Good week for:
Chutzpah, after lawyer Frederick Cohn asked a federal judge to bar Jews from the jury in the trial of his client, on the grounds they’d feel “innate antipathy” toward accused Islamic terrorist Abdel Hameed Shehadeh. The judge declined the request.
Dynasties, after Jeb Bush’s son, 36-year-old attorney George P. Bush, launched his political career by officially announcing he was running for Texas land commissioner.
America’s new roving ambassador, after Dennis Rodman, fresh from his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, went to the Vatican in hopes of meeting the new pope. “I want to be anywhere in the world that I’m needed,” Rodman explained.
Bad week for:
Returns, after a Wisconsin man tried to bring back a faulty printer to Walmart, where store workers found the device jammed with a sheet of counterfeit $100 bills. Police were called, and allegedly found another $300 in homemade money on Jarad Carr, 37.
Taylor Swift, after hundreds of pieces of her fan mail were found unopened in a dumpster near her office in Nashville. A spokesman said that mail the singer’s managers had intended to give her “was accidentally put with letters headed for the recycling center.’’
Making a hole-in-one, after an 18-foot sinkhole suddenly opened up beneath a golfer as he played the 14th hole at an Illinois fairway. Mark Mihal, who was pulled from the pit by friends, said the course was still one of his favorites, but admitted, “It’d be kind of strange playing that hole again.”