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Jeepers Creepers He’s Got Some Peepers: Pharmacist Johnny Chan, 34, was charged with 71 counts of invasion of privacy, including one involving a minor, after allegedly planting a hidden camera in an employee restroom in a laboratory operated by Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore. The healthcare organization fired him. While out on bail, Chan was arrested again on 27 more counts after investigators say Chan also used a camera on his shoe to record “upskirt” images of women who sat atdesks near him; his bail was raised to $2 million. While out on bail, Chan got a job at a Banana Republic clothing store. A police officer investigating the previous cases visited the store — and found a hidden camera in an employee restroom. Chan, who still lives with his parents, was arrested yet again, fired again, and faces another 27 counts in that case, including one involving a minor. Chan’s bail was raised to $4 million. When investigators asked Chan if he viewed commercial adult movies,he said no — “because that would be weird.” (RC/KATU Portland) ...Because the people in those videos know they’re being recorded.

Looks Are Everything: “I got this notice on my car saying that they were gonna tow my car tomorrow,” said Sontlux Sukhavachana. The notice is from the Biltmore Apartments in Dallas, Texas, where he lives. Ohio-based Fath Properties, which owns the apartment complex, explained that their policy is to remove tenants’ cars that have any dents or flaws in them. “We understand that your automobile is a personal item,” the policy says, “however, we believe that a car that is not wellmaintained detracts from the overall appearance of our customer’s [sic] home.” Sukhavachana says the cost of repairing the single dent in his car would make it so he couldn’t afford rent the next month. Several online reviews of the property claim the company doesn’t do proper maintenance, and are illustrated with photos of mold, water damage, and other issues. “They seem to hold tenants to a much higher standard than they hold themselves,” said Sandy Rollins, executive director of theTexas Tenants’ Union. (MS/KTVT Dallas) ...So if the tenants lived in their cars, it would be a step up.

Giving upGoing on a Trip: When Terri L. Downs-Hayes, 43, didn’t show up in court to answer felony weapons and drug charges, warrants were issued for her arrest. The WestmorelandCounty (Pa.) Sheriff’s Department got a tip that she was hiding in a house in Rostraver. The people inside refused to open the door, which “had been fortified with 2-by-4 [wooden] beams,” the department said, so they forced the door and went in. Three people inside gave “conflicting accounts” of Downs-Hayes’ whereabouts, so the deputies searched the home. “The search of the residence eventually focused on a rear bedroom closet that was being guarded by two pitbulls,” the department said. Aftersafely “removing” the dogs, they found a suitcase in the closet. When they unzipped it, two hands popped out: Downs-Hayes was inside, but surrendered. Investigators are “considering” charges against the three other people in the home for “hindering apprehension of a fugitive.” (RC/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ...Alert the pitbulls!

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More than Double the Stories: This week, you missed eight, including the woman whose car was towed after city workers up up “no parking” signs by her car. Florida woman drove 225 to beat up the man she didn’t approve of for her adult daughter (and then it gets weird). Woman accidentally confesses to being a poacher a game warden. A crazy she-said, she-said fight. University says students are enthusiastic about a new class ...about marijuana. Illegal gaming operation bustedeven though part of their front was a church(?!) Lighting a match is “a very tried and true method of finding [leaking] gas [but] it is not a very good method.” The weird part of a Florida jail story isn’t that guards were giving an inmate “special treatment,” but why. You can still read all of these stories: just ask for your upgrade to start with the 13 January edition — and you can upgrade for as little as$9.

Office Food a la Florida: A smashed window alerted employees that someone had broken into their workplace, near its kitchen. This did not go uninvestigated: the workplace, after all, is a Boynton Beach, Fla., police substation. It appeared that two meals had been taken from the fridge, and one had been microwaved and eaten at the scene. An investigator found a wallet with Yvelande Jean-Pierre’s state-issued security officer card. Jean-Pierre said she’d lost her wallet and had not goneto Boynton Beach. But she did have her cell phone, and she agreed to let officers examine it. Data showed the device had been near the substation shortly before the break-in. Jean-Pierre was charged. (AC/WPTV West Palm Beach) ...Unfortunately for her, so was her cell phone, but her brain was not.

Mmmm... Cake! A multi-alarm fire at a Conagra plant in Centralia, Ill., that makes Duncan Hines cake mixes was sparked by a shorted-out fan, says Centralia Fire Capt. Michael Calabrese. The heavy response apparently kept the place from burning down. “Cocoa residue” had been ignited by the fan, Calabrese said. “Cocoa ignites so quickly. It’s just like powder.” No one was injured, he said, and it’s not the first time they’ve responded to the plant for such a fire. “They are dirty, nastyfires,” he said. (RC/Bellevue News-Democrat) ...Fire hoses: the secret to “Moistfully Good.”

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This Week’s Uncommon Sense Podcast: a story about a dog. Dogs may or may not have Uncommon Sense, but how its owner reacts to a dog might be an interesting indicator of their thinking ability. You’ll get what I mean pretty quickly.

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Also, the Tech Enthusiast Hour is back after a holiday hiatus; I’m a co-host on that show, where 3-4 nerds get together to chat about what we find interesting in Tech that week. We were often getting together to talk anyway, so why not record it and let others listen in? On my agenda this week: the Earth’s magnetic field is so “erratic” recently, there has to be an “emergency update” to GPS systems to compensate. (But...!) As with Uncommon Sense,that show can be streamed from its Show Page if you don’t want to deal with a podcast app.

Ten Years Ago in True: Britain’s National Health Service is “deeply sorry” for the Bad News, Good News, And....

Today on Randy’s Random: Knowing Your Left from Your Right when it comes to politics.

This Week’s Honorary Unsubscribe goes to Lester Wunderman. After working for other people for awhile, Wunderman decided he had a different (and better!) way to do things in his line of business — and it affects you.

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