The D.C. area’s most bizarre news

December 8, 2013

Karen O’Donnell was strolling the Georgetown Waterfront after a late lunch last month when she spotted children gliding around on the Washington Harbour ice rink. Then she noticed these penguins, which help kids who are learning to skate keep their balance. (Karen O’Donnell / For Express)

UNOFFICIAL RULES

Hitting Other Cars Is Only OK When Parallel Parking

An inebriated Arlington teen damaged at least six cars last month in what began as an apparent attempt to park in the yard of a garden apartment, ARLnow reported. The 18-year-old drove up an incline twice, each time rolling backward, first into an empty car, then into an occupied car, according to Arlington Patch. When police arrived, the teen tried (and failed) to escape, hitting more cars, including a police cruiser.

STING OPERATIONS

Get In, Buy Beer, Get Out

A Falls Church woman’s in-home cantina was busted last month, NBC4 reported. Police, ABC agents and the Health Department raided Ruth Zarita’s home, seizing cups, bags, boxes and 62 bottles of Corona. Before the raid, an undercover agent bought two meals and a six-pack of beer. Zarita did not have a license to sell alcohol.

NANNY STATE

Berger Cookie Addicts Must Be Protected From Themselves

Baltimore’s beloved Berger cookies could face extinction if the FDA bans transfats, contained in the cake-like, fudge-slathered delicacies, Capital News Service reported. Last month, DeBaufre Bakeries President Charles DeBaufre Jr. said the bakery has tried two versions of the cookie without transfats, and they were “nasty. … It’s an entirely different product.”

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