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1997 Stories by Chuck Shepherd

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  • News of the Weird

    published December 25, 1997

    Lead Story *Allegheny High School in Clifton Forge, Virginia (which is seventeen percent black), suspended two boys and a girl (all white)... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published December 18, 1997

    Lead Stories *In November Denver school board candidate Lee McClendon lost his race despite a vigorous campaign promising to improve kids'... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published December 11, 1997

    Lead Stories *Kenneth Curtis, age 32, was arrested in November in Hartford, Connecticut; state prosecutors will again attempt to bring him... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published December 4, 1997

    Lead Stories *In September Michael F. Schmitz, age 45, serving two years in the Kentucky State Reformatory for drunk driving, filed a $1.9... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published November 27, 1997

    Lead Stories *In December 1996 Phillip Johnson, then age 32, of Johnson Bottom, Kentucky, shot himself in the left shoulder with his... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published November 20, 1997

    Lead Stories *According to an October Reuters news report, a man who mooned German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in a political protest two years... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published November 13, 1997

    Lead Story *In September in Columbus, Ohio, Peter "Commander Pedro" Langan was convicted of federal assault and gun charges for a 1996... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published November 6, 1997

    Lead Stories *New York City special-effects artist Matt McMullen, age 28, has been offering on the Internet his life-size, authentically... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published October 30, 1997

    Lead Stories *According to an October communique from the North Korean Communist Party, "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il, age 55, has been... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published October 23, 1997

    Lead Stories *The University of Minnesota is seeking more "specialists" to work on its three-year, $390,000 program to establish an "odor... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published October 16, 1997

    Lead Stories *In July a group of lawyers and state legislators petitioned the Illinois Supreme Court to halt all executions immediately and... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published October 9, 1997

    Lead Stories *In September a judge in Santa Monica, California, ruled that test-tube baby Jaycee Louise Buzzanca, age two, has no legal... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published October 2, 1997

    Lead Stories *One of four annual Pennsylvania rattlesnake-bagging tournaments was held in Curwensville in June. (Amateurs in teams of two... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published September 25, 1997

    Lead Stories *Environmentalist blues: The August fire that burned through 700 acres in the Angeles National Forest near Los Angeles was... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published September 18, 1997

    Lead Stories *Extreme political protest: At the Eugene, Oregon, city council meeting on August 6, an unidentified man who had been sitting... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published September 11, 1997

    Lead Stories *An official at a community health clinic in Rimouski, Quebec, issued a warning in July about the growing numbers of local... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published September 4, 1997

    Lead Stories *In July a judge in Doncaster, England, released suspect Martin Kamara, age 43, a black man who had been accused of... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published August 28, 1997

    Lead Story *In a kidnapping trial in San Mateo, California, in July, the eleven-year-old victim was asked to identify the man who had ... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published August 21, 1997

    Lead Stories *In July a St. Paul, Minnesota, jury acquitted the well-to-do Gerald and Judy Dick and an adult daughter of all but one of the... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published August 14, 1997

    Lead Stories *In April DSC Communications of Plano, Texas, filed a lawsuit against ex-employee Evan Brown to force him to surrender a... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published August 7, 1997

    Lead Stories *In July British Labor Party politician Ken Brookman, age 54, was fined $1500 for picking a fight with a man on a train near... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published July 31, 1997

    Lead Stories *Explaining his June no vote in the California legislature on a bill to ban discrimination against gays, assemblyman-rancher... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published July 24, 1997

    Lead Stories *It took 26 years, but in June former inmate Frank Smith, age 64, became the first person to win damages related to the deadly... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published July 17, 1997

    Lead Stories *At a May hearing, the Ohio state medical board began considering whether to discipline Toledo pediatrician Gary F. Gladieux,... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published July 10, 1997

    Lead Stories *A California pro-prostitution organization called the National Sexual Rights Council began a fundraising appeal in April for... More >>

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