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Woman thought to have attempted suicide wakes from coma, denies jumping from boat, may have been pushed

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Laura Stuardo of Turin, Italy has been in a coma since July 19 after it was thought that she attempted suicide by jumping off a cruise ship. She's just woken up and insists she didn't jump, leading police to launch an attempted murder investigation.

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Police return woman's stolen car but forget to remove drugs and weapons

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Courtney Pickering of Calgary, Canada was thrilled that police retrieved her stolen car but surprised to find a bag of cocaine, crack pipe, knife, lead pipe, and a gun that the thieves left inside.

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Teenager faked pregnancy with FakeABaby.com products

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FakeABaby.com deals in faked ultrasound images, pregnant belly prosthetics, and other materials. One customer was a Wyandotte, Michigan 16-year-old who managed to trick her relatives, charitable folks, and her boyfriend, also 16, who thought he was about to be a father of triplets and says he "started looking for jobs the best I could."

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Judge gives free pass to elderly man who solicited prostitute

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Howard Arthur Klein, 87, was nabbed in Grand rapids, Michigan for soliciting a prostitute. Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth decided not to pursue the matter, saying, "He wouldn't and shouldn't go to jail and 87 years without involvement in the criminal justice system has, in my opinion, earned him a pass."

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Man jailed four months for "meth" that was epsom salt

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While an Australian man cooled his heels in jail for 16 weeks, forensics took their sweet time in determining the "ice" he was busted for was epsom salt.

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Have you seen the Portland Pooper?

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This gentleman is the Portland Pooper who has been dropping deuces outside of a Southeast Portland office throughout the month. A disgusted business owner caught him in the act with a surveillance camera and posted flyers that he hopes will bring the culprit to justice. If they catch him, the Pooper could face "offensive littering charges."

“I find it interesting that he has toilet paper with him, it’s very pre-planned,” Catrina Salazar, who works nearby at Phix Hair Studio, told KOIN 6 News. “You just don’t really know what to expect around here. People, they like do their own thing, they kind of march to the beat of their own drum.”

Reporter and cameraman murdered by gunman live on air; shot self when cornered by cops

55ddca24cd902.imageWDBJ-TV Reporter Alison Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, director of the local Chamber of Commerce, when gunshots rang out at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, Virginia. Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were killed.

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Cops: Helpful burglar reported lit stove in victim's home to 911

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Mary Smith was looking for prescription medicine and cigarette filters in a neighbor's home when she noticed the stove was going, so she made the neighborly decision to report the fire hazard to 911.

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Watch: fake $50 bill revealed to be a $10 bill

It appears that someone put decals on this $10 bill to pass it off as a $50. I'm sure most marks wouldn't notice that Hamilton's face is on the bill when it should be Grant, especially in another country where the currency is less familiar.

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Prosecutors accuse fired Subway spokesman Jared Fogle of paying to have sex with minors

444821-67886 It's not just about child pornography found on his computer, possession of which he reportedly will admit to in court.

From the AP wire:

Federal prosecutors have released documents accusing longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of engaging in sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography. Documents released Wednesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis say the 37-year-old Fogle faces one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography.… Among the allegations in the document are that Fogle traveled to New York City to pay for sex acts with minors while he stayed in upscale hotels…

Fogle's computers and other gear were snatched by prosecutors on a recent raid at his home in Zionsville, Indiana. The raid followed the arrest of Russell Taylor, the director of The Jared Foundation, Fogle's childhood obesity charity, on child pornography charges. Fogle fired Taylor and said he was shocked by the allegations.

Subway, for whom Fogle became a spokesman after losing 200 pounds eating their sandwiches, confirmed Tuesday that he is no longer employed by them. No mention of the 15-year relationship can be found on their website.

Business Insider obtained an affidavit detailing the charges. Hayley Peterson:

According to the affidavit obtained by Business Insider, Fogle asked the former Subway franchisee in May 2008 to set up a meeting for him with her cousin. The cousin was underage at the time, according to the woman's lawyer. … Earlier, in April, according to the affidavit, Fogle asked the woman, "How young would you like?... Would you want to have an adventure like that?" …

Florida ABC affiliate WWSB reported: "According to the woman, Jared would often visit schools in Sarasota County, and allegedly told her numerous times that, 'Middle school girls are hot.'"

Subway may have ignored private reports of his interest in underage sexual partners:

The woman also contacted Subway's corporate office regarding the issue, and she requested that Subway allow her to remove all marketing related to Fogle from her store, according to the lawyer.

She met with two levels of management, shared the messages with them, "and specifically requested not to have his imagery and merchandising related to him in her stores," the lawyer said. "She also specifically warned them that he should not be interacting with young people."

Subway continued to use Fogle in national advertising campaigns until the FBI raid on his home earlier this month.When reached for comment, Subway said, "We have no record of this allegation."

400 "illegal" videos were reportedly found in his possession; his attorney, Ron Elberger, said that the child sex allegations are "a fabrication that lacks credibility."

Millionaire fined after using children's gravestones to build a patio

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Today in 1% villainy: UK property developer Kim Davies broke a bunch of laws when he used children's gravestones from a derelict church he owned to build an illegal patio at a historic home.

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Gentleman attempts to use rattlesnake as weapon

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Nathaniel Buck Harrison of Oracle, Arizona sought vengeance against a foe by hitting him on the head with a board and then attempting to sic a rattlesnake on him. Apparently, the snake declined to participate.

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Robber with sword meets cashier with bigger sword

"When would-be robbers armed with a sword storm a Pittsburgh convenience store, the cashier pulls a bigger sword of his own."

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Woman fined for posting photo of police car illegally parked in handicap spot

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A woman in Petrer, Spain posted a photo on Facebook of a police car illegally parked in a handicap spot. She was subsequently fined almost €800 (~US$886) under the Citizens Security Law, aka the "gagging law," that prohibits "the unauthorised use of images of police officers that might jeopardise their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations."

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"My eagerness to try on the straitjacket overruled the little common sense I had"

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Andrew Mayne is a magician, author, and TV show host. He's also coming to our Weekend of Wonder (September 18-20) to teach us all how to escape from a straitjacket. Andrew just wrote an intense true story for The Life Sentence about the time he was seventeen and invited an adult man who was selling a used straitjacket to come to his house so Andrew could try it out and possibly buy it. His parents weren't home at the time, and when Andrew was strapped in and helpless, he had an "Oh shit" moment:

I was unaware of the “handcuff tricks” employed by Corll and Gacy when I was being strapped by a stranger into a straitjacket, a restraint that made me extremely vulnerable.

“This came from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital,” the man explained as he yanked on the leather buckles, cinching them tight around me. “That’s where John Hinkley, Jr., the guy who shot Reagan, is held.

“One more strap.” I couldn’t feel my arms. “They’ve got lots of serial killers there. You ever heard of William Minor?”

“No … Was he a killer?” I nervously asked while trying to see if there was any slack at all in the jacket.

“No. He helped write the dictionary while he was there. Ended up cutting his own dick off because he had bad thoughts about children.”

“Huh … ” I replied, attempting to slide one numb arm under the other.

“Can you get out?” the man asked.

Could I get out?

Because I’m writing this years later, we can all deduce that I wasn’t murdered that day. Much later on, when performing escape acts, I came up with a line about finding a love letter to Jodie Foster in the sleeve. But back then, securely fastened inside a device legally considered cruel and unusual punishment, I didn’t have the certainty of knowing I’d somehow find my way free. My sheer stupidity quickly dawned on me as the man asked me that question. In that moment, I resolved two things. The first was that if he came near me, I would do everything I could to inflict as much bodily damage upon him as possible. The second was that I would never, ever put myself in a similar situation if I could help it.

Read the rest of this essay here. Buy the way, besides teaching attendees how to get out of a straitjacket, everyone who comes to Weekend of Wonder will get a free copy of Andrew's latest novel Name of the Devil, which features a magician-turned-FBI agent named Jessica Blackwood.

Register here to join us at Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder.

Who is this man? Grainy footage could solve $500m art heist

Even by the standards of 25-year-old security video, it's grainy and indistinct. But if someone can identify the man visiting Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, federal investigators could solve a $500m art theft that's kept them in the dark for decades.

Despite being one of the most epic heists in history, the statute of limitations has long passed. The culprits will not face prosecution.

Storm-on-the-SeaBut investigators hope that given this immunity, they can help track down the art they stole decades ago—or give it up, if they were never able to offload it.

The video's mystery man, seen being given midnight rear-entry access to the Museum by a security guard on March 17, 1990, appears to be in his 60s. A day later, two men wearing police uniformes were admitted in the early hours of the morning. They duct-taped guards inside to their chairs, then sacked the museum, taking half a billion dollars worth of artwork in one of the most audacious crimes in art history.

Among the works stolen were "The Concert" by Vermeer, and "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt. The footage was released by the FBI on August 6, 2015.

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Police recently turned up pressure on someone long-believed to be involved in the case: Robert Gentile, 79, who was found to own cop outfits and and a list of the stolen art, is being prosecuted on gun charges. In April, the New York Times reported that he was caught on tape boasting about having access to the stolen works.

But to federal investigators, Mr. Gentile may be the last living person who can lead them to the masterpieces taken in the largest art heist in American history — an enduring whodunit pulled off 25 years ago at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

In a conversation last year with a confidential informant wearing a recording device, the authorities say, Mr. Gentile boasted that he had access to two of the paintings snatched from the museum, one of them a Rembrandt, and could arrange a sale for $500,000 or more.

Drone drug delivery at prison spurs yard fight

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A drone dropped a package of marijuana, heroin, and tobacco into the recreation yard at Ohio's Mansfield Correctional Institution igniting a big brawl over the contraband. Just wait until drone drug delivery is free with Amazon Prime!

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