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    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more unfortunate tattoo than the one Jeffrey Chapman, for whatever mysterious reason, found possessed to get at some point in his life. In less than one week, the 32-year-old Kansas man is set to stand trial on first-degree murder charges for the 2011 killing of Damon Galliart. And Jeffrey's concerns extend beyond whatever evidence prosecutors have against him -- one look at the enormous "murder" tattoo he has spelled backwards around his neck and you can understand why he's terrified that members of the jury will make up their minds about him before lawyers even begin to state their cases.

    Jeffrey has a request that he believes is totally reasonable and fair: he'd like to have his tat removed prior to his appearance in court. But not everyone agrees it's within his right to have this done.

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    More than 60 emergency responders, including a SWAT team, swarmed a house in New York after police received a call from someone claiming to be a 17-year-old boy who had just killed his mother and brother. The caller contacted police over Skype yesterday afternoon to say he was Rafael Castillo and that he had not only murdered his family members, but was prepared to shoot even more people. The caller even provided police with his address.

    But when cops responded, they discovered everything was just peachy keen. Rafael's mom was alive and well -- making coffee in the kitchen -- while his brother had just returned home from lunch. And where was Rafael? Doing the one thing that gave police some idea of who may have been behind the vicious prank call that cost its department $100,000 -- he was playing video games. 

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    A 17-year-old girl driving home from a late night out with friends fell out the backseat window of an SUV, hit her head on the pavement, and was then struck and killed by the SAME vehicle. Lelys Leyva-Monreal, a junior at Arlington High School in Texas, was in the backseat of a friend's SUV sitting beside her boyfriend when the incident occurred. The group was traveling home from a nightclub when Lelys' friends say the couple began fighting. It's unclear at this point whether the teen was purposely trying to jump out of the vehicle or if she had been hanging her head and body out of it and fell by accident. Once she fell and struck her head, the SUV ran her over and then her friends reportedly fled the scene.

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    A 16-year-old girl was killed while sleeping in her bed after a 20-year-old man reportedly crashed his SUV into her family's apartment building in California. Police believe that Roberto Rodriguez had been drunk when he was driving his Nissan Pathfinder at 80 miles per hour at around 4 a.m. He crashed into an apartment building, killing the young girl and damaging two units.

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    Newsflash! Some people just need to lighten up, seriously. 

    Francis Schmidt is a teacher of art and animation at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. He did something so not outrageous and so not threatening that the aftermath seems not just unjust, but silly. Mr. Schmidt posted a photo of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a Game of Thrones T-shirt and he was suspended from his job. What? Huh? And no, this is not some kind of joke. This really happened.

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    A 9-month-old baby died after his father says he accidentally forgot to drop him off at the babysitter's in the morning and instead left him in the car for hours while he went to work. The incident, which is one of so many similar stories it's becoming difficult to keep track of them all, took place on Wednesday in San Jose, California, where temperatures soared to 81 degrees.

    The father, who works for a vending machine company from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., was supposed to drop his baby off at his sister-in-law's house. He says there was a "misunderstanding" and he forgot to do so. When he returned to his vehicle after work, he was reportedly inconsolable after discovering his baby was unconscious from the heat and that he was responsible. The child was declared dead shortly after paramedics arrived on the scene.

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    And in today's episode of Teenagers Do the Darndest Things, we have three teen boys who are going to cost taxpayers in Portland, Oregon major money: They trespassed and one decided to go and urinate in the city's reservoir. The fact that a young boy chose to relieve himself in a major, important body of water rather than, oh, I don't know, waiting and using a public toilet is reason enough to make you shake your head and wonder. Now consider the consequence of their actions: city officials are going to have to dump 38 million gallons of potentially contaminated drinking water thanks to their thoughtlessness.

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    Two years ago, Catalina Clouser smoked marijuana at a friend's house before placing her 2-month-old on the ROOF of her car and driving 12 miles to her home before she realized the infant was not actually in her car. Sounds like a parent's worst nightmare, doesn't it? Something you could totally picture yourself doing while in the midst of major postpartum fatigue? The difference is Catalina was under the influence of drugs and let this affect her decision-making abilities when it came to her child.

    Thankfully, her baby was found in the middle of a Phoenix highway by a passerby and was completely unharmed. Catalina, who is now 21, pleaded guilty to child abuse and DUI and was recently sentenced -- to a mere 16 years of probation.

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    On Tuesday a woman, Ana Trujillo of Texas, was convicted of murdering her boyfriend with a stiletto shoe. She stabbed him 25 times in the face with a 5 1/2 inch blue stiletto heel. On Friday, at the punishment phase of her trial, Trujillo's lawyer argued that it was a crime of passion fueled by self-defense and pleaded for a light sentence to reflect that. He asked for two to 20 years. The jury felt differently.

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    You would think someone who spends his time doing something as illegal -- and disgusting -- as exchanging images of children having sex would be an absolute genius at hiding his vice. Lucky for all of us, 61-year-old Michael Murray is not that savvy and will now get exactly what he deserves for his immoral actions. The man recently dropped off his laptop at a Best Buy store in New York to be repaired, but failed to delete a slideshow of young girls having sex with older men -- which popped up when one of the store's technicians rebooted his computer.

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