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Posted: 29-Jun-2004, 02:33 PM
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Aussie charged for killing shark
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CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian diver who says he speared a grey nurse shark in self-defence faces charges for killing an endangered species. "I thought it was either the shark or me," the man told the Daily Telegraph. "I was convinced it was trying to eat me."

A state fisheries officer found the spear fisherman on a beach north of Sydney with a dead 10-kg grey nurse shark on June 9. Grey nurse sharks are considered dangerous to humans, although the speared animal was identified as an immature one.

The man may be the first person charged with killing a nurse shark under state law.

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Hey, I'm with him on this one! scared.gif Endangered species or not, if the shark had come after him and he couldn't get away from it safely, then he's right to take action first and worry about the consequences later. At least he can have a "later"!

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Posted: 29-Jun-2004, 10:14 PM
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What if there was also a law that stated that it was illegal to feed the animals? Now that would be a dilemma!


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Posted: 29-Jun-2004, 11:23 PM
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QUOTE (Keltic @ 29-Jun-2004, 10:14 PM)
What if there was also a law that stated that it was illegal to feed the animals? Now that would be a dilemma!

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I would go with the guy on that one. He can say it was self-defence!


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Posted: 14-Jul-2004, 02:59 PM
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Baseball fans can sue if they are injured by a foul ball around the concession areas in New Jersey's minor league ballparks, a state appeals court ruled.

Monday's decision permits a Newark man who was hit in the face by a ball while buying a beer at Newark's Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium to sue the team and the food service company.

The appellate panel said that while fans who attend sporting events assume some risk of balls flying into the stands, that standard should not apply while they are at concession areas ordering food or drink.

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Posted: 23-Jul-2004, 11:56 AM
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STATION MAY BE LIABLE FOR SELLING GAS TO DRUNK DRIVER

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit against a gas station filed by two victims of drunken driving.

The court ruled Gary West and Michell Richardson could sue East Tennessee Pioneer Oil Company for negligence.

An investigation concluded that employees of a Knoxville Exxon station operated by Pioneer refused to sell Brian Lee Tarver beer because he was intoxicated, but helped him pump fuel into his car.

Police say Tarver left the station with his lights off, driving in the wrong lane and crashed head-on into the car carrying West and Richardson in July, 2000.

A Knox County court had dismissed the suit, ruling neither the company nor its employees controlled Tarver's actions.

The appeals court ruled what the station employees "set into a motion a force involving an unreasonable risk of harm to others."
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Posted: 24-Jul-2004, 06:10 PM
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L.A. considers banning silly string.

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LOS ANGELES - Silly string's days may be numbered in Los Angeles.

The City Council is set to consider an ordinance Friday that would ban the substance from use in public places.

One councilman says banning silly string is needed to clean up the streets of Hollywood and other areas where it is often used during Halloween and New Year's parties. He says the aerosol-powered spray string can clog sewers.

Many others say the council is wasting time by discussing such a seemingly trivial issue.

The ingredients of silly string are kept secret by manufacturers, but some kinds contain a small amount of alcohol and plasticizers.

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/...tring23-ON.html

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Baseball fans can sue if they are injured by a foul ball around the concession areas in New Jersey's minor league ballparks, a state appeals court ruled.

Monday's decision permits a Newark man who was hit in the face by a ball while buying a beer at Newark's Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium to sue the team and the food service company.

The appellate panel said that while fans who attend sporting events assume some risk of balls flying into the stands, that standard should not apply while they are at concession areas ordering food or drink.


1) This is why you *always* keep your eye on the ball, no matter where you are in the park, and
2) If you've got that much of an issue trying to get a $5 brew, wear your batting helmet to concessions! Geez! People..... grumble grumble.....


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Posted: 03-Aug-2004, 11:44 AM
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Jail sued for child support because conception happened there.

KNOXVILLE, Georgia (AP) -- The grandparents of a child conceived while her parents were both in the Crawford County Jail want the county to help them support the baby.

LaTonya Finney and boyfriend, Adrian Howard, were jailed in 2002 to await trial on robbery charges. While they remained behind bars, Finney became pregnant.

They say they had been granted a conjugal visit, but the sheriff says the county has never allowed such contact.

"I just think it's a very, very bizarre social conscience these people have that their daughter conceives a child and they think the sheriff is responsible," said county attorney David Mincey Jr.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/08/02/jail.pre...y.ap/index.html


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Posted: 03-Aug-2004, 11:51 AM
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Couple Rushing To Hospital To Have Baby Get Traffic Ticket
Mom Gives Birth; Dad Gets Cited

POSTED: 6:26 pm EDT July 29, 2004

FAIRFAX, Va. -- A couple that went to a Virginia hospital to deliver a baby went home with a traffic ticket.

Kathleen Siragusa and her husband, Tom, were in the car on their way to the hospital when her water broke. That's when they hit a traffic jam.

"The first thought on my mind was what came out of my mouth. 'Turn on the lights, drive on the shoulder and go!'" Kathleen said.

A mile later, a police car appeared in front of them.

"I saw a police car and thought, 'A policeman when you need him, yeah!'" Kathleen said.

However, the couple soon found out their trouble was just beginning.

"I rolled down the window and said, 'We need to get to the hospital. Will you escort us?' He said he would call an ambulance and my wife said, 'Let's go!'" Tom said.

Kathleen said she couldn't wait any longer, so they took off with the officer behind them.

A short seven minutes after arriving at the hospital, Kathleen gave birth to a baby girl. Meanwhile, the officer found Tom and gave him a ticket.

The citation charged him with disregarding an officer's hand signal. That's standard policy according to Fairfax police.

"The policy is to bring paramedics to the location," said Sgt. Richard Perez of the Fairfax County Police Department.

"Is there any exception to the rule?" a reporter asked.

"There's no exception to the rule," Perez said.

Authorities said it would have taken less than five minutes to get an ambulance to the scene, and they suggested the Siragusas took an unacceptable risk.

"There's no exception that allows a motorist under stress to endanger the lives of themselves or others on the roadway," Perez said.

Now home with a healthy baby girl, Kathleen sees the officer's actions differently.

"Did he think he was helping? That flashing his lights and sirens and telling us to move over would help? I don't believe his mind was in the right place," Kathleen said.

It's an argument the new mother will soon be making in court.

http://www.nbc13.com/family/3596912/detail.html

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Posted: 05-Aug-2004, 10:50 AM
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Not to give myself a plug. . . okay, it's completely to give myself a plug. . . I've written numerous humorous columns making fun of stupid laws and stupid lawsuits. You can find them at http://www.humorcolumnists.com by clicking on the Stupid Lawsuits button.

And I may do one on the Silly String ban in LA this week -- so if you see this post before midnight on Thursday, 8-5-04, sign up for my column at my website and you'll get it in your inbox the next day.

In fact, now I'm pretty sure that I'll do it on that very topic. So if anyone reads this post and then sees that column in their inbox on Friday morning, you can smile quietly to yourself and say "He wrote that because he promised CelticRadio.net that he would."


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Posted: 10-Aug-2004, 11:18 AM
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TORONTO (AFP) - A Canadian man got off the leash by divorcing from his wife, but was ordered by a judge to pay 200 dollars a month in doggie-alimony.

Four-year-old St Bernard, Crunchy, is munching his way through a monthly bill of 200 dollars (150 US) in food, health bills and general care giving, the National Post newspaper reported.

Pampering the pooch is truck driver Kenneth Duncan, of western Alberta province, in what is thought to be the first court order of its kind in Canada.

The 200 dollar assessment is about a third of what Duncan would be required to pay his ex-wife Barbara Boschee had there been a child involved -- but the ruling doesn't involve any visitation rights.

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Posted: 10-Aug-2004, 08:26 PM
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Speaking of child support, Joe, a friend of mine had an interesting experience. He had been ordered by the court to pay $50.00 a week support for his infant daughter. He was able to gain custody (the mother was a crack addict) and quit paying child support. The court immediately served him with a contempt notice. Seems just because he had full custody did not void the support order. He still had to pay the court $50.00 a week. Then, as the custodial parent, the court gave him the $50.00 a week. In other words, he was under court order to pay himself $50.00 a week child support and to make sure he kept up with the payments, they had to go thru the court. It took 18 months to get the support order rescinded.


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QUOTE (deckers @ 05-Aug-2004, 10:50 AM)
And I may do one on the Silly String ban in LA this week -- so if you see this post before midnight on Thursday, 8-5-04, sign up for my column at my website and you'll get it in your inbox the next day.

In fact, now I'm pretty sure that I'll do it on that very topic. So if anyone reads this post and then sees that column in their inbox on Friday morning, you can smile quietly to yourself and say "He wrote that because he promised CelticRadio.net that he would."


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I did it! I wrote the Silly String column last week.

While I don't have it up on my own website yet -- http://www.humorcolumnists.com -- you can see it at the American Reporter (http://www.american-reporter.com).

It was last week's column, so scroll down a bit until you find the Make My Day column by Erik Deckers (that's me!).

Enjoy.
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