Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Feminine wiles, after stripper Veronica Beckham won a legal battle to collect $223,000 left her by the late Micky Liu, an HBO executive. Liu’s family had claimed that as an “exotic dancer,” Beckham was adept at “using coercion and manipulation upon men.”
Trenton McKinley, 13, of Alabama, who shocked doctors when he regained consciousness after an accident that left him apparently brain-dead. “From no brain waves to now walking and talking and reading, doing math,” said his mother. “A miracle.”
Devotion, after a Turkish soccer fan who’d been banned from his team’s home field for excessive enthusiasm hired a crane so he could watch the game over the stadium walls. “That match was very important for our team,” explained Ali Demirkaya.
Bad week for:
Recidivism, after Melania Trump—who admitted borrowing passages from a Michelle Obama speech for her own 2016 convention speech—issued a booklet titled “Talking With Kids About Being Online” that was nearly identical to a 2014 booklet issued by the Obama administration.
United Airlines, which apologized to passengers for an intoxicated female flight attendant who informed passengers over the intercom that “if your seat belt isn’t tight, you f---ed up.”
Intimidation tactics, after the National Hockey League formally warned the Boston Bruins’ enforcer Brad Marchand that he will face “supplemental discipline” if he continues his practice of licking opponents’ faces during on-ice confrontations. Asked for comment, Marchand said, “It is what it is.”