A heaping helping of links to make you happy, make you think and make you lose faith in humanity.
- A few months old, but worth a look: The Sun Sentinel finds that, since 2004, Florida police officers exceeding the speed limit have caused at least 320 crashes and 19 deaths. Only one officer went to jail — for 60 days.
- A Massachusetts police captain who admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to prove he was guilty of leading Saugus cops on a drunken late-night chase could be back patrolling Bay State highways in days after a judge gave him a break.
- Prostitutes in New Zealand have destroyed over 40 parking sign poles by using them for their customer-enticing outdoor pole dancing routines.
- Some 7-Elevens are now featuring a Slurpee-type machine that dispenses mashed potatoes and gravy. Tasty. And gross.
- In case you missed it: 21 idiots were treated for burns after a firewalk at a Tony Robbins appearance.
- New Jersey does something right: Garden State judges now must tell jurors before deliberations that eyewitness identifications aren’t necessarily reliable.
- A kid shot at a cab driver – after paying the fare. Here’s a tip to criminals: If you’re going to shoot at someone, there’s no need to worry about paying him first.
- Federal efforts to remove jargon from government documents and make them easier to understand isn’t going so well, according to the Center for Plain Language.
- Shameless self-promotion: Chattanooga’s electric company got some stimulus cash to build a state of the art power grid. It was supposed to cost $220 million, but actually cost $552 million. Oops.