Julie Pyle’s DirecTV installation was taking so long she decided to bake cookies for the installers. Sadly for Julie, the installation would not end with snack time. Julie was led at gunpoint out of her Savage, Minnesota home, ordered to the ground and handcuffed. Why? Her DirecTV installer had joked to his dispatcher that they were being “held hostage until they were done.”
July 1st. An Albuquerque S.W.A.T. team storms the male-only Pride Gym. Machine guns drawn, flash bangs readied, the rainbow-painted door splinters inwards. A dozen girlish screams ululate in unison; glitter and tear gas fills the air. As the skylight burst inwards, SWAT members rappel down from a hovering stealth copter and a song apropos ushers from the Jukebox: It’s Raining Men by the Weather Sisters, only to be silenced by a single shotgun blast.