Bishop’s lesson in disguise
A Mormon congregation in Utah encountered someone they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. However, the man was a bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At least five people asked David Musselman to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent. He said he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his congregation a lesson about compassion. “The main thing I was trying to get across was, we don’t need to be so quick to judge,” Musselman told KUTV-TV. Musselman walked to the pulpit during the service and revealed his identity, taking off his wig, fake beard and glasses.
No prison for pianist
A court has acquitted a pianist facing seven years in prison on charges of causing psychological damage and noise pollution. Public prosecutors demanded a custodial sentence for Laia Martin, 28, over her piano playing. Martin’s neighbor, Sonia Bonsom, complained she suffered anxiety from hearing eight-hour practice sessions, five days a week, between 2003 and 2007. Bonsom told the court that Martin’s practice schedule disrupted her sleep patterns and led her to develop serious anxiety issues. Prosecutors reduced their demand for jail time from seven years to 20 months. According to a written ruling issued on Tuesday, the court absolved Martin of the charges. The judge expressed disapproval that the case had gone as far as it had.
Female drivers evil: cleric
The grand mufti said a ban on women driving in the conservative Persian Gulf state protects society from “evil,” in remarks published in the press on Thursday. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, in a speech delivered on Wednesday in the western city of Medina, said the issue of giving women the right to drive should not be “one of society’s major concerns.” The kingdom’s most senior cleric called for “the matter to be considered from the perspective of protecting society from evil,” which, according to him, included not letting women drive.
Prison for slayer of family
A businessman who butchered a Chinese family of four in Britain was told he would likely die in jail as he was sentenced on Thursday for the frenzied revenge attack. Chinese national Du Anxiang (杜安祥), 54, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court in central England to life in jail with a minimum term of 40 years. “These were cold-blooded murders which, in my view, were premeditated and were considered acts of revenge in which you wiped out an entire family,” judge Julian Flaux said as he passed sentence. He told Du: “You will grow old, if not die, in prison.”