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January 24, 2014

A peek inside the St. Joseph development


In Russell’s defense — and we are all about fair play here — he wasn’t the only school superintendent to make the wrong call. But he has less of an excuse. With so many psychics at his beck and call, how could he get it so wrong?

We think Lorelei of Crow Haven Corner should be put in charge of calling off school in the future.

Naked city

We get sent ridiculous items all the time. Here’s the latest and most ridiculous.

Somebody sent us something purportedly from Reader’s Digest citing “13 Surprising Marriage Laws.”

Here’s what it says: “It may have moved past the whole witch thing, but the town of Salem, Massachusetts, has retained its prudishness; it’s illegal for a married couple to sleep nude in a rented room.”

This was a serious enough issue to wake our Flashlight team from its slumber and put them to work. They did exhaustive research and made two phone calls.

“I’m not aware of any (such) ordinances,” said City Solicitor Beth Rennard, who politely answered our question and silently prayed we never call her again.

The Flashlight team was not able to reach Juli Lederhaus, general manager of Hawthorne Hotel.

Lucky for her.

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