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The Skinny: Illegal laws are the easiest kind to repeal

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Illegal laws are the easiest kind to repeal

Officials in Franklinton, La., wanted to relax some of their laws restricting the sale of alcohol on Sundays, so they wrote to the state attorney general, Buddy Caldwell, to ask for some advice. Turns out, it was going to be pretty easy, because ever since the state revamped its blue laws in 1986, the Franklinton local provisions have been invalid. Ohhhhhhh ... uhhhh ... nevermind. If Franklinton wants to enact any sort of ban, it would have to be put to a vote. And this serves as notice for other towns with old bans, reports WWL-AM.

Town loses power due to his bad mood

Ever been so depressed that you decided to get drunk, climb a power pole, and pretend you can walk a tightrope across power lines? If you have, then you know exactly how Xiang Jun of Dongguan, China, felt. Some of Xiang's friends took him to lunch to cheer him up, but he started drinking, then saw the tower. Firefighters got there within five minutes, but all they could do is set up a big air cushion for when he eventually fell. And they turned off the electricity through the lines, so it wouldn't kill him, leaving part of the city without power. No word on whether they took a vote on whether to do that or not. He eventually fell, reports Guangzhou Daily, and hit the cushion, uninjured. Police hadn't decided whether to file charges.

Snow ruins pretty flimsy alibi

Police in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., responded to a call early Wednesday from a man who said his car had been stolen from the parking lot of Tapper's Bar, reports the Sheboygan Press. Police quickly found the car, crashed into a snow drift about a half-mile away. They also found a set of footprints leading away from the crash. A clue! So they followed them. They lost the trail, though ... at Tapper's Bar. There, they talked to the victim, and noticed that his footwear matched almost perfectly the trail that led from the car to the bar. He admitted it was him, and he failed a sobriety test, and he now faces a drunk-driving charge. It is his fifth.


Cause of death

The Mythbusters were right. On Wednesday, we reported on the death of Roy Messenger in Montesano, Wash., and injected skepticism when officials suggested that his death resulted from urinating on a downed power line. An episode of the cable show once tested a similar scenario and determined it was nearly impossible for liquid dispersed in that manner to conduct electricity back to the body. And, indeed, Messenger's autopsy concluded that he had grabbed the live wire with his hand, causing the fatal shock. If he was doing anything else at the time, it was a coincidence.

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

The Skinny: Illegal laws are the easiest kind to repeal 03/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 4, 2010 10:29pm]
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