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Part of Robert Grandt's job as a librarian at Brooklyn Technical High School is to "encourage the kids to read new books." So when this cool new adaptation of Macbeth came out, he got really excited. He featured it in the library newsletter. He even gave out free copies. The problem came about because the book was illustrated by his daughter, and that goes against the city's ethics code. So he had to pay a fine of $500. All because he tried to get a little publicity for Macbeth, illustrated by Eve Grandt, and available at


Crime, punishment a delicate art

- Officer Michael Petrillo of the Mamaroneck, N.Y., police department gave Mayor Kathleen Savolt a ticket for using her cell phone while driving. When he heard that a judge dismissed the ticket, Officer Petrillo did the logical thing and drove to the mayor's home and issued another. "He said to me, 'I think the ticket was unfairly dismissed, so I'm issuing a duplicate ticket,' " Savolt said.

- Police in the town of Pemberton, England, found a burglary suspect trapped in the chimney of a supermarket at 5:30 a.m. The police had no idea how he got into the chimney, but think that he was clothed at the time. They suspect his clothes came off while trying to escape.

- A woman in New York was indicted on Tuesday. It is difficult to say with any certainty what her name was, because she has been arrested 73 times since 1971, and used 36 names. This time, she was Katherine Kelly. She has been convicted 16 times, at least. And police think she is 76, though she has given 26 birth dates. The current charge stems from accusations she took a wallet out of a shopping cart in a supermarket.

- One of the hazards of impersonating a police officer and pulling over another car is that there is a chance, however slight, that you might pull over a real, live off-duty police officer. Israel Gomez of Hartford, Conn., found this out the hard way on Tuesday. He faces multiple charges.

- Clemson University students Michael James Seeber and Kyrylo Chernyshuk aren't rocket scientists, but they are engineering students. They were doing experiments with dry ice, and there was an explosion. People thought it was a gunshot, and the students were arrested. "This was blown out of proportion by people who didn't know what gunshots sound like," said material sciences professor Gary Lickfield.


Expensive pants

Roy Pearson lost his case and his job, but he hasn't stopped fighting. The man who sued a Washington, D.C., dry cleaner for $54-million because they lost his pants has gone to appeals court, more than a year after his case was rejected. Stay tuned.

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


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