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12 May 2019: Resist Being BaitedCopyright ©2019

The new note, and a zoom showing the errorCheck the Fine Print: Australia is redesigning its currency, in part to make it harder to counterfeit,which includes “microprinting” on the notes. The Reserve Bank of Australia printed 400 million of its most popular bill, the A$50 (US$35), and over six months about 46 million of them have gone into circulation — with a typo. The microprinting features a few lines from the first floor speech Member of Parliament Edith Cowan, the country’s first female MP. Over and over, it says “It is a great responsibilty to be the only woman here....” The next print run will fix the gaffe. Meanwhile, “Thesebanknotes are legal tender and can continue to be used as normal,” an RBA spokeswoman said. “It does not affect their validity and functionality in any way.” (RC/BBC, CNN) ...Though once they figure out who is responsble, heads will roll.

Living Here Under Allentown: Construction workers at the Walnut Street Commons in Allentown, Pa., heard a man calling for help — from underneath their work trailer. They called the fire department, and firefighters were able to narrow down the man’s location to a storm sewer. They opened a nearby manhole and the man was able to climb out, showing signs of dehydration and exposure. “Sounded like he was down there for some time,” Capt. John Christopher said — “days.” The man was taken toa local hospital for treatment, and Christopher said he was “very reluctant to tell us anything about how he got down there.” (MS/Allentown Morning Call) ...Dehydration in a storm drain? He couldn’t have been that desperate for water yet.

A Superb Issue This Week — the full edition had eight more stories, and the story flow is much better when you have them all. You missed: Legend says eating it is good for health, but they ate it ...and caused more than 100 people to be quarantined. Aussie judge makes ruling that you’ll really scratch your head over. Wait... who was arrested for the “Internet luring of a child”?!? OK, the artificial meat craze is officially getting out of hand. Kentucky is considering acruel new law to kick people when they’re down. Man crashes into police car, points out that the damage isn’t that bad, and besides ...he was drunk. When a Florida Man engages in reckless driving, he does it in style (with photo). And police in Virginia are trying to fight a growing crime problem with limited results. It’s not too late to read the full issue: just ask for your upgrade to start with the 12 May issue. Upgrades start at just $9.

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Call Me the Moment You Hear: Jason Stiber of Westport, Conn., was pulled over by police when the officer saw him talking on the phone while driving. Stilber insists he was not: he had just stopped for breakfast at McDonald’s. “He said he saw me on a cellphone,” Stiber said. “I was thinking he had seen the hash brown,” which he was eating. But he still received a $300 citation after the officer refused to look at the phone’s call log. Stilber proved that he was not on the phone bybringing his cell phone bill to court, which showed no calls at the time in question, but the judge convicted him anyway. Stilber wouldn’t accept that: he appealed to the state Superior Court in Norwalk. He paid a lawyer $1,000 to defend him, but that still would save him money: his car insurance went up $1,000 because of the ticket. He had to wait for a court date, and then the ruling. Almost exactly a year after the incident, the state judge declared Stilber not guilty. (RC/Westport News)...He’ll celebrate with all-he-can-eat hash browns from McDonald’s — but not “to go.”

It’s a Shame: When Warwick, R.I., school officials announced that students who hadn’t paid their lunch debts would get sunflower-seed butter and jelly sandwiches instead of hot meals, restaurateur Angelica Penta was upset. “To me, a sunbutter and jelly sandwich is lunch shaming, because you’re basically telling all the other kids that you can’t afford lunch and you don’t have any lunch money,” she said. Penta offered to donate $4,000 toward students’ lunch debts, but the district, shesaid, turned her away. “They basically said they couldn’t take my check because people would get upset if their child’s lunch was being paid for.” But officials had a different explanation: they weren’t willing to pick and choose which students would benefit from the donation, and Penta had refused to do the choosing. Penta invited parents to ask for her help directly, but after the issue got media attention, yogurt company Chobani said it would donate $77,000 to cover all the debts.(AC/Washington Post, WPRI Providence) ...Food or fairness: which should a school district choose?

I’m Thinking; I’m Thinking! Police in Laredo, Texas, were summoned to a residence after a woman allegedly punched her common-law husband. The victim explained to police what happened to set off Lizeth Guadalupe Ramirez, 20, while they were at the movies: she had asked him if she looked pretty. He didn’t answer, he told police, because he couldn’t hear the question over the loud movie. She insisted that they leave, and she punched him repeatedly as he drove home, police say. Ramirez wascharged with assault and “family violence.” (RC/Laredo Morning Times) ...Let’s just say she’s not all that pretty when wearing orange and white stripes.

Because He’s a Florida Man
Florida Man Explains Why He Buried His Friend in His Backyard
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The Headline of the Week (about why the Florida Man buried his friend) is a crazy tale. Greg Palermo says his friend stayed at his house occasionally, and “He jokingly said that morning while we were fishing that he wouldn’t mind being buried in my backyard because it’s so pretty.” The friend died from a heroin overdose. Later, police came knocking not because they had any clue about the body, but because they suspected Palermo was cooking meth in the home. He denies that, but was sonervous he told the officers about the body. “I did it,” he said. “I made a poor choice, should have called 911.” As of the time of the report, Palermo had not been charged with any crime.

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  • And So Long to naturalist Jim Fowler, co-host of Wild Kingdom, dead at his home in Connecticut on May 8 at 89.
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