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How bizarre
by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-05-08 07:12:00
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Superman 'may end US citizenship'

bizarre01_20Superman intends to give up his US citizenship, a story in the new issue of Action Comics declares. "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy," the character says in a story that sees him flying to a Tehran protest.

Adopted by an American family, Superman decides he is better-off serving the world. Though he only talks about his plans to give up citizenship, the story has been criticised by commentators worldwide. The superhero, originally from the fictional planet Krypton, does not clearly renounce his citizenship in the issue.

Action Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said: "Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville." The disputed story sees the hero standing silently at the protest, wanting to show demonstrators that they are not alone.


Man tells cops drug dealer gave wrong change

bizarre02_15Upset that his cocaine dealer had given him the wrong change, a South Carolina man called police to complain about the unsatisfactory transaction and, of course, was promptly arrested. According to cops, Dexter White, 41, called 911 to report that he paid his dealer $60 for crack cocaine, but had received only $20 worth of the drug. White contacted police with his consumer complaint around 4:30 AM Friday (an hour at which Better Business Bureau operators apparently were not standing by).

A North Charleston Police Department report notes that White, in a written statement, identified his supplier as “C,” and said the drug dealer refused his demand for “his $40 in change.” He added that he smoked the entire $20 worth of crack before calling 911. In the 911 call, White initially (and inexplicably) asked a police dispatcher to send a canine unit to his location. He subsequently explained his predicament, which prompted the operator to ask, “Okay, you said you bought some drugs from them and they didn’t give you your change back?"

For his efforts, White was arrested April 29 on a disorderly conduct charge (for loitering where drugs are used or sold). He was booked into the Charleston County Detention Center, where White has previously found himself on many occasions, according to court records.


bizarre03_09FA dedicates outdoor chapel for Wiccans, Druids

Add Wiccans and Druids to the list of faiths that have their own chapel at the Air Force Academy.

A circle of stones around an altar was dedicated on a hilltop above the campus Tuesday with earth-centered prayer and speeches about religious liberty at the academy, a school that has long faced criticism as a bastion for evangelical Christianity.

"This outdoor worship space is something we have created to help people of all religions," Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the academy's superintendent, said before a ribbon cutting on the site.


Man assaulted and robbed an 85-year-old man in the parking lot of a casino

Delaware State Police arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly assaulted and robbed an 85-year-old outside the Delaware Park Casino. On April 6 at about 4:20 p.m. the 85-year-old casino patron as walking through the parking lot of Delaware Park Casino when a Christopher J. Sarver of Newark, Del., grabbed the elderly man from behind, threw him to the ground, assaulted him and took his wallet from his pants pocket.

Sarver then fled in a black Chrysler PT Cruiser, police say. Sarver has been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. He was arraigned and released on $10,000 bail. The victim suffered minor injuries, police say.

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