Thursday, March 5, 2009

Original crime

From the Fresno Bee, an innovative sort of crime:
Three men who police say roped and tried to haul away a valuable Sago palm tree in northwest Fresno were snared by officers early today.

Read all here. My mother read proof at the Bee back during the Depression of the 1930s. She quit in a fury over something and would proudly tell that the composing room employees turned off their machines to hear her telling off the boss on her way out the door.
I have a couple of huge cycads in the front yard and have read that sometimes thieves steal particularly nice specimens to sell to landscapers.
I notice on the Bee Web site that the unemployment rate in the Central Valley is 15.7%, and that probably excludes illegal agricultural workers not doing the work that Americans will not do.

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