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Voting in Chicago on Tuesday went very, very smoothly. At least if you don't count the precinct where the pens didn't work. So, instead of getting pens that did work, an election judge told 20 voters that the pens had invisible ink and that the scanners would be able to read their votes. "Part of me was thinking it does sound stupid enough to be true,'' said Amy Carlton, who told the Chicago Sun-Times that she had serious doubts but voted with the pen anyway. Turns out, there was no invisible ink, and the voters actually registered no votes. "This one defies logic,'' said Jim Allen of the Chicago Board of Elections. Election officials say the judge was misinformed, not intentionally evil. Officials attempted to contact the voters and ask them to come back and try again.

UPDATE: IT ALSO WAS NOT SUPER TUESDAY IN VIRGINIA: On Wednesday, we told you about the people who showed up outside a Wisconsin precinct to vote. Now comes word that in Virginia, election officials fielded about 400 calls by noon from people wanting to know why their polling place was not open. It was because Virginia's primary is next week.

Police work

Piece of a head suggests crime

When a dog in Pasco, Wash., found a piece of someone's scalp, it set off a full-fledged police investigation. "It appears to be human," police Capt. James Raymond said. "We're taking a leap that the person it belongs to probably is not alive." So to solve the case, police are going door to door asking if anyone has seen any red-headed strangers lately. So far, no dice. "Someone out there is probably not living and so that's really what the priority is: Where is this person?" Raymond said.

Weather report

Chance of tornado cancels tornado drill

For the second year in a row, Georgia had to postpone a statewide severe weather drill because severe weather was expected. The drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is apparently well chosen each year.


Rooster vote

By a 2-1 margin, voters in Riverside, Calif., approved a measure that will limit the number of roosters homeowners can keep on their property. Residents will now be limited to seven, down from 50. Rooster owners also must keep their flock in an "acoustical structure" from sundown to sunrise to limit the noise. But it wasn't just about noise. The city was also trying to curb cockfighting.

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


"(Monday) in Connecticut, Hillary Clinton once again wiped away eyes filled with tears. You know what that means, it's the day before a primary!"

Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show