Gasoline prices bring wheels of justice to halt
A federal judge in San Antonio, Texas, was supposed to oversee a hearing in a very important case on Monday regarding the state's presidential primary and caucus system. He decided to cancel it, in part because gas prices are too high. "Numerous gallons of $4 a gallon gas would be expended for a significant number of persons to appear with the result being an oral presentation of the already written arguments," Judge Fred Biery wrote. The hearing will presumably be rescheduled when all parties have had time to go through the documents and a more meaningful hearing can be held. No contingency has been made for future gas prices.
Yearbook provides interesting memories
A high school in Texas asked its yearbook company to resize student photos so that everyone's head was about the same size and that everyone's eyes were at about the same level. "Unfortunately, we misinterpreted what those guidelines were," Sara Thurin Rollin, a spokeswoman for Lifetouch, told the Dallas Morning News. That is a good assessment. The company digitally altered the appearance of 583 students at McKinney High near Dallas, including putting the heads of at least 34 students on bodies that weren't theirs. Girls' heads on boys' bodies and the other way around. Stretched necks. Missing arms. Shirt colors changed. One girl appeared to be missing her shirt altogether. "I cannot even figure out why they did some of the things that they did," said Lori Oglesbee, the school's yearbook adviser. The company will reprint the 1,100 books, for which students paid $80.
Cookies and cake
This mess requires a milk truck
A truck driver making his way through Morris, Ill., fell asleep at the wheel about
4 a.m. Monday and crashed, spilling his haul all over Interstate 80. It took authorities hours to remove the mess, which closed both lanes of the road 50 miles southwest of Chicago for hours. The spilled cargo? Oreos. Fourteen tons of them. And to make matters worse, they were double stuffed.
Pardon me, would you like some cake?
A new biography of former Netherlands Queen Juliana suggests that upon leaving the throne in 1980, she had her own "Let them eat cake" moment. Former Prime Minister Dries van Agt says that when Juliana abdicated in favor of her daughter, Queen Beatrix, she wanted to pardon petty criminals, a common act in days of old. So when she was told such a thing was no longer possible, she asked for the next best thing: Could all prisoners at least be served cake? "An outstanding idea, your majesty," responded then-Vice Prime Minister Hans Wiegel. "And we'll write a message in whipped cream on each cake: 'and many more years.' " As outstanding an idea as it may have been, it didn't happen.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.