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Brickbat: Nice

Six Czech tourists were arrested and fined $67 in Kazakhstan after posing for photos in public wearing nothing but the mankini swimsuit made famous by the movie “Borat.” They were charged with indecent appearance.

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Brickbats: The Wheels of Justice

Hin255/DreamstimeKevin Smith spent almost eight years in a New Orleans jail awaiting trial for possession of crack cocaine. He never did get a hearing on that charge. But the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal earlier this year ruled that the multiple delays had violated his right to a speedy trial.

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Brickbat: Helping the Children

Die4kids/Wikimedia CommonsA Polk County, Florida, school bus attendant has been charged with child abuse after striking and violently shaking a special needs student. The sheriff’s office says video shows Brenda Nelson hitting the girl, who was strapped down by a harness, and grabbing her by the hair and shaking her head back and forth and […]

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Brickbat: For Services Rendered

Ryan Mackay / DreamstimeWhen drivers get into an accident in Newburgh Heights, Ohio, the city bills them or their insurance company hundreds of dollars for police services, even if the cops never respond. And the city continues to send them bills until they pay. It’s all quite official looking, and there’s no indication that there’s […]

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Brickbat: This Will Send Your Blood Pressure Soaring

Nikola Fific / DreamstimeThe Toledo, Ohio, SWAT team raided Alfred Miller’s home, killing his two dogs and doing thousands of dollars worth of damage. They seized just one pill, for high blood pressure. The name on the search warrant was Joe McDuffey. Miller says he doesn’t know who that is. Cops will only say this […]

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Brickbat: Bullet to the Head

Kopitinphoto / DreamstimeIn Georgia, Rockdale County Public Schools has fired physics teacher Paul Hagan after he was caught on video apparently threatening a student in class. “If you screw with me, you’re going to be in big ass trouble,” he says in the video. “Don’t smile at me, man. That’s how people like you get […]

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Brickbat: From the Farmhouse to the Outhouse

David Maung/EFE/NewscomOfficials at Troy University, a state school in Alabama, have punished members of the FarmHouse fraternity for a skit in which frat members playing Donald Trump and Border Patrol agents chased a Mexican immigrant over a wall. Members of the fraternity were ordered to complete “education and training on the importance of unity, respect […]

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Brickbat: Aid and Comfort

Ginasanders / DreamstimeA South Korean court has fined Park Yu-ha, a professor at Sejong University, $8,900 for defaming comfort women, those women who worked at Japanese military brothels during World War II. In her book The Comfort Women of the Empire, Park suggested that some of the women may have willingly prostituted themselves and were […]

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Brickbat: No Excuses

Rafael Ben Ari / DreamstimeLacey-Jai Stokes, 7, has brachial palsy and recently had surgery that required doctors to break her collarbone and shoulder. When she went back to school at England’s Smiths Wood Primary Academy, her mother had to modify some of her clothes to accommodate her body cast. But when they got to school, […]

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Brickbat: Banned in China

Djedzura | DreamstimeOfficials in three Chinese provinces have expelled about a thousand South Korean missionaries and pastors and closed down their churches. They gave no reason for the crackdown but new tougher regulation of religious activities is scheduled to take effect next year.

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