"Sheriff’s officers toting assault rifles are out seeking and killing exotic wild animals that escaped from wild animal game preserve in Zanesville, Ohio. By Wednesday morning officers in the rural, eastern Ohio area had already killed dozens of animals that escaped from a wild-animal preserve – the Muskingum County Animal Farm – and where the owner's body later was found. Employees from the Columbus Zoo also went to the farm hoping to tranquilize and capture the animals…. The county Sheriff Matt Lutz described them as 'wild animals that you would see on TV in Africa.' They include lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, camels and bears."
This witness will clearly be the smartest thing in the room: "A fetus has been scheduled as a legislative witness in Ohio on a unique bill that proposes outlawing abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected." [Via]
Now households spend (in the suburbs) 1/4 of their income on transportation or (in the cities) more than 1/10th. This is, in many ways, where everything went wrong, writes Christopher Leinberger in The Atlantic: "In the early 20th century, every town of more than 5,000 people was served by streetcars, even though real household income was one-third what it is today. A hundred years ago, the average household spent only 5 percent of its income on transportation. How did the country afford that extensive rail system? Real-estate developers, sometimes aided by electric utilities, not only built the systems but paid rent to the cities for the rights-of-way."
It's a sacred right of the states, guaranteed by the Constitution, that at its whim it can put you down like a cat that scratches someone's baby too many times. But some states can't even handle that God-given responsibility! Like Ohio, which tried for two hours to find a vein in Romell Broom and then finally gave up. This unfortunate event points out a major flaw in the death penalty: why are we trying to kill people by giving them drugs? Really we should drag them out in the town square and have cloaked virgins flay them with their fingernails and pull them limb from limb. Or maybe [...]