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Good week, Bad week

Good week for: Parental rights, Being broke, Commitmentphobes; Bad week for: Trekkies, Returning to the scene of the crime, The homing instinct

Good week for:

Parental rights, after an 18-year-old Connecticut man was arrested when he refused his mom’s pleas to clean up his room, cursed her out, and then told responding cops to go away because he “has rights.”

Being broke, after federal officials reported that drunken driving incidents have declined to their lowest level in two decades. To save money, said Dr. Thomas Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “people are drinking at home more.”

Commitmentphobes, after the Mexico City legislature proposed allowing couples to set terms on their marriages, with contracts as short as two years. “You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce,” said legislator Leonel Luna.

Bad week for:

Trekkies, after actor Leonard Nimoy, 80, made his final appearance as Mr. Spock at a Star Trek convention in Illinois. “This is hard,” a choked-up Nimoy told fans, as he formed the Vulcan “V’’ sign with both hands. “Live long and prosper.”

Returning to the scene of the crime, after Charles Burnett, 29, allegedly robbed the same Manhattan bank branch three days in a row. On his third try, he was arrested.

The homing instinct, after a Stockholm woman tried to put her 4-year-old black Labrador, Eira, in a kennel for the day. Eira escaped, boarded a train, and rode six stops before exiting at her home station. If train workers hadn’t captured Eira there, the owner said, “she would probably have been waiting for me by the door.”

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