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The skinny: Nixing buggy triangles puts traditional Amish men behind bars

Vehicle safety

Nixing triangles leads them to see some bars

Vehicles need brake lights. Those that don't have said lights need some other safety device that makes them more easily visible on the road. Such as the Amish buggy shown here, for instance. But eight men from a traditional Amish group refused to attach the orange safety triangles to their horse-drawn buggies and have just finished stints that ranged from three to 10 days behind bars at Graves County Jail in Kentucky. Their argument: The bright reflectors violated their religion, which restricts wearing flamboyant colors and relying on manmade symbols for safety. They also refused to pay fines for not having the safety triangles.

Raw vandalism

There's a reason why he's her ex

There are friendly breakups and I-hate-you breakups. But rotten ones? Ronald Smith, 58, of Denver has been convicted of placing raw chicken in his ex-wife's heating ducts and other acts of vandalism. He also poured an unknown substance into a baby grand piano and erased a hard drive on his ex-wife's computer. A Denver jury deliberated for about six hours, trying to see his side of the story, then gave up and found Smith guilty of second-degree burglary and criminal mischief. Authorities say the vandalism caused thousands of dollars of damage, and he faces up to 18 years in prison.

Captive audience

Offenders can pick jail or church

Offenders in southern Alabama who have not committed violent crimes will get some tough choices: Go to jail, or go to church every Sunday for a year. Operation Restore Our Community begins next week, and the city judge in Bay Minette will let misdemeanor offenders have the choice. If offenders select church, they will be allowed to pick the place of worship but must check in weekly with the pastor and police. Police Chief Mike Rowland says the program could change the lives of people heading down the wrong path. So far, 56 churches are participating.

Job wanted

Don't make fun of your employer

A California man will soon become an example human resources people use on how to lose your job because of his YouTube video about Starbucks. What's wrong with that? Well, he works there, and there were the lyrics: "It's just a cup of coffee / Give me a break / I shouldn't have to put up with this, making minimum wage." Christopher Cristwell, 25, was also wearing nothing but his underwear and green apron. Higher-ups at Starbucks, he says, "complimented me on my creative ability." And fired him.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Nixing buggy triangles puts traditional Amish men behind bars 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:41pm]
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