And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
The Price of Safety
You can't put a price on safety.
Well -- you can when it includes the price of bike racks and rechargeable flashlights.
A new Inspector General's report finds -- the agency in charge of protecting federal buildings -- is wasting more than $2.5 million a-year on vehicles for its officers.
The report says the Federal Protective Service has leased 100 more vehicles than it has officers -- and is paying for SUV's instead of standard Sedans.
The upgrades are said to cost $20,000 per vehicle.
Panhandler or Police?
A Maryland police officer posed as a homeless man -- as part of a sting operation to catch motorists who were texting while driving.
The officer stood on the side of the road in a jeans and hoodie with a sign that read "I am not homeless.
I am a Montgomery County Police Officer looking for cell phone texting violations."
When he spotted an offender -- he radioed to a uniformed officer -- to pull that person over.
Police issued 56 traffic citations and 22 warnings -- during the two-hour sting.
A Witch and a Warlock
A witch and a warlock went to court -- and no -- that's not the beginning of a bad Halloween joke.
A woman -- who runs a Salem, Massachusetts witchcraft shop and leads a pagan church -- won a protective court order today -- for harassment allegations against a man calling himself world's best-known warlock.
The witch accused the warlock of harassing her online and over the phone for the past three years.
The two are former business associates.
Despite being a self-proclaimed psychic and clairvoyant -- the witch had been unable to stop the aggressive actions -- saying she has been abused, intimidated and harassed.
The warlock denied making the calls -- before storming out of the courthouse.