Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O'Leary
SEPTEMBER 21, 1998:
Dateline: Thailand--Thailand's supreme military command
announced last Friday that they have dismissed an army officer
who is currently awaiting trial on murder charges. Unfortunately,
this marks the third time that the officer has been relieved of
duty. Police in Bangkok say that the captain has already been
sacked twice. In 1991, the unnamed officer was kicked out of the
army for discipline problems. In 1993, he was kicked out again
for heroin possession. In both cases, the man re-enlisted under
a different name. Military officials promise to review the case.
Dateline: India--The Indian government has asked MTV to
remove the tri-color Indian flag from its onscreen logo because
of certain "derogatory" connotations. The familiar MTV
logo has been cloaked in the orange, white and green colors of
the Indian flag since Aug. 15, India's independence day. Junior
Information and Broadcasting Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said
at a news conference last week that the music channel is using
the flag to give acceptability to "obscene programs."
Naqvi also accused foreign TV stations of "spreading cultural
Dateline: Virginia--The Animal Assistance League of Chesapeake,
Va., is suing Michelle Colonna for failing to spay her dog Boo.
Unfortunately, Boo died a week after Colonna adopted him from
the local animal shelter. The adoption agreement called for Colonna
to have Boo spayed. A contract is a contract, say League officials
who have fined Colonna and her husband $150 for failing to have
Boo fixed. The Colonnas insist that it isn't possible to perform
the operation on their deceased animal. If the Collonas can prove
that their dog is dead, the Animal Assistance League is willing
to drop the $150 fine but is still seeking to recoup $130 in legal
Dateline: California--Kris Teixeira, 37, an evangelical
Christian mother who taught Bible classes, was arrested last week
and is scheduled for mental evaluations after trying to starve
her two daughters to death. According to Teixeira, the "Holy
Spirit" gave her "directions" to do so in the form
of a ringing telephone. Teixeira's daughters, seven and nine,
were locked in a bedroom for three weeks without food. The girls,
who lost 20 percent of their normal weight, have been hospitalized
and are recovering.
Dateline: Florida--Police in Tampa, Fla., have uncovered
three tons of medical waste in the home of a medical waste hauler.
The material--including bloody bandages, used hypodermic needles,
teeth and other biohazards--was found in the home of Gary Barlow,
a hauler for Suncoast Bio-Services. Police, acting on a tip from
one of Barlow's competitors, located 6,447 pounds of hazardous
waste stashed in boxes and in red disposal bags strewn throughout
the Barlow home. Five truckloads were required to haul it all
away. Officials say Barlow was licensed to haul waste from Tampa
area hospitals but acknowledge that his home is not a licensed
biohazard storage site.
Dateline: Kentucky--The township of Newport, Ky., has admitted
that their "Millennium Monument, " which will take the
form of the world's largest carillon bell (a stationary set of
chromatically tuned bells in a tower, usually played with a keyboard),
won't be completed until six months after the big New Year's Eve
bash. Must have something to do with that "Y2K" problem.
--compiled by Devin D. O'Leary