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Global bizarre

By Times wire services and other sources
Published January 26, 2008

[AP photo | Lucasfilm]
Shockingly, all of the U.K. Church of the Jedi members are men. Very few women will there be.


Financial responsibility goes to grave
The Herald Sun in Australia reports that a landlord is suing a woman because her father broke his lease, noting that there was nothing in the lease that allows for early termination just because he died. Antony Lee took Theresa Dugan to court after the death of her father, Michael Ward. "A tenant has died. Is that my problem?" he asked the judge. Turns out, it's not. Australian law allows landlords to seek compensation from families in such circumstances. Lee says he considered waiving the fee, "but would you?"

In Spain, it gets worse. Tomas Delgado is suing the family of Enaitz Iriondo for about $28,000 because of damage Iriondo, 17, did to Delgado's luxury car in a collision, according to the newspaper El Pais. Thing is, Iriondo was riding a bicycle. And he died in the collision. Delgado was not held responsible in the accident, but his insurance company acknowledged his actions may have contributed to it. "I'm also a victim in all of this," Delgado said. "You can't fix the lad's problems, but you can fix mine." The case goes to court next week.


Brothers turn the Force into a faith
Barney and Daniel Jones are starting the U.K. Church of the Jedi in Holyhead, Wales. And if you think ... if you hope ... that they don't mean a church based on Star Wars, we are so sorry. "My brother and I will wear the Jedi robes, the dark brown robes. The congregation would be in black, to bring a sense of unity," said Barney, who will be known to the congregation as Master Jonba Hehol, in an interview with the BBC. They say that they will have sermons based on the Force, as well as teach light sabre and meditation techniques. So far, shockingly, all the church members are men, but they insist women are welcome. "Princess Leia helped them out a lot," Jonba said. Don't hold your breath for that update.


Domestic dispute ends in big payday
Sammy Zabib of New York was supposed to buy his girlfriend a pair of designer jeans during a trip to Atlantic City last week. But he forgot. And he heard about it all week. "She was mad," he said. "We had an argument. More than one." So finally, on Friday, he couldn't take it anymore and drove back down to buy the jeans. He got to the Borgata casino, where the boutique was located, at 8 a.m. The boutique didn't open until 10. How do you kill time at a casino? For Zabib, by sitting in front of the Brazil Slingo slot machine, betting $4 a spin for about an hour. "Then the machine stopped working. I didn't know why, so I called security. They came over and said, 'You won the jackpot!'" The jackpot was $800,000, more than enough to pay for the $149 "7 For All Mankind" jeans -- Dojo style. He called to tell his girlfriend. "She wasn't mad anymore."


Canada geography
Winnipeg is a city in Manitoba. An item on Friday placed it in a different province. Should Winnipeg ever actually change provinces, that will definitely be included as a news story in the paper.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

[Last modified January 25, 2008, 23:47:19]

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