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Published February 7, 2007


Without kids, are you really even married?

Proponents of same-sex marriage in Washington are working to get an issue on the ballot. But it's not the issue you might expect. To counter the argument that the purpose of marriage is procreation, they want to require heterosexual couples to have a child within three years of marriage, or risk annulment. "If it exists for the purpose of procreation, they must understand then that these are the consequences," Gregory Gadow of the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance told the Seattle Times. The group acknowledges the movement is a parody, but one meant to make a point. The group is also considering measures to make it illegal for a couple with children to divorce, and one to make marriage automatic between two people who have a child together.

Cops love finding evidence on YouTube

Three men have been arrested in Australia, charged with a graffiti and vandalism rampage on trains and private property from Sydney to Wollongong, according to Australia's Police were grateful to the suspects for posting photos and video of themselves committing the acts on YouTube. "That's how we originally came across (them)," said commuter crime inspector Chris Keen. "They do like to at times display it, and it makes our work a lot simpler."

Escape plan: Hide in poisonous mine

Two men in northeast China were being pursued by police on suspicion of stealing 5,000 feet of electric cable worth about $60,000, Reuters reports. "They'll never look for us in a mine that could collapse at any second and is full of poisonous gas," they apparently surmised during their getaway. Because that's where they hid. The police didn't follow them, because they didn't have to. They just waited at the exits. A mere 23 hours later, the men stumbled out, then were taken to the hospital where they recovered, and were arrested.

Snacking covered

Calle Montell was on a sales call in Sweden when a client offered him a cookie. It chipped his tooth. He wanted his employer to cover dental expenses as a work-related injury. Employer said no. Court said yes. "I'm very happy," said Montell. "Everyone who is out on a job can have a snack knowing that they are covered by occupational safety laws."

The spa burglar

Marshall Wolbers of Lake Bluff, Ill., has been arrested on charges of stealing services from 20 spas in Illinois and Wisconsin. Police say his modus operandi was this: Get a sea salt body polish, a hair cut and color, manicure, pedicure, facial. Then before a day-ending massage, he would excuse himself to make a call, and never return. One of his last victims, Lisa Marach, a nail technician at Day Spa in Algonquin, Wis., wants revenge. "He was here 3 1/2 hours. I just want to look at him, like 'You jerk, you didn't even tip me. You made me rub your gross feet and listen to you for an hour and a half,' " she said.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

[Last modified February 7, 2007, 00:06:15]

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