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Published Jul. 2, 2010

Jailhouse blues

Inmates are not tickled pink by the jumpsuits

If there's one thing that can bring the blush of shame to cheeks toughened by crime, it is hot pink jumpsuits. Inmates at the Greer County Jail in southwestern Oklahoma did the crime and were prepared, however unwillingly, to do the time. But can big, beefy guys with multiple tattoos ever live down those duds? That appears to be the idea. Greer County Sheriff Devin Huckabay says the flashy ensembles are a deterrent to crime - and make inmates easier to spot when working on community projects or being transferred. Huckabay says male inmates "don't like wearing them." Really?

Travel spiels

What you get for a $6 air ticket

So you think airlines in the U.S. nickel-and-dime you? Irish budget airline Ryanair says it plans to introduce flights - starting at $6 - where passengers stand up rather than sit down. Safety testing for 'vertical seating' will take place next year, chief executive Michael O'Leary says. That's when the airline will also start charging $1.50 to use the toilet. European aviation safety regulators say stand-up perches would not meet safety rules. Ryanair's plan: remove the back 10 rows of seats from the carrier's 250 planes and replace them with 15 rows of vertical seats to accommodate 40 to 50 more passengers. Two toilets could also be removed to free up even more space.

Education mess

Do kids pass when school flunks test?

Better proofreaders may have saved Springfield, Mass., school superintendent Alan Ingram some embarrassment. Ingram has taken responsibility for tests given to the district's 11th- and 12th-graders that were rife with spelling, grammatical and factual errors. Two tests given in May to about 2,600 students contained about 100 errors combined. The mistakes included the phrases "truning around" and "For God's skae," as well as a note on one test that read "This is the end of the Test," when there were two more pages. The district contracts with an outside company to develop the exams, but it wasn't that company's fault. The district's own proofreaders dropped the ball.

Elfin tricks

He was easy to spot, hard to find

Police responding to reports of a man leaping between cars in a Boulder, Colo., supermarket parking lot on Wednesday didn't need a detailed description of the suspect. Witnesses said a man dressed as a leprechaun was pretending to shoot at people with his fingers - and making obscene gestures. For some odd reason, Sgt. Fred Gerhardt suspects the witnesses called police because the man "was acting bizarre." None said alcohol could a factor. Officers did not find anyone matching the description of the leprechaun. That may be because of their lack of experience. Gerhardt said it is the first time Boulder police have received a complaint about a mischievous Irish elf.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.