New York Good times
Nothing but good news ... and it was free
People reading the New York Times on Wednesday learned that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over, global warming, health care and the economy are all pretty much fixed. And CEOs are now subject to salary laws instituting a maximum wage. Too good to be true? Definitely. The paper, handed out by volunteers, was a spoof of the New York Times. Organizers said that the stunt took months of planning and was meant to hold President-elect Obama to his campaign promises. The pranksters, a group calling themselves "Yes Men," said 1.2-million copies were distributed, but there was no way to verify that, and the New York Times suggested that that number was unlikely.
In a previous life
Park was lively but was a cemetery
Construction workers building a parking garage in Denver were digging in Cheesman Park last week when they found about 40 caskets. Turns out, the popular park where kids play and people jog and walk their dogs used to be a cemetery. In the early days of Denver, the site was the final resting place of thousands, but as the city grew, people were told to move their loved ones to make room for the new park and eventually a botanic garden. Most of the caskets were empty, but some bones were found and will be buried together in another cemetery.
Tanne vs. Tanne
Divorce case becomes infectious
Frederick Tanne, a senior partner in a Manhattan law firm and the estranged husband of Amy Tanne, was suing his wife of 22 years, claiming that she gave him herpes. The New York Post reports that this courtroom gambit backfired when Amy Tanne's legal team provided medical records that say she has tested negative for the virus. So, wait ... then how did Mr. Tanne contract the dise... ohhhhhhhhhhhhh. Well, that is probably going to change the whole case.
Family gives chief plenty of work
It's always nice when you have the kind of family that supports your career by sending a little bit of business your way. Except, of course, when your chosen career is police chief. China News reports of a man named Laobulaluo, the police chief of Heizhugou township in southwestern China. The news outlet says that he has arrested at least 48 of his relatives over his 10-year career. At least 25 of them have been either jailed or sent for "re-education through labor." Early in his career, relatives threatened his parents and injured family cows in retaliation, but it has all settled down now. "Everyone understands and supports what I was doing at the time," he said.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.