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Published August 19, 2006


His worker's comp case is bittersweet

"I thought I was going to die," Darmin Garcia said after his harrowing experience Friday. But what a way to go. Garcia became trapped while pushing his company's product into a vat. The product? Chocolate. Co-workers at Debelis in Kenosha, Wis., tried to help him out of the vat of 110-degree gooey deliciousness, but his pants were caught on a roller. "It was in my hair, in my ears, my mouth, everywhere," Garcia said. "I felt like I weighed 900 pounds." He was treated for minor injuries, and said he's lost his taste for the stuff. More for everyone else.


This year, he's No. 1 with a No. 2 pencil

The first two times Jakub Voboril, above, took the ACT, he got a 32 and a 34. Not good enough, the senior at Bishop Carroll High in Wichita, Kan., decided. So he took it again, and got a perfect 36. He also took the SAT that week, and got a perfect 2400. His advice for future college entrance exam takers: "You have to pay attention in classes, take classes that are going to teach you what you need to know - that sort of thing." That's smart. He doesn't have all the answers, though. Like, he doesn't know where he's going to college - he's leaning toward Notre Dame or Princeton - or what he'll study. No one knows if the double-perfect feat has happened before, but the educated guess is: not many times.

Is it art, or is it a dismissal offense?

Tamara Hoover's students found pictures of her online. Let's just call them boudoir photos. After all, Hoover was an art teacher. But when the Austin, Texas, high school students showed the photos to another art teacher, who just happened to be pretty upset with Hoover in a nasty dispute over some ceramics equipment, it was all over. Hoover agreed to resign, and said she'll go for a master's degree, then maybe get a job at a college. Colleges can be more understanding of the whole artistic ... thing.


Trying to get out of fine, he lands in jail

Swearing and making rude gestures at a judge is not an effective way to get your speeding ticket overturned. Jonathan Wilson, 31, of San Pierre, Ind., was facing a fine for doing 70 in a 55 zone. But when the judge refused to overturn it, he did not take it well. Now the judge says he'll stay in jail until he writes an apology note. And he has to mean it.

Judge sentenced

Donald Thompson, the Oklahoma judge convicted of exposing himself while presiding over jury trials, was sentenced to four years in prison. A court reporter said she witnessed Thompson expose himself at least 15 times, and he was also accused of using a sex toy under his robe during at least four trials.


Monday: Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants scheduled to go on trial for military campaign that killed estimated 100,000 Kurds in 1987-88.

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