Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


August 18, 2013

You’re really smart, comparatively

I’m woefully behind on my “stupid stuff in the news,” so here’s a smattering:

• A 23-year-old robber in Springfield stole a computer, a camera and a ring before making his escape on a scooter then tried to disguise himself by having another guy cut off his dreadlocks, according to The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune. Except, the would-be thief forgot that he had some pretty identifying tattoos, including one on his face. Yes, he had a St. Louis Cardinals tattoo on his cheekbone, which the victim described perfectly. If only all criminals were so obliging.

• A 73-year-old Lancaster, Ohio, gun safety instructor shot a 26-year-old student in the arm last Saturday while demonstrating something, according to Some of the other students were nurses, and they helped stabilize the guy before he was taken to the hospital. When that teacher says “stop clowning around,” he means it.

• A 22-year-old who got the wrong credit card back at a restaurant while having a birthday dinner out was arrested after she left the restaurant and went to a mall for a shopping spree, according to CBS San Francisco. The restaurant used their security camera to ID her then the owner of the card went over to the mall, found her and called police. So, her birthday didn’t quite end the way she thought it would.

• Joshua Hoggan, the 18-year-old running for mayor of Roy, Utah, says he’s rehabilitated since he threatened to blow up his high school a year and a half ago. He admits to having made mistakes and being human, according to the Associated Press. I think they should elect him. It would certainly spice up council meetings.

• A 29-year-old College Station man who claimed to be the president’s newly adopted son tried to access Michelle Obama’s bank account at a Bryan bank where she did not have a bank account this past week. The guy told the teller he was adopted through Facebook, according to the Houston Chronicle. When arrested, he was found with a bag of pot in his pocket. It’s shocking that such a well-thought-out crime didn’t work.


Janet Jacobs is City Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at Want to “Soundoff” to this article? Email:


Text Only
  • Bill Tinsley The light within

    Last week the small town of West, Texas marked one year since the devastating chemical explosion leveled a large section of the town killing fifteen and injuring more than 200.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg When 'breaking news' was fragile

    The lesson, hammered by countless journalism teachers for century(s), was intended to be cattle-branded into minds of aspiring writers who would go forth to inform readers about what’s going on in the world. And it was emphasized that “getting it right” was preferable to “getting it first.”

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg Highly questionable

    As you have probably surmised, I am just about addicted to my TV, and especially to jock shows throughout the day. I usually start my day with a couple hours of “Imus in the Morning,” just to broaden my horizons in the areas of politics, investments, current events, show business, and a plethora of other topics

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janet Jacobs Technology versus common sense

    The gadgets of the future will include an internet-assisted backyard grill, according to news accounts this past week.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Belcher, Bob.jpg Salute to 'Mr. Derrick Days'

    I can’t help but think back to the “near-death experience” that Derrick Days had 14 years ago, and how one man’s determination brought it back.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Tinsley Resurrection

    I was 29-years-old when my father died of multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow.  He was 53 years of age. Only hours before his death, I spoke with him. Our eyes met during that final visit, the same eye contact we had shared from my birth.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr Don Newbury 2014.jpg It’s about time

    Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations — you name it.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick Platt 2014.jpg The Wonderlic Test

    Did you hear the one about Texas A&M’s “Johnny Football” Manziel testing better than all the other quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine? No, this is not the start of an Aggie joke.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • deannakirk.jpg Work Out? Bite your tongue!

    I've shared this before, but it bears repeating. I'm a lot like my late, dear Daddy … whose idea of “working out” was a good, brisk sit.
    Amen, Daddy. Me too.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Thanks for service
    To the Editor: The Blooming Grove Elementary School would like to express appreciation to several individuals and businesses that for three years have provided a “free” vision exam and eyeglasses for many of our students.

    April 11, 2014