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The skinny: Sweden has too much say in naming of kids

Name games

Sweden has too much say in naming of kids

Jenny and Henrik Johansson of Orebro, Sweden, are happily married. They have two kids. Their older child was born before they were married, and given the name Tuva Stagsegel Johansson, with her middle name being Jenny's maiden name. Cute! So, then they got married and had a son, Neo, and wanted his middle name to be Stagsegel as well. Whoa! The Swedish Tax Agency, which apparently has a say in the matter, said no way. It gave a legally based but totally ununderstandable reason. After looking through the codes, officials came up with this solution: The Johansson's could get divorced, Henrick could change his surname to Stagsegel-Johansson, and they could get remarried. The newspaper the Local consulted Ingeregerd Widell of the tax agency to see if she agreed. "That's the most stupid piece of advice I have ever heard," she said. So there is hope for the tax agency.

Head games

Tip: Warn roomies about bison head

Two residents of a house in Boulder, Colo., called police when a bison head was found in the front yard, propped up on a decorative rock. It was concerning. Was it a sick fraternity prank? A political statement? A message from the mob? Police asked the homeowner, who got the head as a souvenir on a trip to a Nevada ranch. He was drying it out so he could display it on a wall in the house. And possibly totally unaware of the basics of taxidermy. He hadn't told his roommates about the acquisition. "This case is closed," police spokeswoman Kim Kobel told the Denver Post.

Police reports

There's no keeping Lindsay locked up

Police in Salina, Kan., picked up Lindsay Houte, 26, on a couple of misdemeanor warrants on Monday, reports the Salina Journal. Cops handcuffed her, but on the way to the car, she slipped out of the cuffs and made a break for it. She tripped, and officers caught her. That would have been embarassing. So they handcuffed her again — it worked so well the first time — and put her in the patrol car. Figuring there was no way she would escape twice, they attended to other business with her locked in the back seat. But the front wasn't locked. She managed to squirm through the partition and get out. This time she didn't trip and hasn't been seen since.

Never drive stolen car to court. Ever.

Pamela D. Copes, 33, needed to get to court in Colonie, N.Y., on charges of fleeing police and reckless driving, so she drove there. Simultaneously, police in Colonie got a call from colleagues in Albany that a stolen car with a positioning system was tracked to Colonie. Officers went outside and found the stolen car in the Police Department parking lot. It wasn't hard to find Copes from there, and she now also faces a charge of criminal possession.

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

The skinny: Sweden has too much say in naming of kids 11/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:53pm]
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