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by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-08-08 08:28:33
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Home-made atom experiment was 'crazy'

bizarre01_22A Swedish man who tried to set up a nuclear reactor in his kitchen at home has admitted his plan was "crazy". Richard Handl said he had just been "curious" and wanted to see if he would be able to split an atom. Police were called to his flat in Angelholm in southern Sweden after he got in touch with Sweden's radiation authority to check if what he was doing was legal.

Mr Handl said he would stick to reading books about physics from now on. Mr Handl, who is 31 and unemployed, said he had bought the radioactive materials on the internet and from Germany.

He had been working on the experiment for around six months and posted regular updates on his blog. He was questioned by police, who confiscated his nuclear materials as well as his computer. And he added: "It was pretty stupid."


Record breaking striper caught

bizarre02_18A striped bass that could break the world record was caught in the waters of the Long Island Sound in Westbrook.

According to the Jack's Bait and Tackle in Westbrook, the striper caught by Greg Myerson of North Branford weighed in at 81.88 pounds.

The current record holder is a 78.8 pound striper caught in New Jersey in 1982 by Albert McReynolds.


Woman claims maintenance men violated her privacy

A tenant accuses maintenance staff of playing dress-up in her west Houston apartment, then posting pictures on Facebook. It was at the Crest Apartments on Wilcrest where former tenant Stacy Knight says a couple of maintenance men violated her privacy early this year. In a lawsuit, the woman claims those workers went into her home unannounced, allegedly looking for a water leak, but ended snooping through her closets.

A woman who identified herself as the assistant property manager told me she's familiar with the allegations. "Yeah, but we're not allowed to talk about it," she said. In her lawsuit, Knight claims those maintenance workers took snapshots wearing a Halloween wig they found in her closet and her boyfriend's work uniform. She claims the men sent those photos to an office worker who posted them on Facebook.

Renters we talked to say the allegations are disturbing. "That's kind of stupid, you know," said tenant Darryl Smith. "You've got a job. You are working for the apartment complex. You're putting on the lady's clothes and her husband's clothes, and you just getting yourself in trouble. You're going to lose your job over some stupid stuff." The woman's lawyer told us the complex violated an agreement that no one was to enter her unit unless or until she was there. Other tenants told us they've had no problem with maintenance there. "The maintenance men is good with us," said tenant Noe Nzejesus.


Cook found urinating on tavern roof

An apparently intoxicated employee of Rock City Tavern was arrested using the bathroom on the roof of the bar early Thursday morning, police say. The 26-year-old Rock Hill man was charged with public disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana after being arrested on the roof of the Celanese Road bar, according to a Rock Hill police report.

When police arrived around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, they found the man urinating on the roof of the tavern. Another employee told police she heard him climb up the ladder to the roof around 2:20 a.m.

Officers climbed on the roof and found the man, who appeared to be drunk, had slurred speech and a hard time standing or walking, the report states. Police helped him off the roof. When officers searched him, they found a pipe for smoking marijuana and .38 grams of the drug. He also damaged a neon light to the building.

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