Good week/bad week
Good week for:
People who like beer, who for the first time since 1935 can now buy normal-strength beer in Oklahoma grocery stores, instead of the “low-point” beer with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent. “It’s kind of a brave new world for everybody,” said Brett Robinson, president of Beer Distributors of Oklahoma.
Country lawyers, after a court in Maine agreed to grant a defendant’s request for a delay of trial on the grounds that he’d been attacked and injured by a moose. His lawyer, John Steed, described the ruling as “basically the highlight of my legal career.”
Ordering in, after Irish prison officials discovered a trove of empty food containers from a local Chinese restaurant in an exercise-yard trash can. “There’s no other conceivable way a Chinese takeaway could get into the prison other than by a drone,” an official said.
Bad week for:
North Carolinians, who are facing a plague of mosquitoes hatching in floodwaters left behind by Hurricane Florence, including members of the species Psorophora ciliata, which are the size of a quarter and have a bite that feels “like you’re being stabbed.”
Modern dogs, with new research suggesting that dogs crave eye contacts and become depressed and anxious when their owners spend too much time staring at smartphones.
Name recognition, after a new poll found that about a third of voters do not know the names of their own party’s candidate for Congress in November. That doesn’t much matter, said political science professor Marc Hetherington, since “people aren’t voting for their side as much as they are voting against the other side.”