Notes From the California Penal League

San Quentin’s Giants

Crimes Committed in Costume

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Impressive: A 26-year-old Rochester woman dressed up as a zombie got 2 DWIs in 3 hours

Less impressive: A 37-year-old Maine woman in a Hello Kitty costume was booked on drunk driving charges after refusing a breathalyzer

A single white male was arrested after robbing a New Hampshire bank in a zebra-print dress

And while not technically in costume: A 21-year old man being arrested on marijuana possession charges told police he was Denzel Washington.

 

The Mystery Behind HR’s Chair

Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains fame kicks off a new season of Classic Tales with a story about why HR did two gigs duct-taped to a chair

The First Rule of Skateboarding is That There Are No Rules

I was a Skate Rat

“a brief meditation on the nature of how suburban nomadic skateboarders find each other, build communities – and as is often the case in adversarial environments – use every inch of their limitations and blank canvas, to breed ideas that influence the life of skateboarders every day. From the kick flip, to the kick tail, Floridians are responsible for scores of technical and cultural advancements – and they are all skate rats.”

Deadbeats on Deadbeats

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We’ve been fans of the Deadbeat Club since we first encountered their zines from what seems like years ago. With a one-night only event happening tonight (10/17), we asked some of the members of this tight knit photo crew to talk about each other’s pictures. Here’s are the results, beginning with Dennis McGrath’s take on Ed Templeton’s photo, above.

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100% Kook

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Alexis Ross took traditional Chinatown Laundry bag material and turned it into the upper for his new Vans Syndicate OG Authentic Pro CV “S” shoe.

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Attention Deficit Opera

“Macbeth,” a Toiletpaper project for the Metropolitan Opera by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.

The Great Molly Mile

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After noticing that police spotted him curiously “digging around flower pots” along the route for Chicago Marathon, 29-year old real estate agent Bryan Duffy took off into the race and joined marathoners until he was eventually tackled by Chicago PD. His pockets contained an altoids tin with ten capsules of molly, and $541 in cash.

Ill Investigations

Bill Hader brings back “Inside SoCal” for another episode on SNL

“Always Leave Them Wanting More”

The Mystery of Morganna: The Kissing Bandit

The Affected

A Brief History of Melancholy

Spiders “bleeding out of the walls”

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Imagine if your house was filled with close to 6000 brown recluse spiders. Open a cabinet, there’s a spider. Get into bed, spider under your comforter. Check on the baby, spider in the crib. Taking a shower, spider hovering down from above. This was one Missouri family’s nightmare two years ago when the house they purchased became grossly infested with the venomous brown recluse. Now in classic American form, the arachnophobic family that abandoned the home are suing the previous owners for not disclosing the 48,000 legged problem.

Parties on File

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Boiler Room knows what you did last night.

The Best Day of Bob Geldof’s Life

In this film by Errol Morris, the Irish Rocker talks about the formation of the charity supergroup Band Aid.

That’s Mr. Soul Glo To You

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Rest in Perm goes out to black hair-care entrepreneur Comer Cottrell, who turned the jheri curl (as worn by Lionel Richie, above) into an affordable hair style by bringing it into the home in the form of cheap kits targeted at adults and kids alike. He was 82 years old.

(Thanks Rog!)

Batman, Forever

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The 75th Anniversary stamp set that will briefly prolong the perpetual slow death of the great US postal service. It’ll be pretty awesome to send bills out with the Bat-Signal though.

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“But those people keep a movin’ And that’s what tortures me…”

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With an overpass designed to look like Folsom Prison’s east gate guard towers, the newly-opened $3.8 million Johnny Cash Trail will take pedestrians and bicyclists on a continuous 2.5 mile journey outside the prison walls and across its grounds—from Folsom’s City Hall to the town’s large lake, north of the prison.

The Wide World of Weed

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Pot News for Those Who Partake
 
In regards to unimportant questions: Did cannabis make The Beatles’ ‘Rubber Soul’ worse?

After that, here’s A look at Marijuana through the years

Los Angeles keeps innovating: 420 Nurses is a social network and photo studio for pot smoking “models” trying to make a dollar

While in Denver, these ladies are doing it different: Cannabrand, an advertising agency devoted exclusively to marketing marijuana

Meanwhile on the East Coast, “Stoners trade tie-dye T-shirts for Wall Street suits”

And in Jamaica, an obvious story: Rastas ready for ganja decriminalization
 

 

“When I’m driving, I definitely can’t do that math”

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Launched as a pilot program “aimed to convince Americans to adopt the system of measure in use across much of the rest of the world,” Interstate 19 in Arizona is the only continuous stretch of highway in the United States that uses the metric system. As you can guess, the Carter administration program failed because America is still waiting on the rest of world to adopt the US customary system.

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