Tombstone, Ariz., which was the site of the legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, is about 70 miles from the Tucson shopping center where a U.S. congresswoman, a federal judge and others were shot in January.
A Los Angeles Times dispatch noted that the “wild west” of 1881 Tombstone had far stricter gun control than present-day Arizona.
The historic gunfight occurred when the marshal (Virgil Earp, brother of Wyatt) tried to enforce the town’s no-carry law against local thugs. Today, however, with few restrictions and no licenses required, virtually any Arizonan 18 or older can carry a handgun openly, and those 21 or older can carry one concealed.
The government of Romania, attempting both to make amends for historical persecution of fortune-telling “witches” and to collect more tax revenue, amended its labor law recently to legalize the profession.
However, “queen witch” Bratara Buzea, apparently speaking for many in the soothsaying business, told the Associated Press that official recognition might make witches legally responsible for future events that are beyond their control.
Already, witches are said to be fighting back against the government with curses — hurling poisonous mandrake plants into the Danube River and casting a special spell involving cat dung and a dead dog.
Jose Demartinez, 35, was hospitalized in Manchester, N.H.
With police in pursuit, he had climbed out a hotel window using tied-together bed sheets, but they came undone, and he fell four stories.
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