Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: Take It Off

Jovani Carlo Gorospe / Dreamstime.comGerman Justice Minister Heiko Maas says the government is drafting laws that could fine social media companies up to $53 million if they don’t remove slanderous or threatening posts within 24 hours. In addition, the law would allow a company’s top representative in Germany to be fined personally up to $5.3 […]

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Brickbat: Fishing Expedition

Prykhodov / Dreamstime.comA judge in Minnesota has signed a warrant demanding that Google turn over information on everyone who searched for the name of an Edina resident or any variation of that person’s name between Dec. 1 and Jan. 7. Police say they believe someone might have used Google to find a photo of that […]

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Brickbat: But the Coyote Is Still Alive

Warner BrothersA cyanide bomb planted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a 14-year-old Idaho boy to the hospital and killed his dog. The devices are used to kill coyotes and other predators. The USDA is supposed to put signs up around them, but both the boy and the local sheriff say there were no […]

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Brickbat: Beastly

The Russian government has barred children under 16 from seeing the new version of Beauty and the Beast because it has a gay character. Russian law bars what it calls gay propaganda aimed at minors.

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Brickbat: Harboring a Fugitive

When Iryna Nohai had stomach cramps, she went to a doctor who discovered she was pregnant. And since she was living in the United Arab Emirates, the doctor also reported to police she’d been having sex outside of marriage, which is illegal in the country. Both Nohai and her fiancee were detained and have been […]

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Brickbat: Too Soon?

Constantin Opris / Dreamstime.comAfter Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that legalized Sunday liquor sales, liquor-store owner Jim Surdyk emailed customers to say he’d be open on Sunday. OK, the law doesn’t take effect until July 2, but Surdyk figured if the legislature and the governor are all in favor of Sunday […]

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Brickbat: Where’s the Beef?

STEPHEN SHAVER/UPI/NewscomIowa State. Sen Mark Calgren has changed his official biography after reporters began asking for documentation that he received a business management degree from the Forbco Management school. It turns out that school was a training program for employees run by a company that ran Sizzler restaurants, and he received a certificate from the […]

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Brickbat: Thrown for a Loop

Jose Gil / Dreamstime.comFor almost a decade, Montreal has hosted the Canadian championship in Brazilian jiu jitsu. But organizers had to cancel this year’s tournament at the last minute after cops told them it would violate a Canadian law that says that only combat sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee are legal. The police […]

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