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Published: Tue, October 9, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

ODDLY ENOUGH

In Sweden, man sneaks in, does time for convict friend

STOCKHOLM

A man convicted of smuggling in Sweden outwitted his jailers by sneaking in a friend to serve most of his yearlong sentence, prison officials said recently.

The identity of the false convict was discovered only when he’d been released on probation after serving about two-thirds of his friend’s sentence “sometime in 2008 or 2009,” said Elisabeth Lager of Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service.

Lager said the in-lieu convict came to serve the sentence with a false ID — a driving license in the name of the smuggler friend but with his photograph.

She declined to name either man or give more details about the switch.

An international arrest warrant was issued for the real convict earlier this year, Lager said, but declined to comment on why it took police more than three years after the switch was discovered to issue the warrant.

It was not clear if the smuggler’s friend would be punished for misleading prison authorities and assuming a false identity.

The convict, who never served his term, was sentenced for a series of smuggling offenses in southwestern Sweden in 2008.

Several media reports said he had fled to Asia and had paid his friend for his “prison-sitting” service.

Crickets, worms on the menu for Philly museum event

PHILADELPHIA

When a natural-history museum throws a party, it figures that some unusual food might end up on the menu.

Interested in noshing on crickets, worms and farm-raised python?

If so, then the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia has an event for you.

It’s hosting an adults-only cocktail party Oct. 27 called “Cuisine From the Collections.”

While many of the living plants and animals represented in the museum’s 18 million research specimens already are food for other species, most aren’t your typical kitchen staples.

Other menu items will include seaweed, buffalo and rabbit.

The food is by the museum’s caterer and chefs and students from Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Tickets are $100 for nonmembers.

Proceeds benefit the 200-year-old institution’s mission of scientific research and exploration.

Associated Press


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