he woke up, looked into the hallway, and saw the pants-less Preister scolding the teens.
    Preister, who told police he had been drinking, was booked on suspicion of public nudity and disturbing the peace.

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