It was an exciting weekend in news. Here’s a few of the more interesting articles I ran across:
You have to be desperate, or crazy, or maybe crazy desperate for a home internet connection, to wallow in human feces to get a glimpse of female nudity.
But that’s what 54-year-old Kenneth Enlow did in Sand Springs, Okla. Enlow pleaded guilty and will serve one year in jail and pay a $5,000 fine. Meanwhile, a home internet connection costs $30 a month and probably can provide septic tank peeping Tom fodder, though I am leery of Googling such things here at work.
Enlow was caught by a woman and her daughter when they were visiting a White Water Park restroom and noticed a feces-smeared man peering at them from inside the toilet, reports TV station KJRH.
“It is not something you expect to see whenever you’re wanting to go to the restroom,” said mom Ambra Reynolds.
Enlow, after being rinsed off with a fire hose, told police his girlfriend hit him in the head with a tire iron and dumped him in the septic tank, but his girlfriend is reported to have died “last year.”
His friends told police they were not surprised by the antics of the outhouse peeper.
When I worked downtown, I would often feed pigeons in Centennial Park. It attracted a crowd of bedraggled creatures that generally left a mess.
It was not illegal.
Feeding hungry people in Raleigh, N.C., however, may be.
A church group, Love Wins Ministries, claims its members were threatened with arrest for attempting to hand out biscuits and coffee in Moore Square, an area of town that has been “revitalized.”
The group, much like it has done for six years, brought 100 biscuits to a park and 70 people were waiting in line when police allegedly told them they needed to purchase a permit to conduct humanitarian acts. The cost? $800 per day, or $1,600 each weekend.
That’s a lot of (biscuit) dough.
Despite the word “pig” being in their name, Guinea pigs are not made of pork.
Minnesota TV station WCCO reports at least 81 people were hospitalized after eating the rodents at a Ecuadorian festival in Minneapolis.
The Guinea pig was served by a vendor as part of a traditional Ecuadorian meal.
Many of the people hospitalized tested positive for salmonella poisoning.
A man celebrating a friend’s birthday died while attempting to swim across a crocodile-infested river in Australia.
Experts say it was an unwise choice.
“Someone swimming in an area with crocs like that … crocs are going to zero in on them almost every time,” croc expert Grahame Webb told The Associated Press.
The resort where the party was held has several signs prohibiting swimming. Guests are advised to stay 16 feet from the water because large crocs “lunge” from the water and attempt to drag people in.
A 15-foot, 5-inch croc seen swimming upriver with the body of the man in its mouth was later killed by authorities.
A civil lawsuit seeks $40 million from Donald Trump’s for-profit investment school for allegedly running an “elaborate bait-and-switch,” reports The New York Times.
The school offered a free 90-minute real estate investment seminar that is alleged to have been nothing more than a “sales pitch” about a three-day seminar costing $1,495. This three-day seminar was called a sales pitch for a $35,000 “personal mentorship program.”
The lawsuit alleges Trump did not personally select any instructors or create the curriculum for any courses.
A Trump lawyer said 98 percent of students say they are “extremely satisfied” with the courses.
A measles outbreak in Texas has been traced to a church in Texas, whose pastor has been critical of measles vaccinations, USA Today reports.
Terri Pearsons, of Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, says Vitamin D supplements provide protection against measles and vaccines lead to autism in children.
But most of the 25 people sickened in a recent outbreak of measles in Texas are members of the church, experts say. The outbreak is believed to have began when a church member visited a country where measles remain common.
“This is a sadly misinformed religious leader,” said William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. “This is a classic example of how measles is being reintroduced [to this country].”
The U.S. has twice as many confirmed measles cases in 2013 as in all of 2012. It kills one of every 1,000 people infected.