Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

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In England, a blocked ditch sent water flooding through John and Margie Histed's home. They spent eight months and 250,000 [pounds sterling] fixing the place. But more than a year after the flood, they still can't go back in. They can't unblock the ditch because nested inside they've found a great crested newt, which is protected under British and European Union law. No one can legally capture it, kill it, or disturb its habitat.

In Spalding County, Georgia, seventh-grader Darius Allen brought a BB gun onto a school bus. He showed it to friends Alfred Burns and Andre Bussey, who touched it. When school officials found out, they not only expelled Allen but suspended Burns and Bussey for a year and a half.

A U.S. Air National Guard plane was supposed to release a dummy bomb over a practice field in Kansas. Instead, the pilot dropped the 22-pound bomb on an apartment building in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Guard officials didn't realize what had happened until Tulsa police called them the next day.

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A financial consultant and a financial analyst decided to hold a business meeting at Starbucks. No problem. Except they were in Saudi Arabia. And the consultant was a woman. Saudi vice police arrested the woman, took her to jail, strip-searched her, and forced her to confess to being alone with a man.

Seven years ago, a British teenager was raped. She described her attacker as "black, large, and tall. …

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