Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Just When a You Thought You Heard It All News (4-19-2014)

Some stories are weird, some stories are sad, and others are just disturbing. But occasionally I come across a narrative so bizarre that it encompasses all three of these elements and then some.

In 1966, when David Reimer was 8 months old, his circumcision was botched and he lost his penis to burns. Psychologist John Money suggested that baby David be given a sex change. The parents agreed, but what they didn’t know was that Money secretly wanted to use David as part of an experiment to prove his views that gender identity was not inborn, but rather determined by nature and upbringing. David was renamed Brenda, surgically altered to have a vagina, and given hormonal supplements — but tragically the experiment backfired. "Brenda" acted like a stereotypical boy throughout childhood, and the Reimer family began to fall apart. At 14, Brenda was told the truth, and decided to go back to being David. He committed suicide at the age of 38.

What is the most you've ever paid for a drink? $2, or $3 maybe? No, I am not talking about drinks at the club. Have you ever paid anywhere near $500 for a Solo cup full of anything? If you happen to be a rap mogul or an NBA player then don't answer that question.

 A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent soft drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket. Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink before without paying.

VA spokeswoman Tonya C. Lobbestael said after reviewing what happened at the Ralph C. Johnson Center in Charleston, officials decided a warning was sufficient.

Lobbestael says the cafeteria at the center has signs posted in the drink machines indicating the cost of refills. Failing to pay for the refills is considered shoplifting.

Calling all cars. This is an all points bulletin. Be on the look out for a teenager with a bright yellow squirt gun. He has the potential to do extreme damage and bodily harm by using H2O as a weapon!

 A 10th-grader in Maine has been suspended for 10 days for having a bright yellow water gun.

The teen was suspended in accordance with Lewiston High School policy after the toy fell out of his backpack. The student wasn't identified.

School Superintendent Bill Webster is quoted as saying the that the suspension could be reduced and that administrators "will work to balance the discipline with the facts of the case."

He also says that water pistols, even the ones that don't look like guns, can be disruptive. 

Webster later announced that the wet t-shirt contest in the quad scheduled for 8th period was cancelled!

Across the country, schools are grappling with the issue of how to handle weapons, both real and fake. Some students have been suspended simply for pointing their fingers in the shape of a gun.

There is now a bill before Congress seeking a ban on imaginary bullets.


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