Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

Magazine article Reason

Brickbats

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Illinois Lottery officials say they don't have the legal authority to pay their big winners right now because the state legislature hasn't passed a budget yet. They do, however, apparently have the authority to continue to sell lottery tickets

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has taken Officer Matthew Zagursky off the street and confiscated his weapon. Zagursky was caught on video telling a driver he would have his vehicle towed if the driver didn't buy tickets to a police union fundraiser.

The Israeli government has ruled that Heinz must call its ketchup "tomato seasoning." Acting on a complaint from a local competitor, the government ruled that Heinz doesn't have enough tomato concentrate to be labeled ketchup under Israeli law.

Police in Leicestershire, England, refused to fully investigate burglaries in homes with odd-numbered street addresses for three months. They say the move was a cost-cutting measure that had no impact on crime rates or public satisfaction. Officials are now reviewing the experiment and say they may roll it out to the entire West Midlands area.

Some professors at Washington State University have told students they will be punished, perhaps even failed, for using "oppressive and hateful language," including the term "illegal alien." And at least one professor has told white students he expects them to "defer" to nonwhite students in class.

The British Information Commissioner's office has ordered Google to

remove nine stories about a "right to be forgotten" ruling from its search results. …

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