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Chuck Shepherd writes the syndicated column News of the Weird.

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News of the Weird: Handyman held by force at plush home

Jason DeJesus, 36, and Chanelle Troedson, 33, who share an upscale 4,600-square-foot home, with pool and courts for playing tennis...

Updated: January 25, 2013, - 03:02 PM

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As an alternative to burial, cremation is no longer green enough, say environmentalists, because it releases smoke and mercury, and thus the industry is considering "promession," in which the body is frozen in liquid nitrogen to minus-320 degrees and then shaken until it disintegrates into powder. For green burials, the United States has at least six cemeteries that require biodegradable casings and for bodies to be free of embalming chemicals. The Forever Fernwood cemetery in Mill Valley, Calif., goes even further, according to an October Los Angeles Times story, banning grave markers, but, said the owner, "We issue the family a Google map with the GPS coordinates" so they can find their loved one.

Updated: November 28, 2007, - 05:20 PM

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Update: The man noted in News of the Weird in 1996 for keeping an almost unbelievably detailed personal diary died...

Updated: November 21, 2007, - 04:20 PM

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Terrye Cheathem, a criminal defense lawyer and adviser to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, has developed a line of greeting cards for a Hallmark-ignored demographic: the recently incarcerated. Among her selections are cards reading "Sorry to hear about your arrest," and "Honestly, I never knew anyone who was arrested before," and, simply, "Not You!" A remorseful correspondent could choose: "I know that I have not visited you. But I still care about you ... When are you getting out, anyway?"

Updated: November 14, 2007, - 03:14 PM

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Crime-fearing female pedestrians in Tokyo can soon protect themselves with fashion designer Aya Tsukioka's skirt that opens into a realistic-looking...

Updated: November 07, 2007, - 04:00 PM

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Junior New York City hedge fund trader Andrew Tong charged in October that his boss forced him to take female hormones to dampen his aggressiveness, which the supervisor said was leading him to make bad trades, according to a CNBC report. In his lawsuit against Ping Jiang (a big-time trader who reportedly earns $100 million a year) and employer SAC Capital (one of the biggest hedge fund names on Wall Street), Tong claimed further that he was harassed and even sexually attacked, and had started wearing dresses.

Updated: October 31, 2007, - 05:34 PM

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In the northern Albanian countryside, about 40 women still practice an ancient tradition as "sworn virgins." The young females renounce sex forever in exchange for being treated as men, according to an August Washington Post interview of Elvira Dones, an Albanian native who recently completed a documentary on the subject. The oath is usually taken in front of a town's elders, and the likeliest candidates come from homes in need of a male head of household (because of death or abandonment). Even in such a male-dominated society, according to Dones, men seem to accept the "sworn virgins" as equals.

Updated: October 24, 2007, - 04:58 PM

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In September, prominent California cardiologist Dr. Maurice Buchbinder had his privileges revoked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after...

Updated: October 17, 2007, - 05:47 PM

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Ralph Whittington, 57, retired in 2000 as curator of the main reading room at the Library of Congress, but was better known as the "King of Porn" for his private collection that he recently sold (500 boxes' worth) to the Museum of Sex in New York City.

Updated: October 11, 2007, - 01:25 AM

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In August, a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands, Martinus Muskens, suggested that Christians start referring to God as "Allah" as a way of relieving world tensions. "Allah is a very beautiful word. ... What does God care what we call him? It is our problem." A priest in Rome said Muskens' intentions were good, "but his theology needs a little fine-tuning." Muskens said he spent eight years in Indonesia, where Catholic priests used "Allah" during mass.

Updated: October 03, 2007, - 04:54 PM

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