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The skinny: Chinese man must choose one wife to keep

Holy Matrimony!

Chinese man must choose one wife to keep

Ren Shushao and Xiong Jinzhen of Qijiang, China, had been happily married when Xiong disappeared in 1997. After five years of having no idea what happened to Xiong, Ren remarried, and that marriage is going great. But it got a little tricky earlier this year when Ren heard that his first wife had been kidnapped back in 1997, sold to a series of men and was being held in a nearby city. He helped rescue her, and that led to Ren and his two wives all living together. "Each of my wives has their own room, but I sleep more with my old wife," he told the Conqing Business Daily, offering details everyone was curious about but was afraid to ask. Everyone seems okay with the arrangement, except the law. Ren has been told to pick one wife and divorce the other, or be charged with bigamy. He says he is keeping Xiong, but that his second wife is welcome to stay with them.

Dinner is late, so next step: arson

Police in Sissonville, W.Va., have arrested Guy Jones, 60, on first-degree arson charges. According to Guy's wife, Beverly, Guy got home and was pretty upset that his dinner wasn't waiting for him. Next thing she knew, flames were coming up from the basement, reports the Charleston Daily Mail.

Deadly digits

Cell number leads to early termination

First it was Vladimir Grashnov. The Bulgarian businessman died of cancer in 2001 at 48. Then Konstantin Dimitrov, a Bulgarian mafia boss who got whacked in 2003 at 31. Then Konstantin Dishliev, a businessman who may have also been a drug smuggler and was shot dead outside a restaurant in 2005. The connection: all three had the cell phone number 0888-888-888. Sounds like a cool number, easy to remember, but seriously bad luck seems to follow it. Since Dishliev's death, the number has not been reassigned, and London's Telegraph reports it has been shelved for good, though the company won't confirm that, or even discuss it.

Airline baggage

Passenger dreams on after landing

The United Express flight from Washington's Dulles Airport to Philadelphia arrived at 12:27 a.m. Tuesday, after a trip of barely an hour. But Ginger McGuire had taken the time to nap. Being a short flight, it wouldn't have been much of a nap, but it got longer when the crew didn't wake her up. When a cleaning crew arrived at 3:50 a.m. to prepare the plane for its next flight, she was still there sleeping. But they at least woke her up. Oh no. This is going to lead to a steep, prepaid wake-up fee, just wait.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Chinese man must choose one wife to keep 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 8:09pm]
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