Luggage doesn't get there faster, even full of fuel
A group of friends was returning home to Denver from a trip to Puerto Rico. Upon retrieving their luggage, they noticed something that it would have been impossible to not notice: Their luggage was soaked with jet fuel. But it was no big deal, because representatives from Delta Airlines met them and gave them some helpful tips on how to remove the fume-y stench. And if anything was ruined — unlikely though that may be — they could submit a reimbursement form. The Denver Post reports that the representative told the group that the drenching probably happened in Puerto Rico, which meant that the fuel-soaked baggage was sitting in the luggage compartment for the whole flight, which sounds like a bad idea on a number of levels. The group was not assessed an additional fuel charge for the amount that they took home.
Give it up for lent
Eat chocolate but turn off the iPhone
British bishops are encouraging Christians to give up something new for Lent this year: carbon consumption. "Giving up chocolate is a symbol of (penitence)," said Rev. John Pritchard of Oxford. "But giving up technology is a more serious way of looking at the issues that face us as a global community." So the call is to give up iPods, cell phones and TV for one day. Rev. Richard Chartres of London said the "Carbon Fast" was "an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God in a practical way."
Scotland reconsiders murder conviction
Scotland's justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, will consider overturning the murder conviction against James Stewart. Glasgow lawyer John Macaulay says Stewart did not get a fair trial, that the conviction was politically motivated and there is no way Stewart could have committed the act. Stewart was convicted of killing Colin Campbell in a very famous case. Well, it was famous in 1752, when it happened. And became more famous in 1886 when it was a central plot point in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped. But Macaulay says all the evidence points to Stewart's innocence, and MacAskill will listen. Stewart was executed for the crime.
Whoops! Did I just use fake money?
Joshua G. Isaacs of Sheboygan, Wis., stands accused of counterfeiting after an incident in which police say he bought some stuff down at the Q Mart with a bill that he had created using Photoshop. Isaacs, 30, used the "you are going to think this is soooo funny" defense, telling police that he likes to dabble in graphic design and made a bill in the software — just to see if he could — then inadvertently put the bill in his wallet, then accidentally used it at the Q Mart. The Sheboygan Press reports that the police totally understood the mixup and appreciated that he turned himself in, but charged him anyway. He could get three years in prison.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.