GRAND OPRAH -- Since Oprah Winfrey left network TV to establish her own cable channel she's lost a quarter of a million dolllars. But despite her financial woes, she's as generous as ever. She still hands out free cars to audience members, but now they have to be returned to Avis when the week's rental runs out.
SING YOU SPINNERS -- Penal authorities in California have responded to long-standing complaints that Muslim prisoners weren't allowed to wear the traditional skull cap while non-Muslims could wear ball caps backwards. The Muslim cons are thrilled with their new prison-issued caps -- but not so much by the striped propellers on top.
SMALL HARVEST -- In Newport City, Vermont, 34-year old farmer Roger Pion crushed seven Orleans County Sheriff's cruisers by driving his John Deere tractor over them in retaliation for a marijuana possession charge he felt was unjust. He later told reporters he thinks the cops singled him out because of his disappointing donut crop this year.
SQUARED CIRCLE -- International boxing officials are decrying the one-sided, obviously biased decisions that have marred Olympic boxing in London. Despite their denials, the incompetence of some judges is undeniable. For instance, the chief ringside judge for the men's heavyweight finals was Paula Abdul.