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It’s an insult! Ozzy Osbourne wants an apology from the Cass County, N.D., sheriff for staging a preconcert sting operation in the rocker’s name without his permission. Osbourne claims his reputation was tarnished when Sheriff Paul Laney invited 500 people with outstanding warrants to a phony party before the rocker’s concert at a nearby arena. More than 30 showed up and were arrested. “Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back, Sheriff Laney should be apologizing to me for using my name in connection with these arrests,” Osbourne said. “It is insulting to me and to my audience and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job,” Osbourne said. Laney said he meant no disrespect but that it’s his job to arrest people with outstanding warrants. “Three people called to say, ‘I got one of those letters. Since you’re being so creative, I’m turning myself in. Give me a court date,’ ” Laney said. � Associated Press When justices take up the pen Justice John Paul Stevens served in the Navy communications intelligence unit at Pearl Harbor during World War II, it’s true. But contrary to a profile of him in the Sunday New York Times Magazine, he did not “help break the code” on a Japanese military operation. Stevens wrote to the magazine recently to correct that and other “certain misunderstandings” contained in the article. The missive recalled another time when Stevens wrote a letter to the media � this one in 1991, addressed to Dave Barry, the humor columnist. Recalling Barry’s interest in “exploding cows,” Stevens alerted Barry to Beano, the anti-flatulence food additive. That, of course, prompted Barry to write a column about the justices’ own digestive systems, billowing judicial robes � we trust the reader gets the picture. Then there was the time in 1992 when the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote to the Washington Post to correct a crossword puzzle clue � although later, another reader corrected Rehnquist. And in 2000, NLJ affiliate Legal Times got an angry letter from Justice Antonin Scalia, describing an article it had published as “characteristically Mauronic,” turning reporter Tony Mauro’s name into an adjective � a rare honor. � Legal Times Zen and billables A healthy, fresh-cooked breakfast, a well-equipped gym, onsite massages and manicures. It sounds like a brochure for a fancy day spa, or a come-on for a dot-com-era startup, but it’s a Los Angeles law firm. Liner Yankelevitz Sunshine & Regenstreif has added the lifestyle features to ease attorneys’ stress and maximize efficiency � after all, time not spent picking up your own dry cleaning is time that can be billed to clients. “There’s more productivity, people have better health, and they’re in better spirits,” said firm founder Stuart Liner. Patricia Oliver, who came to the firm a little more than a year ago from Heller Ehrman, said that from its light-filled space to the veggie breakfast burritos, there’s something about it that makes her feel healthier. “It feels like a place of healing,” she said. “When I see my friends from Heller, they say ‘You look completely different: relaxed and happy.’ “ � The Recorder Sacred, profane Thou shalt not use a church’s telephone to call a sex hot line, saith police in Clarkstown, N.Y. A homeless man has been accused of breaking into a church by picking a lock so he could dial a sex line. James Macnair was arraigned before Clarkstown Justice Scott Ugell on charges of burglary, possession of a burglar’s tools and petty larceny. He admitted he had sinned before, breaking into another church days earlier for the same reason, the judge said. A church treasurer found Macnair on the phone both times. The first time, when he was in an office, she told him to leave, but the second time, when he was in a basement area used as a nursery for children, she called 911. A desk officer at the jail said it wasn’t possible to put Macnair on the phone to speak to a reporter. � Associated Press

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