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The Skinny: These games have 14 golds, rest are also-rans

Civil servants

These games have 14 golds, rest are also-rans

The city of Gumi, South Korea, had 14 openings for street sweepers. It got almost 500 candidates. So instead of pesky interviews and such, officials decided to stage an Olympics-style event to narrow the field. Contestants had to sprint with a 44-pound bag of rice, sweep 100 meters of simulated road, whatever that is, and clean up after dogs with tongs and plastic bags. And, like the Olympics, the media interviewed the families to see how they felt about the proceedings. "If my husband gets the job our problems are over," said Kim Hye Ran. She said she liked the fact that the cleaners work until 4. That way he can work for her in the evenings.

Flaw & order

What crime merits missing Hank Jr.?

Charles Wiant, 18, pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor's German shepherd with a bow and arrow. For this crime, he was sentenced by a judge in St. Albans, W.Va., to 50 hours community service at an animal shelter, $1,000 restitution to the dog's owners and a year of unsupervised probation. All that after serving four weekends in jail. Well, not consecutive weekends. He doesn't have to come in the first weekend in April, because his girlfriend already bought tickets to the big Hank Williams Jr. concert, and they were really, really expensive. The dog's owners did not object.

Police reports

'Attack' the result of personal issues

Michael Black, 19, told a harrowing story of being jumped by three men in Scranton, Pa. The men, as he told the story to police, ripped off his jacket and shirt, assaulted him with a razor blade, then knocked him in the back of the noggin, leaving him with a concussion. And he said they used foul language with him, which was very upsetting. The Scranton Times Tribune reports that upon further questions, Black's story went through some changes. Eventually, the story came to be that Black took off his shirt himself, and with no bad guys with razor blades in sight, started running through the woods, getting cut by tree branches. The concussion was real but occurred when he slipped on ice. He has been charged with filing a false report. He says he was angry about "personal issues."

Reports of nudity get extra attention

Police in Tacoma, Wash., responded in force to a 911 call that there was a naked woman tied to a tree in an area park. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that "several police officers" came out to investigate. When they got there, they talked to her and found the man who tied her up, and classified it a "consensual rendezvous" and made no arrests.

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

The Skinny: These games have 14 golds, rest are also-rans 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 10:19pm]
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