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News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Nov. 12, 2015

OOPS!

An official of the Missouri Republican Party apologized in September for the "thoughtless" act of using an original Thomas Hart Benton mural in the state Capitol as a writing surface. Valinda Freed and a man were exchanging business cards, and Freed, needing to jot down information on the card, placed it directly on the mural to backstop her writing. [Associated Press via ABC News, 9-21-2015]

During a break in a murder trial in Lima, Ohio, in September, a jailer apparently absentmindedly locked inmate-witness Steven Upham in the same cell with the accused murderer he was about to testify against (Markelus Carter, 46). Upham was set to squeal that Carter had confessed the murder to him. Deputies soon rushed to the cell to break up Carter's attempt, with his fists, to change Upham's mind. (At press time, the jury was still deliberating.) [Lima News, 9-17-2015]

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