Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

(I’m appearing tomorrow on Cornerstone Television Network’s “Focus 4” program!  Catch it at 1pm and 7pm Eastern Time, or see the rebroadcast on Monday, February 22nd at 1am Eastern Time!)

A Sioux Falls man faces an aggravated assault charge after allegedly attacking a snow plow driver. Authorities said a man told officers the plow driver had knocked over the mailbox at his home west of the city Tuesday afternoon. He allegedly punched the driver in the foot and threatened him with pepper spray.  ***MARLAR: Police have an APB out on Gary Coleman.

An East Tennessee grandfather has been charged with endangerment after police said they stopped him while he was driving, drinking and holding his grandson in his arms. Police said the man tested 0.13 on a breath test, which is about 1 1/2 times the legal limit. Police said the man told officers the 2-year-old boy had been riding in his lap and that he had drunk six or seven beers, including one that was half-full and still cold inside the vehicle.  ***MARLAR: Which he believes is a testimony to his excellent driving skills since he was also texting at the time.

Cigarette smoking is pervasive in movies.  That’s according to a National Cancer Institute report which says tobacco marketing and showing smoking in movies promote youth smoking. The report says smoking is seen in three out of four or more, of contemporary box-office hits. And, it says identifiable cigarette brands appear in about one-third of movies. One of the recommendations suggested by the editors of the report is to put anti-tobacco advertisements before films “to partially counter the impact of tobacco portrayals in movies.”  ***MARLAR: Because that will be SO much more effective than that “this product will kill you” label on the cigarette pack.

Best Buy is planning to add 12 vending kiosks inside major airports across the country as part of a pilot program called “Best Buy Express.” The machines will stock cell phone and computer accessories, digital cameras, portable data storage devices, headphones, travel adapters, chargers and other gadgets. The self-serve kiosks will be installed by the end of the month in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and San Francisco.  ***MARLAR: And just like the store, if you have any problems or questions you’ll be unable to find an employee to help you.

Two Ogden, Utah, neighbors got into a fight after a minor league baseball game that ended with one neighbor biting off the ear of the other. The two men had returned home from the Ogden Raptors baseball game when police said one man apparently offended the other with a comment.  The man who was offended responded by striking the other man in the face repeatedly and then clamping down on his ear with his teeth. The man was arrested on several charges.  ***MARLAR: And Mike Tyson had no comment.

In Kentucky, Gerald A Rocchi put on a ski mask and held up an ice cream store armed with a stapler. Amazingly, it worked as the clerks handed over $175 and he made his getaway. However, his fortune didn’t last long as witnesses pointed cops in his direction and they found him at his house with the money, a stapler and a ski mask.  ***MARLAR: That guy needs an Easy Button.

Resistance training not only makes you feel and look better, but also it can reverse aging, making muscles younger through regular workouts, according to researchers from the Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, CA, and McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  ***MARLAR: Resistance – please.  I can’t even resist going to fridge at every commercial break.

A plan to drive teenage thugs away from a park in Sydney, Australia, by blasting them with loud Barry Manilow music is backfiring as neighbors are now complaining.   ***MARLAR: Just lower the volume: trust me, it doesn’t have to be that loud.

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