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Opening Arguments


New York may have had its Soup Nazi, immortalized in a few "Seinfeld" episodes, but Indiana had the Cone Nazi:

Elinor May Everett Stingley, who served up ice cream and admonishments to locals and celebrities alike during her half-century as the strict "Cone Lady" at a park-side ice cream shop, has died at age 101.

Stingley, who died Tuesday, became a local legend known as the "Cone Lady" for her 51 years of serving up ice cream cones at Original Frozen Custard, a Lafayette landmark that opened in 1932 next to the city's Columbian Park.

She oversaw the store's cone window well into her 90s and was known for telling customers, "We do not mix flavors" and for refusing to serve anything but cones if a customer seeking some other treat appeared before her.

To those customers she would simple declare they were in "a cone line only" -- and she made no exceptions, her granddaughter, Aleeah Livengood of Mulberry, told the Journal & Courier.

That's the kind of thing that sounds cute and charming from a distance, but it was probably maddening to encounter. And speaking of quaint Hoosier characters, I wonder if this uninvited guest will grow up to be one, or even make it to 30:

A woman who wasn't invited to her sister's wedding reception showed up anyway and attacked the bride, pulling out clumps of her hair, police said.

Annmarie Bricker, 23, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery, The Times of Munster, Indiana reported Friday.

Jeremy Glotzbach told police he was hosting a reception for newlyweds Nicholas Landry and Lori Kappes at his home on Jan. 23 when Bricker, Kappes' sister, attacked Kappes on the front porch.

Bricker pulled out clumps of Kappes' hair, struck her head and took the bride to the ground during a struggle, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department

After the incident, the story said, Bricker resigned from her job -- as a Porter County sheriff's dispatcher. Don't know why -- she's probably very good at the job. "You called us for a lousy car accident? Take care of it yourself, you jerk."