MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Hello! The week kicks off in Florida, where today George Zimmerman—the notorious gunman who just four months ago was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old that Zimmerman claims to have fatally shot "in self-defense"—was arrested after allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend. As CNN reports, Zimmerman was arrested this afternoon at 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe's home in Apopka, after Scheibe called 911 to report the dispute that allegedly ended with Zimmerman aiming a shotgun at her face. "According to a police report about the incident, Scheibe said that after an argument, Zimmerman broke a table with a shotgun and then pointed it at her 'for a minute,'" reports CNN. Tonight, Zimmerman will be held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, where, among other things, he'll be served divorce papers from his estranged wife, Shellie. Tomorrow, Zimmerman will appear in Seminole County Court, where a judge will find probable cause for Zimmerman's arrest on charges of aggravated assault, battery, and criminal mischief. And oh yeah: "A prosecutor revealed a new allegation against Zimmerman while trying to argue for a higher bail—that Zimmerman tried to choke his girlfriend a week and a half before Monday's alleged shotgun incident," reports CNN. "The new allegation is not reflected in the preliminary charges. But Judge Fred Schott cited the choking accusation when he put the bail at $9,000, saying it prompted him to set it higher than the $4,900 requested by the defense." With the bail comes restrictive conditions, including three can'ts (Zimmerman can't contact Scheibe, can't travel outside Florida, and can't possess weapons) and one must (he's required to wear a monitoring device). Next week, a police search of Sheibe's home (where Zimmerman had been staying) will turn up five weapons (including an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle) and more than 100 rounds of ammunition. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 In some other kind of news, the week continues on the internet, where one of the world's most profitable companies is taking heat for offering employees penny-pinching pointers in lieu of a living wage. Ground zero of the hubbub: the McDonald's McResource Line, "a dedicated website run by the world's largest fast-food chain to provide its 1.8 million employees with financial and health-related tips," as ThinkProgress reports. On the page "Digging Out from Holiday Debt," employees are advised, "Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash." Elsewhere, the site offers help for employees applying for food stamps before veering into mock-worthy callousness with advice like "Breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full" (which sounds like survivalist wisdom to be whispered among prisoners in a gulag, not something provided by an employee website). "McDonald's employees are some of the most underpaid workers in the country," writes ThinkProgress. "The company's cashiers and 'team members' earn, on average, $7.75 an hour, just 50 cents higher than the federal minimum wage. Responding to rising living costs, many stores have staged walk-outs, strikes and protests, demanding a living wage." For all those striking/protesting/walking out (or merely just stressing out over meager wages), the McResource line has some advice: "Quit complaining. Stress hormones levels rise by 15% after 10 minutes of complaining."
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 In worse news, the week continues in Hamilton, Ohio, where yesterday brought the discovery of a 23-month-old baby wandering alone in an alley barefoot, wearing wet pajamas, and holding a cup of beer with a bug in it. Today, parents Nicholas and Elizabeth Latta turned themselves in on five counts each of child endangerment. "Officers went to the girl's home and found four other children living there," reports the Hamilton Journal-News. "The home had no electricity, no running water, and inadequate food supply. Animal feces was throughout the residence. Police said the home is unfit for habitation and the children were removed."
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 The week continues at a figurative crossroads, where Last Days must choose between two stories to feature. On one side: the goofy tale of how New York Times columnist Frank Bruni found a lost cell phone in a New York City cab and stealthily determined that it belonged to none other than Courtney Love. (The odds! The near-mystical connection! And yet, who cares?) On the other side: a really twisty story about a guy in Arkansas who was arrested today after accidentally "butt-dialing" the man he was allegedly planning to kill, thus allowing his alleged intended victim to overhear a 90-minute conversation during which the butt-dialer allegedly gave a third man instructions on how to execute the hit. Arrested today, the unlucky and allegedly murderous butt-dialer sits in Craighead County Detention Center, awaiting a probable-cause hearing scheduled for early next week.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Nothing happened today, unless you count the 50th anniversary of the worst presidential motorcade in history.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 The week continues in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, where today Jay Leggett, a comedian who once produced a documentary about the joys of deer hunting, bagged himself a deer and soon after collapsed and died. Details on the vaguely karma-scented scene come from CNN, which reports: "Leggett, 50, collapsed and died next to his all-terrain vehicle... A deer that Leggett had killed was strapped to the ATV." Condolences to all.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Nothing happened today, unless you count the birthdays of original Beatles drummer Peter Best (born on this day in 1941), original Blondie drummer Clem Burke (1955), Warhol star and transgender icon Candy Darling (1944), and Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy (1961), or the death days of American actor Pat Morita (died on this day in 2005), Spanish gorilla Snowflake (2003), and global superstar Freddie Mercury (1991).