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WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2011

A jury in Los Angeles found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.  Afterward on the steps of the courthouse, one of the jurors told a reporter it was the prosecutor's poetry that insured conviction -- "If the IV fit, you can't acquit."

L.A. firemen were called out to extinguish a blaze at the famed Magic Castle, the well-known headquarters of the world's leading magicians.  Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation, two were levitated and one was sawed in half.

The legendary department store Macy's in New York's Herald Square is boasting that it has the world's largest shoe department with 39,000 square feet.  Sounds great if your feet happen to be square. 

Due to massive budget cuts, city fathers in Smithfield, North Carolina refused to authorize funds to provide their police department with gasoline for their cruisers.  Now when dignitaries are welcomed to Springfield, they get a skateboard escort.
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