Up to 10,000 convicted criminals could soon be released early from prisons across Illinois. It’s all because of the state’s budget mess. Gov. Pat Quinn says cutting those prisoners loose could save more than $100 million. ***MARLAR: Until we have to pay for a public defender and court costs for them again.
Ritz camera is throwing in the towel and looking to either sell or liquidate all its remaining stores. It’s been a bad month for the photography business, first Kodachrome goes away and now Ritz. ***MARLAR: (Whew!) That was a close one… for a second there I thought they were talking about the crackers.
For the second time this year, Burger King has apologized for a sandwich ad. The burger chain has pulled an ad showing the Hindu goddess Lakshmi’s image over a sandwich after complaints that it implied the deity ate beef; Hindus believe the cow is sacred. ***MARLAR: Can’t the cow be sacred and yet still taste good?
Two girls, aged 16 and 17, were arrested in the murder of a friend, a 16-year-old girl, in San Fernando de Cadiz, Spain. The two girls allegedly told police the murder made them “feel good.” Their motive? They said the killing would make them “become famous.” Police have refused to release the killers’ names. ***MARLAR: Perfect!
A 74-year-old retired truck driver in Denmark was stopped by police for driving erratically and had to finally admit he’s never had a driver’s license in 57 years of driving trucks across Europe. He faces a fine of at least $869 for driving without a license. ***MARLAR: He said the thing that really scares him about being caught is now he’ll have to deal with the DMV.
Justin Brady will now be known as Ynot (why-not) Bubba after a New Mexico judge approved the name change. The 43-year-old trucker asked to change his name because he no longer has a relationship with his adoptive parents, the Bradys. His last name is courtesy of the people he now considers family, who nicknamed him Bubba for no particular reason. He had considered the name, Lacon Marlboro after his preferred choice of cigarette. Also on the short list was More Chek, from his desire for more money. ***MARLAR: Maybe he should’ve considered the name, “Ima Doofus.”
The first-ever “China Idol” will air on Chinese television next month, under careful scrutiny from the government: “No weirdness, no vulgarity, no low taste.” ***MARLAR: Oh, so it’s nothing like “American Idol?”