Pastor James Marino says officials in San Diego have told him to stop feeding the homeless during July, when Major League Baseball's All-Star Game comes to town.
Shortly after Khaleed al Masri arrived at a CIA prison in Afghanistan, officials figured out they had the wrong man. In fact, al Masri—a German citizen who had been kidnapped for the CIA by the Macedonian police—didn't appear to have any connections to terrorism. But agents continued to hold and question him for months. A recently released report says the CIA refused to release him because it couldn't figure out a way to do so without admitting its mistake.
James Cook University, a public institution in Australia, has censured marine scientist Peter Ridd for "failing to act in a collegial way and in the academic spirit of the university." Ridd's offense? He questioned photos that the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority claim show the health of the reef is deteriorating.
When Derrick Deanda spotted a family trapped in an overturned SUV in California, he stopped his own vehicle, got out, smashed a window on the SUV, and helped the occupants to safety. When paramedics later arrived, they checked Deanda's blood pressure and gave him a bottle of water. He later received a $143 bill from the Cosumnes Community Services District for those services.
A Georgia newspaper publisher and the newspaper's attorney were arrested after filing an open records request seeking three years' worth of canceled checks from Pickens County to two Superior Court judges. The indictment accuses them of trying to "unlawfully appropriate" a judge's banking information.
A Kenyan court has upheld the use of anal exams to determine a person's sexual orientation. "I find no violation of human dignity, right to privacy and right to freedom of the petitioners," Judge Mathew Emukule said.
Following reports of gangs of immigrant men sexually assaulting teenage girls and young women at youth music festivals, Swedish police thought up a way to prevent such attacks: They're passing out wristbands that look like police tape and have printed on them, in Swedish, "Police Line—Do Not Cross #dontgrope."
Bradenton, Florida, police officer Cordario Pruitt resigned after an internal investigation sustained two counts against him. After responding to a complaint of a domestic non-contact order violation, Pruitt did not file paperwork on the incident—but he did return to ask the victim out.
Police in Regina, Saskatchewan, have come up with a nifty way to raise money: They have an undercover officer pose as a homeless person next to an intersection holding a sign. When drivers stop and try to give him money, they have to take off their seat belts to reach across the seat. A few minutes later, another officer pulls the drivers over and hands each a $175 ticket for a seat belt violation.
This article originally appeared in print under the headline "Brickbats".
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