middle finger wins
A man who was pulled over and cited after flipping off a Utah police officer in 2010 has agreed to drop his complaint after the city of Orem agreed to pay him $2,500 in damages and promised not to ticket anyone else for the obscene gesture. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah had threatened a lawsuit on behalf of Seth Dame, saying an officer violated Dame's constitutional right to express himself after Dame flipped him off on June 25, 2010. "Allowing police to detain and charge people for impolite behavior would grant police wide discretionary power to harass people they do not like," said John Mejia, legal director of the ACLU of Utah, in a statement Thursday. "Any police overstep of power to crack down on expression, even rude expression, is therefore worth serious attention." The settlement provides $2,500 in attorneys' fees to the ACLU and $2,500 in damages to Dame.
clutter is bad
Treasure found on clutttered desk
A retired hospice chaplain from Glen Ellyn, Ill., was sitting on a $1 million winning lottery ticket for two months until two weeks ago when he decided to clean up his desk. "About 12 tickets had accumulated on my desk, and I decided to tidy up to make room for my new computer. I checked the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and just about screamed when I saw that I won," said Ron Yurcus in a release from the Illinois Lottery issued this week. Yurcus matched the first five numbers in the Aug. 22 Powerball drawing. He and his wife, Kathleen, Glen Ellyn residents for 45 years, plan to invest the money and share it with family, including their three children and four grandchildren. They also plan to donate to charities.
presidential faux pas
A hard lesson: $100 isn't Lincoln
A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake. The bills had a picture of President Abraham Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Lincoln's portrait graces the $5 bill. Dana Leland of Central Falls, R.I., was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.
A little too young?
Mom hires exotic dancers for party
Police in New York state said they were looking into allegations that a mother hired strippers to perform at her 16-year-old son's birthday party. South Glen Falls police Chief Kevin Judd and Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III said the mother, whose name was not released, threw a surprise party for her son's 16th birthday Nov. 3 at Spare Time bowling alley, and the event was attended by 80 people, mostly 14- and 15-year-olds.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.
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