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February 2, 2015 at 11:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Tiny dog scares off girl’s abductor: “An Atlanta family’s rat terrier may have saved their little girl from being abducted. Jennifer Jones says her daughter was walking the dog before school started Thursday when she was almost snatched. An unidentified man had pulled up next to her and got out of a white pickup truck, grabbing at her wrist. But he didn’t count on the rat terrier’s fierce protection. ‘The victim’s dog bit at his ankle causing him to release her,’ said Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, Yahoo reports. ‘It was at that moment that the victim was able to get away from him.’ The girl later described the man to police, and an investigations forensic sketch artist was able to draw up portrait. Because the man was after children so close to the school, authorities say it is extremely important to find the assailant. The man is said to be black, middle-aged with a medium build, standing about 5 foot ten. He was wearing a royal blue hoodie and dark cap bearing a green symbol, WSB Radio reports.

Female jealousy in Brazil: “A Brazilian beauty contest ended in chaos when the furious runner-up [above] wrenched the crown off the winner’s head, and threw it to the ground moments after the result was announced. As Carolina Toledo, 20, was being crowned Miss Amazon 2015, runner-up Sheislane Hayalla saw red as audience members in Manaus, northern Brazil, captured the amazing scenes on camera. Other participants looked on in horror as the 23-year-old contestant ripped out the tiara, threw it to the ground, pointed an accusing finger at her adversary and insulted her before storming off stage. Distraught organisers rushed to pick up the crown and put it back on law student Carolina’s head as security officials rushed backstage to reach her attacker. The amazing incident took place on Friday night at a convention centre in Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city. On Saturday, Miss Hayalla claimed her rival had bought her way to the title, insisting: ‘Money talks in Manaus and I wanted to show the Amazon people money doesn’t talk here. ‘She didn’t deserve the title.’

Bungling British government lawyers make elementary mistake: “Ministry of Justice officials have been forced to remove ‘terribly wrong’ guidance for disabled people which suggested that suspects had to prove their innocence when accused of a crime. A leading QC condemned the error saying it went against a ‘fundamental’ cornerstone of British law which placed the burden of proof on the prosecution. The simplified guide, which was aimed at those with learning difficulties and a limited grasp of English, used illustrations and text to help people understand the court process. It said: ‘If you say you did not do a crime, you may have to go back to the Court on a different day, to show the Court you did not do the crime. This is called a trial.’ Mukul Chawla QC, who highlighted the error on Twitter, said: ‘What on Earth? Has the Ministry of Justice changed the law on the burden of proof anyone noticing?’ He told The Independent: ‘They’ve got it so terribly wrong here… It’s the most fundamental thing that the burden of proof will always be on the prosecution and if you’re producing an easy-read guide to these proceedings, the last thing you want to do is misrepresent something as basic as that.

Dentist with a glass jaw. Patient who posted bad review of dentist sued for £125,000: “After Allison Dore had an unhappy experience during a trip to the dentist, she did what thousands do as a matter of routine: she posted a negative review on a consumer website. But that decision could cost her dearly because the dental practice has taken the unusual step of suing her for £125,000 damages plus legal costs, saying that her online claims were wrong. The firm’s action has been condemned by the business listings and reviews site Yelp, which says it could have a chilling effect on free speech. ‘Initially I saw a lovely dentist there,’ she says, ‘but I endured a three week wait before they could begin treatment, received treatment plans with the wrong prices and then, when I got toothache on the other side of my jaw, they said they did not do general dentistry.’ ‘Everything I wrote was factual and true. I am a nervous patient who was looking for a long-term private dentist. And I was shocked at how uncaring B Dental were.’ Allison has now taken legal advice and been told the review she wrote was not defamatory.”

McDonald’s to sell signature burger’s ‘special sauce’ — but only in Australia: “If you have ever dreamt of smothering your home-cooked meals in McDonald’s Big Mac sauce – now is your chance as Australians have the exclusive offer of purchasing their own famous burger condiment. Until now, the Big Mac sauce has only been delivered to McDonald’s outlets in sealed canisters and directly dispensed onto the burger using a specially calibrated ‘sauce gun’. But Macca’s fans will need to get in quick because each of the 920 Australian stores only have 600 25ml tubs on offer to take home. Although the magic ingredients for the sauce have never been a secret – it’s the ratio to create distinct flavour that remains a mystery. The sauce is made up of a blend of relish, mustard, onion and garlic, along with other ingredients, which gives it that distinctive sweet and sour taste.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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