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Oddities News Archive - October 03, 2009

Officials in Berkeley, Calif., say they want men to stop having casual sex in Aquatic Park. William Rogers, director of parks recreation and waterfront, said the fact the south side of the Berkeley park has become a well-known location for public sex is hurting the city, The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported Saturday. It's ultimately a quality-of-life issue for residents, our staff and the wildlife being displaced, Rogers said.

A man will spend at least a month in jail and face stiff probation conditions for keying a car owned by a millionaire in Palo Alto, Calif., a judge says. Santa Clara County Superior Judge Joyce Allegro said in addition to probation and his jail sentence on vandalism charges, Howard Herships must complete psychiatric counseling and three months of anger management classes for scratching millionaire Steve Kirsch's car, the San Jose Mercury News reported Friday. Kirsch will also receive $5,000 for his legal fees from Herships. Herships keyed Kirsch's Toyota RAV4 as it sat in a Palo Alto courthouse parking lot.

Tom Watson increased his lead to four strokes Saturday with a course record-tying 6-under 64 at the Senior Players Championship. Watson, trying to win this senior major for the first time, had his second straight bogey-free round and moved to 12-under 198 after three rounds. He put us pretty far back.

Brandon Dubinsky had two goals and an assist Saturday to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Marian Gaborik added a goal and an assist and now has three points in two games since signing a free agent contract with the Rangers, who were lost to Pittsburgh in their season opener Friday.

Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.