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News That Sounds Like a Joke | Government in Action

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published Dec. 10, 2018

News That Sounds Like a Joke | Government in Action
In Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, chicken owner Stephanie Morse told KNOE-TV on Oct. 18 that she is not going to be deterred from dressing up her chickens for Halloween, even in light of the warning from the Centers for Disease Control about exposure to salmonella. More than 90 people in 29 states have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria after coming into contact with raw chicken products. Dressing up live chickens might also cause people to be exposed to the germ. "Don't kiss your birds or snuggle them," the CDC warns. But Morse clucks back: "I just like to put a sweater on them to keep them warm and comfortable." [KNOE, 10/18/2018]

The District of Columbia's Department of General Services fell victim to a scam in July when officials there wired almost $700,000 to a hacker posing as a city vendor. The fraudsters gained information from a vendor's computer system, reported The Washington Post, then created a fake email address by changing just one letter, from which they requested electronic transfers from the D.C. government. David Umansky, a spokesman for the district's chief financial officer, told the Post that since then the city's protocols for making vendor payments have "been modified to require additional confirmation before changing bank information." None of D.C.'s money has been recovered. [Washington Post, 10/22/2018]