QUIRKY WORLD ... Can’t always get what you want, but town eyes Stones

USA: A Massachusetts newspaper publisher is asking the Rolling Stones to return to town 50 years after they cut short a show during a thunderstorm, leading fans to rampage.

Ted Grant, publisher of the Daily Item in Lynn, said in an open letter that “a lot has changed” since the band was last in town, on June 24, 1966, and he wants the rockers to finish the set that ended when they left the stage during a storm at the Manning Bowl stadium.

Angry fans broke through barriers, prompting police to use tear gas, and the Rolling Stones pledged never to return to the city, 16km from Boston.

“We ain’t too proud to beg,” said Daily Item chief executive Beth Bresnahan.

The newspaper has reached out to the Stones’ management trying to secure an interview with the band for a story to mark the 50th anniversary of the show.

Richmond pickings

ENGLAND:

Rare and unseen graffiti drawn on prison walls by men who refused to fight in the First World War as they awaited court martial is to be saved from crumbling to dust.

Hundreds of pencil drawings, political slogans, portraits of loved ones, hymns, and poetry on the walls of the 19th century cell block at Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire, will be protected by English Heritage as part of a £365,400 (€464,000) project.

They were made by the ‘Richmond 16’, conscientious objectors including Quakers, Methodists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and socialists.

Escapee back in jail

USA:

A man who escaped from a Georgia prison work camp nearly 48 years ago has been arrested in Connecticut.

The US Marshals Service said Robert Stackowitz was serving a 17-year sentence for robbery in August 1968 when he escaped from the infirmary at Carroll County Prison Work Camp.

A taskforce reviewed the case and found a possible alias for Stackowitz and then found a Connecticut address linked to that name. He is being held in a Connecticut jail, waiting to be transported to Georgia.

Pilfering the plumbing

USA:

Police in Ohio’s capital are searching for a man who has been pilfering plumbing from stores, hospitals, and restaurants.

Dubbed the Bathroom Bandit, Columbus police said he enters various local establishments, visits the men’s restroom, disconnects the plumbing, and leaves with the stolen parts in his backpack.

The businesses not only have to replace the parts, but hire a plumber to repair the man’s toilet tinkering.

Newspaper litter

USA:

A Detroit newspaper is suing a suburb after receiving two littering tickets for delivering a free weekly shopping guide to residents.

Orion Township officials say many residents don’t want the publication, called Select, which arrives in pink plastic bags on porches or driveways. But the Detroit Free Press says the publication is protected by the US Constitution.

The newspaper has filed a lawsuit in federal court to try to stop the township from interfering. It is also seeking millions of dollars in punitive damages.

Dead man walking

USA:

A Lincoln man says he’s not dead, despite what the Social Security Administration has said.

Chuck Zellers learned of his demise in March after his Social Security deposit was removed from his bank account while he and his wife, Alice, were in Arizona.

They talked to a woman at the Social Security office who checked her computer and told him “Oh, by golly, you are dead”, said Zellers.

“She told me it could be a funeral home declared you deceased; or that someone just put in a wrong keystroke or something like that.”


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