Political dirty tricks? 400 gnomes missing in Austria

Written by The AP Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:48

A leading Austrian political party issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning.

Placed by the Socialist Party ahead of elections in western Austria, the gnomes were hung about 3 yards from the ground — presumably in part to prevent mass pilfering.

Drug supplier to 'Monsignor Meth' sentenced to 5 years

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:25

A woman who authorities say helped supply nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine to a drug operation in Connecticut run by a Catholic priest dubbed "Monsignor Meth" has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports that 49-year-old Kristen Laschober, of Laguna Niguel, California, was sentenced on Aug. 20 in federal court in Hartford.

News with a twist from Wisconsin and beyond

Written by Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff,
Staff writers
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:17

New from Funzee.

Funzee with onesies

Michael Jackson's hometown to name school for him

Written by The AP Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:06

Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Midwestern hometown.

The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district "seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education."

SAY ‘BANANA’… and more WiGWaggish news

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:39

Who gets the credit? British photographer David Slater or the macaque?

British photographer David Slater wants Wikipedia to take down a series of photos that a crested black macaque took of itself in 2011. Wikipedia’s editors are refusing, saying the photo is in the public domain because Slater was clearly not the photographer, and monkeys, while clearly Instagram stars in the making, can’t own a copyright.

Spanish police arrest woman smuggling cocaine in her breast implants

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:27

Spanish police say they have arrested a woman who landed at Madrid’s international airport with 1.7 kilos (3.7 pounds) of cocaine hidden in her breast implants.

Florida man arrested for predatory towing of cars at Gay Days

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 04:52

Authorities have arrested a man they say illegally towed cars during the 2014 Gay Days celebration in Orlando, Florida.

Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 and June 9. The annual festivities draw tens of thousands to the area. The arrest came after numerous complaints that Combs' ASAP Towing company targeted victims based on their sexual orientation.

WiGWag: Potty training, doubling back on Trek and more news with a twist

Written by Lisa Neff
and Louis Weisberg,
Staff writers
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:29

Potty Training

Only a faucet company would think to put a spigot on its workers’ bladders. The five dozen factory workers at WaterSaver Faucet company in Chicago are up in arms over the disciplining of 19 workers in June for “excessive use” of restrooms — an amount their human resources department determines is 60 minutes or more over 10 work days, or just 6 minutes a day. The company implemented a toilet-tracking system earlier this year that requires employees to swipe a keycard to use the bathroom, allowing management to track time spent within.

Mormon school removes Hallmark's same-sex wedding cards

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:26

Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore on Aug. 19.

Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrating unions between two brides and two grooms, BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said.

Court: Transgender man can keep pursuing divorce

Written by the Associated Press Friday, 15 August 2014 08:56

A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

Sarah Palin launches subscription-based online 'channel'

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 28 July 2014 10:41

Right-wing commentator Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on July 27, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page.

Pit bull saves deaf boy's life

Written by AP Saturday, 19 July 2014 17:16

Skylar and Sabrina (above) apparently never got the memo about pit bulls being ferocious. -Photo: mnn.com

A pit bull named Ace is being hailed as a hero for licking the face of a sleeping, deaf 13-year-old Indianapolis boy to alert him that the house was on fire.