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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: Common sense, Not needing the airlines, Getting snipped; Bad week for: Situational awareness, Vanity plates, Thinking you’re Tom Jones

Good week for:

Common sense, after the TSA said it would begin testing less-stringent screening procedures for passengers who are 75 and older, allowing them to keep their shoes on and avoid body pat-downs. “We know people in that population and age group pose a lower risk to security,” said a TSA spokeswoman.

Not needing the airlines, after Dutch engineer Jarno Smeets flew for one minute by flapping custom-made bird wings that also had a power assist. “You see the ground moving away, and then suddenly you’re free,” Smeets says on a video of his feat. “Effing magical.”

Getting snipped, after Urology Associates of Cape Cod began airing a TV commercial offering a free pizza to any man who has a vasectomy. A free pizza topping is included.

Bad week for:

Situational awareness, after 45-year-old Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor, Mich., fell off a pier into Lake Michigan while texting. She had to be rescued by a passerby who dove in the water and police using a rope tied to a life preserver.

Vanity plates, after a Canadian woman pleaded guilty to trying to transport 24 pounds of cocaine in an SUV with the license plate SMUGGLER, while checked in to the Smuggler’s Inn.

Thinking you’re Tom Jones, after Jeffrey Lee Thompson, 28, began stripping while performing at Karaoke Night at an Applebee’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Fla., and allegedly punched a manager who tried to stop him. “He was intoxicated,” a police spokesman said, “and he became very involved with his performance.”

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