LAW & ORDER
Jennifer Wilson of Hertfordshire, England, was beaten by a stranger at a nightclub, but police could not identify a suspect and were about to let the case go. But Wilson, 20, was not. The woman who beat her with a glass had been accompanied by someone Wilson was friends with on Facebook. Why the police don't just start their investigations on Facebook at this point is a mystery. So Wilson looked through his 200-some friends until she found the attacker. From there, she found an address and workplace and gave them to police, who arrested Ashleigh Holliman. Holliman, 22, confessed to the attack. She must pay Wilson $4,000 and perform 120 hours of community service. Though it wasn't a requirement, her lawyer says a remorseful Holliman stopped drinking after the incident.
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Hoaxer has idea to get out of court
James Ronald Condren, 44, was standing trial in Sutherland, Australia, on charges that he had made bomb threats to 10 schools in four hours Tuesday. The proceedings were orderly, with his lawyer denying all charges. But when the judge denied him bail, Condren climbed out of the dock to make a point. The guards didn't take well to that and grabbed him, according to the Daily Telegraph in Sydney. So he decided to create a diversion of some sort. Hmmmm. Wait, of course: He then yelled, "There's a bomb in the courthouse! Everyone back away!" The judge cleared the court while they searched, then took Condren into custody.
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'Disabled' designer designs on TV
Ronald Hunt, 56, was an interior designer in Los Angeles before an injury led to him receiving about $150,000 in disability benefits. And, as it turns out, he was an interior designer in Los Angeles while he was receiving those benefits, too. The state's Franchise Tax Board says Hunt earned about $400,000 working over the three years he was receiving benefits for not being able to work. He got caught because an employee of the insurance company paying the benefits saw Hunt featured on a Home and Garden Television show. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fraud. Now he'll be putting in 200 hours of work in community service. He also has to pay $180,000 in restitution.
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Donald's hotel trumps China tower
In the latest rankings, the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago has moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 in the list of the world's tallest buildings, according to an international arbiter of building heights. The tower didn't get any taller. And the Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, with which it switched places, didn't get shorter. Rather, the criteria for measuring changed, and the counters now count a lower level of the Chicago building, adding 27 feet to its total, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Trump is now 1,388 feet, 6 inches tall, about 61/2-feet taller than Jin Mao.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.