CITY HALL SEX SCANDAL?: City leaders were surprised when they discovered the city had given a large check to Lodi's adult book store, Intimates. The purveyor of pornography was paid $1,144, according to a News-Sentinel review of city spending.
After learning of this, alarmed city officials investigated and found the answer.
No, a city employee did not rack up a large bill buying sexy lingerie on the company credit card. Turns out the owners of Intimates had overpaid their utility bill and received a refund. There's nothing sexy about that.
GREEN DOLLARS: Lodi's own environmental educator Kathy Grant was giving a lecture on the local ecosystem recently when she asked the group of elementary students what was the foundation for the local economy.
"Alex Spanos," came the reply from a precocious student.
Grant had to explain that agriculture still made the most money, although we assume no one would question Spanos' mark on the region's economy as well.
We doubt our local grape growers will be making any bids to buy the San Diego Chargers, though.
WET PICKETERS: If you're not happy about sign-holding picketers, what do you do about the matter? A water truck driver earlier this month decided to hose down the picketers at Victor Road and Guild Avenue.
HAS SOMEONE TOLD AL GORE?: Apparently, global warming is caused by the planet Venus. That's according to an e-mail sent to the News-Sentinel from "the gang at piggy palace" (no, we don't know what that means) who say that ancient Mayan calendars predicted the moon's orbit will be affected by Venus in 2012.
This will cause cataclysmic weather conditions or global warming to such an extent that it will usher in the apocalypse. Thankfully, though, if we just use a new Russian bomb that delivers an explosion equivalent to 44 tons of TNT, we can adjust the moon's orbit to prevent the end of the world.
"Do this every once in a while and we'll have a very nice planet to live on for a long time to come," reads the e-mail.
Good to know.
MILESTONES: Tokay High School Principal Erik Sandstrom was talking to a class of students about milestones in their lives one day, when he asked the class what milestone might they come across when they turned 16 years old.
One student said they'd be able to drive.
OK, Sandstrom said.
Then, Sandstrom asked the students what happens when they turn 18. The answer he was looking for was the right to vote, but one student asked, "Is that when we can have sex?"
CRIME WAVE: Quick, call all police units to Kofu Park on South Ham Lane! At 8:07 p.m. Thursday, people were daring to play soccer on the tennis courts!
There were no arrests.
REQUEST DENIED: When someone wants to be arrested, it's not a hard task to accomplish. However, a Lodi man failed at the request last week when he called police and said he was in a fight and wanted to be arrested. Officers determined that it was a medical issue.
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