Sarah Larimer

Your Lede of the Day (Allegation and Alligator)

Er … okay ...

Authorities in Florida have arrested a man accused of throwing a live alligator through a restaurant’s drive-through window.

(Chokshi and Larimer)

If the lede isn’t strange enough, there is the detail:

Once approached by authorities, James admitted to having picked up the alligator along the side of a road, driving to Wendy’s and throwing the beast through the drive-through window.

A judge on Tuesday ordered James to stay away from all Wendy’s restaurants, to avoid possessing any weapons, to get a mental health evaluation and to limit his contact with animals to his mother’s dog, according to WPTV.

James’s parents described him to the TV station as an outdoorsman and harmless prankster, adding that he viewed famous crocodile hunter and conservationist Steve Irwin as an idol.

At some point, this really does start to sound like a farce that never should have seen a green light. For the suspect, Mr. James, and everyone else ranging from inconvenienced to terrified in the moment of dealing with an alligator chucked through the window, reality unfortunately reminds that this is apparently not some script for the next Will Ferrell movie.

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Chokshi, Niraj and Sarah Larimer. “Assault with a deadly weapon: Florida man charged with throwing alligator into Wendy’s”. The Washington Post. 9 February 2016.

Another Reason to Simply Trade Out the Holiday Season for a Three-Week Orgy

Three sentences.

Bud Williams, city councilor in Springfield, Mass., stood in the court square earlier this week and participated in a holiday tradition.

“Jesus is the reason for the season,” Williams said at a Tuesday ceremony, according to MassLive.com.

His remarks wouldn’t really be notable, except that Williams was speaking at a menorah lighting ceremony, to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.

Sarah Larimer of the Washington Post tries to explain those sentences for us. Nor do we envy her the task.

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Larimer, Sarah. “‘Jesus is the reason for the season,’ politician says. At a menorah lighting ceremony for Hanukkah.” The Washington Post. 18 December 2014.