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The Skinny: Ex-judge facing drunken driving penalty he's all too aware of

Open and shut case

Sloshed Judge really should know better

Former Australian Supreme Court Judge Roderick Howie knows about the punishment for high-range drunken driving. He wrote the guidelines, after all. The 62-year-old judge probably never expected to find himself in court on the same charge. He did. Howie, now an acting judge on the Court of Appeal, pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of midrange drunken driving in a May 19 incident, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. There also was the matter of his hitting another vehicle head-on. The paper noted that the guideline written by Howie calls for harsher penalties when drunken driving also involves a collision. He could face as long as nine months in prison and a fine of $2,340 at his sentencing.

Hitting a dead-end

Alcohol Mary not about to change

Selectmen in Greenwood, Maine, like having a road named for a Prohibition bootlegger. So they decided to keep it after the objections of Arthur Hertell, who lives in nearby Bethel. He says his grandmother Mary once lived on the small, hidden-away road, and the name defames the grandmother, the Sun Journal reported. The selectmen say Alcohol Mary Road does no such thing, since the grandmother is not the road's namesake. Residents say Alcohol Mary is a historical figure and a source of pride.

Thrill of stripping

All together now, while baring it all

Lizzy White wanted to be part of a record, so she flew from Australia to Wales to skinny-dip. She and about 400 other people took the plunge at Rhossili Beach, the Metro newspaper reported. "What was I thinking of?" the 25-year-old wondered afterward. "But it was great fun and very exhilarating to strip off and dive into the waves, even if they are a lot colder than what I'm used to." The existing record is believed to stand at 250 naked bathers in one location. Organizers, who also used the event as a charity fundraiser, will submit evidence to Guinness World Records in an attempt to claim the title.

Not a perfect fit

Latest in style at New York jail

New York jail officials have seen enough of scantily clad visitors. They spent $5,000 on 800 extra-extra-large bright green T-shirts for people who lack the necessary attire for visiting a lockup, the New York Daily News reported. If too much skin is showing, put on a T-shirt or go back home. The clothing is washed daily, of course. Department spokeswoman Sharman Stein says the policy will also help catch visitors trying to sneak in contraband. The T-shirts have no pockets.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

The Skinny: Ex-judge facing drunken driving penalty he's all too aware of 06/23/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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