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Skeleton-Santa crucifix defaced in front of courthouse

During a debate about public decorations at a courthouse in Loudoun County, Virginia, someone decided to set up an odd holiday display: A skeleton dressed as Santa Clause, hanging on a cross. But even before it could spark much attention, someone knocked it down and the owner came and took…

9-year-old suspended for calling teacher ‘cute’

A North Carolina fourth grader says he didn’t even know what sexual harassment meant until he was suspended for telling another student that his teacher was “cute.” Chiquita Lockett told WSOC that the principal of Brookside Elementary in Gastonia called to explain that her son, Emanyea, had been suspended for…

84-year-old grandmother says she was strip searched by TSA

An 84-year-old Long Island woman says she was humiliated recently when a strip search by Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agents strip search left her with a bloody leg. While passing through John F. Kennedy Airport on her way to Florida, 4-foot-11 Lenore Zimmerman asked if she could bypass the…

Pet owners urge ban on dog devocalization

A controversial procedure performed on dogs and cats known as devocalization or debarking has upset animal lovers, who are now pushing to have the surgery outlawed. Debarking involves surgically removing an animal’s vocal cords to reduce the sound of the animal’s vocalizations. “I don’t think it’s the right thing to…

Maddow: Chris Hayes’ baby daughter is ‘Best New Thing in the World’

Rachel Maddow ended Friday’s show with this segment welcoming Ryan Shaw-Hayes to the world, baby daughter of Chris Hayes, the host of MSNBC’s “Up”. Baby Ryan was born to Hayes and his wife Kate Shaw on Monday morning, but according to Mediaite, Hayes is already back on duty at “Up”…

Kidnapper sues former hostages for breach of contract

A Colorado man is taking blaming the victim to a new level. Jesse Dimmick was convicted of kidnapping Jared and Lindsay Rowley in 2009. Today, he’s suing them for breach of contract because they did not help him hide from police. Dimmick was fleeing from murder charges in Colorado when…

Snake charmer releases cobras in Indian tax office as protest

A snake charmer in northern India released up to 40 snakes, including spitting cobras, in an Uttar Pradesh tax office. Hukkul Khan said he was protesting because government officials would not proivide a plot of land for him to keep his reptiles. “[T]here is no provision for such a business,”…

BBC host on striking workers: ‘Execute them in front of their families’

The BBC has apologized after one their most popular hosts called to have striking public workers killed “in front of their families.” Labor unions claimed Wednesday that as many as two million public workers joined a strike over cuts in pension rights as part of an austerity program by the…

Mall Santa left dangling after beard gets caught in rappelling accident

A stuntman posing as Santa Claus probably wishes he had flying reindeer after an accident left him dangling from the roof a Florida mall. The Santa impersonator had practiced a grand entrance by descending to the floor of a mall in Palm Beach Gardens, but when it came to show…

Former GOP sheriff allegedly traded meth for sex

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. was arrested in Colorado on Wednesday for allegedly trying to exchange methamphetamines for sex with a man. He was a widely respected law enforcement figure. The former Republican sheriff is currently being held at the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility, which…

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