Andrew J. Hewett

Saturday, February 14, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1120)



WELL, GUESS WHAT?
After a South Carolina black boy, George Stinney, age 14, was convicted of murdering two white girls, he was executed in an electric chair in 1944. Now, over 70 years later, a judge has thrown out the conviction, saying it was a great injustice. The entire occurrence, after a one-day trial, was completed in three months without an appeal. He was the youngest executed in the US in the 20th century. (The AP, 12-18-14)    
FREE “GRITS” WITH EACH ORDER
A video taken outside the Lucky River Chinese restaurant in San Francisco in November 2014, recorded an employee banging large slabs of frozen meat on the sidewalk to speed defrost. A reporter later investigating the sidewalk for KPIX-TV found it covered with blackened chewing gum, cigarette butts and dirty foot-prints. The manager claims that employee has been fired. (KPIX-TV/San Francisco, 12-1-14)
ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
Mark DeFriest, 19, stole tools he was about to inherit anyway from his dead father, and went to jail. From there, instead of serving his sentence, DeFriest escaped and was sentenced to more time. In all, he attempted to ‘leave’ 13 times and was successful 7 of those times. Each offense added more time to his sentence. Now, at age 54, he is still in jail with nearly 400 disciplinary reports on file. (The AP, 12-18-14)

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