Buried in the back pages…

By Renee Tomcanin
November 1, 2001

For the birds

It may seem like something out of a Hitchcock movie. According to Ananova.com, a United Kingdom news source, hundreds of birds in Jatinga, India are confused by the mass suicides of birds.

According to witnesses, the birds appear to go into “a trance-like state before diving to the ground.” Many villagers watch this occurrence at night by flashlight.

Many seem to believe that the light is what draw the birds to their untimely deaths, but orinthologists disagree saying they are just “seeking refuge from fog and high velocity winds that affect the area in October.

[from Ananova.com]

Some like it hot

A judge in Coshocton, Ohio, offered two men an usual sentence rather than going to jail. Coshocton County Municipal Judge David Hostetler sentenced Jason Householder, 23, and John Stockum, 21, to walk around the town dressed as women.

Householder and Stockum were arrested for throwing beer bottles at a woman in a car. On a Friday afternoon, the two paraded around the town in dresses, wigs and makeup. In addition to the drag punishment, each had to pay a $250 fine.

Hostetler is known for offering unorthodox sentences rather than sending his cases to jail. He says he does this mainly because of “overcrowding in the Coshocton County Jail.”

[from Yahoo! News]

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