Weekly News Wrapup - Obesity, Crooked Developers and Oil

Japan Outlaws Obesity - The Japanese government passed a law that states that people from the ages of 40 to 74 shall have their waistline measured during their regular checkups. If the person's waist exceeds 33.5 inches (35.4 if they're a woman) then they will be subject to three months of dieting guidance. I guess sumo wrestlers are exempt from this law.

Another Developer Bites The Dust - Reynaldo Diaz received housing money from the county to develop affordable housing. He pocketed the money instead. He was sentenced to three years probation and 326 days of work with Habitat for Humanity. Despite the fact that he has returned the nearly 1 million dollars he kept, he still got off damn easy (especially when you consider he was facing 30 years in prison).

Chavez Predicts $200 Per Barrel of Crude - As if it wasn't bad enough that oil prices continue to sky rocket, the world's fifth largest supplier of oil predicts that this isn't going to end any time soon. Just months ago we would have said he was insane, now we still say he is insane but the prediction may not be that far off. -- Elvis Ramirez

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