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19 February 2017: 5 Stories + 'Best Of' Feature Starts Next Week Copyright ©2017

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Helpful icon identifications:-( Tom Oliverson, a member of the Texas House of Representatives, is sick and tired of Texans using the wrong flag “emoji” symbol to represent Texas online. There are many flag emojis available online, “but the official flag of Texas, also known as the Lone Star Flag, is not included in the selection,” he says. “All too often, the Chilean flag emoji is used as a substitute for the Lone Star Flag in text messaging and on social media platforms.” The Republican has thus introduced a Resolution to “urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.” (RC/KVUE Austin) ... :-P

Pic and Choose: “Why is it,” asks Genevieve Maheux-Pelletier, “that my child is put aside and being told, ‘No, I’m sorry, but you cannot be part of the picture?’” It’s because his parents refused to sign the consent form for his picture to be taken at école élémentaire La Fontaine, the school he attends in Kleinburg, Ont., Canada. Maheux-Pelletier said that’s because signing the form would have allowed pictures of the 4-year-old to be shared on social media. A spokeswoman for the school board said allowing pictures to be taken, but keeping them off social media, would be too demanding. (AC/CBC) ...The real world’s privacy settings aren’t as flexible as Facebook’s.

The Subject Line Notes “5 Stories” — the full edition had 14. This week you missed: Woman’s “secret’ to long life (109 years so far) is one most Americans could get behind. Yet another obliviot claims her kid was in stolen car (and goes to jail for it). Woman asks first date if he’s a serial killer (No, but things go downhill quickly from there). Man wants a bullet in his new new jewelry, but because he’s an obliviot.... Commercial fisherman’s catch could send him (and his friends) to prison for life. Canadian cop notices men in drive-thru ...riding a sofa — and then it gets weird. Florida public defender tries to talk cop out of arresting ...him (doesn’t work). Las Vegas Taco Bell to host weddings. Man tries to pull scam on his own grandmother, but she’s way too smart for him. It’s not to late to read these stories: just ask for your upgrade to start with the 19 February issue. See your upgrade options here and stop missing most of the stories!

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Some of the fake limesBlimey: When a “produce truck” came across the border from Mexico into Pharr, Texas, carrying 34,764 limes, the produce didn’t quite look right to “imaging systems” Customs agents used to check the cargo. They didn’t smell right to drug-sniffing dogs, either: the limes were fake, and hid 3,947 pounds of marijuana, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection valued at “approximately” $789,467. Last year at the same border crossing, Customs agents intercepted 2,493 pounds of marijuana hidden in fake carrots. (RC/CNN) ...At $12.50/ounce, Mexico clearly isn’t sending up their best weed anymore.

Keystone Krooks in Kannapolis: Police in Kannapolis, N.C., responded to a report of shots fired at a Rent-A-Center store. When they arrived, they saw two men trying to load a TV into a car. Police say the men — later identified as Willie Anthony, 20, and Jamarqua Davis, 16 — jumped into separate vehicles and tried to flee the scene, but crashed into each other in the parking lot. They still tried to drive away — going against traffic, which resulted in two more, separate, crashes, which allowed police to apprehend them both. Anthony and Davis were charged with a litany of crimes, including breaking and entering, felony larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run, and driving without a license. They were held in the Cabarrus County Jail. (MS/WCNC Charlotte) ...Shouldn’t that be Kabarrus Kounty?

Speaking Ill: Leslie Ray Charping died, and his Galveston, Texas, family, dictated his obituary. “At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting,” the obit says, with a “commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive.” He died at 75, “which was 29 years longer than expected and much longer than he deserved.” Further, “he will be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend.” He did serve in the Navy, but “as part of a plea deal to escape sentencing on criminal charges.” On the positive side, “Leslie’s passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.” The family did not hold a memorial service. (RC/KTRK Houston) ...Remember: family always has the last word.

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This Week’s Contributors: MS-Mike Straw, AC-Alexander Cohen, RC-Randy Cassingham.

Something Amazing About Alexander’s Pic and Choose story this week, about the parents who didn’t want their child’s school to post the kid’s picture online (a very reasonable precaution in this day and age): when the parents went to the media, they gave the Canadian Broadcast Corp. the kid’s photo, the CBC not only showed it on TV, but they of course ran it with the online version of the story too! I do agree it all should come down to the family’s choice, but if they didn’t want their kid exposed in a low-key way, it’s a bit mind-boggling they’t allow it in a high-publicity way. Even though they released it, I decided not to run it myself.

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This Week’s Honorary Unsubscribe goes to Barbara Carroll. A pianist, Carroll studied classical music, but preferred the jazz she heard on the family’s radio, and created a life-long career.

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  • And So Long to Bruce Lansbury, a TV producer best known for producing 69 episodes of The Wild Wild West (1966-1969), 38 episodes of Mission: Impossible (1969-1972), and 88 episodes of Murder, She Wrote (1992-1996) — starring his older sister, Angela. He died from Alzheimer’s disease on February 13, at 87.
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