Bizarre News-Law Grad Prostitution

November 5, 2009 11:12:47 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're trueLAW GRAD PROSTITUTION
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Stanford University law school grad Cristina Warthen won't be visiting any clients. She has to serve a year of home detention, after working as a hooker. She pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on her income as an escort. A federal judge yesterday ordered her to wear an electronic monitoring device while serving her sentence. She also has to pay the government about $243,000.

EXOTIC DANCERS-GEORGIA
ATLANTA (AP) - Old enough to strip -- but not old enough drink. Georgia's top court has ruled in favor of five exotic dancers who were all under 21. The State Supreme Court says their right to earn a living was stripped by an Atlanta ordinance. That law bans people under 21 from places where alcohol is sold. The women who filed suit were 19 or 20 when the ordinance was passed in 2007. Atlanta officials unsuccessfully argued the law didn't ban all under-21 strippers, just stripping where booze is available.

STARBUCKS-INSTANT COFFEE
UNDATED (AP) - There's one cup of Starbucks you won't have to stand in a line to get. The chain is going national with its instant coffee. Starbucks says it's Via instant is just as good as brewed. And the company is buying its first-ever TV ads to make the point. Coffee drinkers will also have to pay a premium for Starbucks instant. It will sell for about a buck a cup, while a home-brewed cup of coffee can be made for just pennies.

TWO HOLES-IN-ONE
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A pair of aces is a pretty good poker hand or an unbelievable round of golf. North Dakota duffer Troy Radermacher sank two holes-in-one Sunday in the same round. His aces came on the 5th and 15th holes at the Oxbow Country Club. He says he's still having a hard time believing he got double aces. Golf Digest calculates the odds of two holes-in-one in the same round at 67 million to one.

TERMINAL MAN
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - You might want to keep your distance from Brendan Ross. After all, it's hard to get a shower when you're spending 30 straight days flying on JetBlue. He spends the nights on airport chairs and floors. Ross posted a Craigslist ad asking for someone to buy him a $599 pass to fly on JetBlue for a month. Wired magazine is taking Ross up on his offer. Wired is also giving him 30 bucks a day for airport food. Ross admits it's "kind of crazy." But he tells the Austin American-Statesman it will make for some good stories later.

CHEATER ASSAULTED
CHILTON, Wis. (AP) - Accused of hitting a cheater where it hurts. Now, one of four women charged with seeking revenge on an unfaithful husband has a trial date in late January. Michelle Belliveau has pleaded not guilty to one count of being party to felony false imprisonment. Prosecutors say the four women lured the cheating man to a Wisconsin motel, tied him to a bed and super-glued his you-know-what to his stomach. Court records say he was romantically involved with three of the women, including his estranged wife. The other three women have yet to enter their pleas to similar charges.

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