1. AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked
intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package.
Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.
2. Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a
gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing 10 tear
canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in
police line, shouting "Please come out and give yourself up."
3. An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and
forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein
kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.
4. A man walked into a Topeka, Kan., Kwik Stop, and asked for all the
in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the
store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police
showed up and grabbed him.
5. Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just
couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man
the lineup to repeat the words, "Give me all your money or I'll shoot,"
man shouted, "That's not what I said!"
6. A man spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her
contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the
doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"
7. In Modesto, Calif., Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold
up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a
to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his
8. Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour
east of Bakersfield, Calif., some folks, new to boating, we re having a
problem. No matter how hard they tried; they couldn't get their brand new
22-foot boat going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no
how much power was applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go,
they putted to a nearby marina, thinking someone there could tell them
was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working
condition. The engine ran fine, the out drive went up and down, and the
was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the
water to check underneath. He came up choking on water; he was laughing so
hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.