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Published Sep. 22, 2009

Rules of engagement

Jess Duttry, 19, was engaged to be married to a great, unidentified guy. But she went and did him wrong with another guy, and her fiance broke it off. Realizing her error, she is serving a self-imposed penance. She made a sign that says, "I cheated. Honk if I deserve a second chance," and is holding it on busy streets of Sandusky, Ohio. On the other side of the sign it says, "I honestly love him." Duttry told the Sandusky Register that she had received 57 honks in about 90 minutes. "I just want a chance to redeem myself," she said. "If I have to stand out here in the rain for him to take me back, I will."

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Not safe for work

Union strike backs porn watchers

Pizza making at the Irish company Green Isle Foods was expected to come to a halt on Monday as the union representing workers there considered a strike over working conditions. Specifically, they are considering a strike over three workers who were fired after being accused of viewing porn at the plant. The company says the workers violated the company's Internet policy. The union says that the workers just opened e-mail sent to them and that the company is using it as an excuse to fire them for another reason, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

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He had medical excuse for porn

James Pacenza, 60, of Montgomery, N.Y., was fired from IBM in 2003. The official reason was that he "visited an Internet chat room for a sexual experience during work after he had been previously warned." A judge backed up the firing this year, and on Monday, Pacenza appealed on the basis that post-traumatic stress stemming from combat in Vietnam had turned him into a sex-and-Internet addict. In court papers, he says he needed to go to chat rooms to "divert my attention from my thoughts of Vietnam and death" and that he needed treatment. IBM says he never told them about his condition, so it couldn't get him treatment.

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Tall and useful

World's tallest man wants to be asset

Sultan Kosen was hoping to be named the tallest man in Turkey. At 8-feet-1, seemed like he had a good shot. So when Guinness came to measure him, it was determined that Kosen was four inches taller than the world's tallest man. He is the first person in more than a decade to register more than 8 feet. He isn't shying away from the attention this brings him. In fact, there are two things he is looking forward to. First, a car that he can fit in. But second, and more important, he is looking for love. "It has been really difficult to find a girlfriend," said the gentle giant. "I've never had one, they were usually scared of me. I'm hoping now I will find one." He points out the utility of his height, for the consideration of potential partners. "My height (is useful) to change the light bulbs and hang the curtains, things like that."

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