QUIRKY WORLD ... Man killed his stepfather with an ‘atomic wedgie’

USA: An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for asphyxiating his stepfather with the underwear he was wearing in a move police dubbed an ‘atomic wedgie’.

Brad Davis, aged 34, who pleaded guilty, faces 4-35 years in prison for the death of Denver St Clair, aged 58, in December 2013 in McLoud, east of Oklahoma City. Sentencing is scheduled for July.

Davis pulled St Clair’s underwear over his head and around his neck, where the elastic band left ligature marks, police said. The cause of death was blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, according to the pathologist.

The two men had been drinking the night of the incident, which took place at the older man’s residence. They got into a fight when Davis claimed St Clair began speaking ill about Davis’s mother, who is St Clair’s wife.

Davis never intended to kill St Clair, according to his attorney, Bob Wyatt. “He was just tired of taking it. He had been bullied all his life by this guy.”

This way if you are gay

SWEDEN:

Peace activists who argue that military hardware isn’t the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defence installation: A gay-themed sonar system.

In a publicity stunt dubbed Operation The Singing Sailor, the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying: “This way if you are gay.”

The device also features a neon sign with a sailor waving a white flag and the words “Welcome to Sweden — Gay since 1944”; the year Sweden legalised homosexuality.

The group is urging the Swedish government to resist calls for re-armament after a week-long hunt in October for a suspected Russian submarine, saying “love and peace across boundaries is more important than ever”.

X Files goes X Factor

USA:

Former X Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have reunited for an onstage duet that was more like The X Factor.

They sang together in New York City, performing Neil Young’s ‘Helpless’ on the day Duchovny released his first album. The award-winning actor sang lead while Anderson harmonised with his backing singers and band.

Duchovny gave Anderson a light kiss on the lips after the performance and whispered in her ear as she left the stage.

The musical collaboration comes ahead of the duo reprising their roles on The X Files for a six-episode run this summer.

The Facebook felon

USA:

A Montana man was arrested after liking his mug shot on a Crimestoppers Facebook page has posted bail in a felony forgery case.

Levi Charles Reardon of Great Falls was arrested three weeks after an acquaintance pointed out his picture on the Great Falls/Cascade County Crime-stoppers Facebook page and Reardon liked it. Reardon, 23, said he was surprised at the level of attention he received after liking the post listing him as one of the area’s most wanted.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of felony forgery and posted $2,500 bail. His trial is set for August 31.

When bear necessities fail

USA:

Police in Massachusetts have some sage advice: Don’t go chasing after bears while drunk and armed with nothing more than a dull hatchet.

North Adams police said someone did just that this week, noting that the drunken man was taken into protective custody. Police said anyone who sees a bear should leave it alone and call authorities. They say they don’t want to see anyone “going all Davy Crockett”.

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