Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Dads, whose corny, pun-filled jokes can be instrumental in helping “forge healthy, close relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters,” Prof. Robert Pierce of the University of Rochester told The Wall Street Journal.
Moving, after the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco reached a record $3,690. That’s about 30 percent higher than in New York City.
Heathens, after the Portland, Ore., city council unanimously approved an ordinance banning discrimination against atheists and agnostics. “With this declaration,” said City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, “perhaps more nonbelievers will feel less fearful of being themselves in the open.”
Bad week for:
Defying authority, after German officials seized and sold the pet dog of a family that owed money in taxes. The officials denied they also threatened to grab the wheelchair of a family member, because such assets are “exempt from being seized as collateral, unlike pets.”
Cheating at cards, after the World Bridge Federation suspended the world’s top player, Geir Helgemo, after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. How that hormone could affect Helgemo’s ability to play bridge isn’t clear, but officials said it was still his “responsibility not to take substances that are on the doping list.”
Senior moments, after a 76-year-old German carrying a rare Picasso vase in a shopping bag changed trains en route from Kassel to Düsseldorf and left the bag behind. Police blamed the incident on “monumental forgetfulness.”