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Trouble-Maker of the WeekHome Depot fired Brad Reynolds, 27, from its store in San Jose, Calif., explaining that his passion for recycling interfered with his work. Although Home Depot does recycle cardboard, it said Reynolds went through the trash separating other recyclable items, then took them home to be collected by the city. "I thought I was doing the right thing," Reynolds said, noting that he recycles even broken light bulbs and the cardboard from rolls of toilet paper.Undomesticated AnimalsThe plight of alcoholic donkeys in England prompted Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen to open a retreat where they can sober up. Explaining that the usually docile animals turn aggressive after their owners introduce them to drink, she noted one donkey, which had been trained to pick up a half-pint of beer with its lips and drink it in one gulp, ended up attacking the owner's wife. "We had a group of three donkeys who came in here from a pub that was closed down," Svendsen said. "They had been fed on Guinness and potato chips." Urinating dogs in Tiburon, Calif., keep shorting out a $20,000 sidewalk lighting system, costing the town $200 a month. Public Works Director Tony Iacoppi said canines can't resist the foot-tall lights, which illuminate the downtown Shoreline Park walkway. "All it takes is one dog to pee on it and then it's over," he said. "Every dog in the world wants to pee on them. They are corroding all the fixtures and all the wiring." Six hundred Japanese snow monkeys have been roaming south Texas for five years because the South Texas Primate Observatory, which imported 150 of the free-breeding animals in 1980, lacks the $105,000 needed to fix the electric fence around the 58-acre facility. When some landowners in the popular hunting region south of San Antonio complained that the growing monkey population was raiding their deer feeders and rummaging through hunting blinds and ranch houses, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued a memo reminding the landowners that there is no state or federal law against killing the animals. "We're not advocating people go out and shoot monkeys," Matt Wagner, the agency's nongame program leader, said, but "it's legal to do so if they wish."Dashed HopesIn Florida, Steve Trotter was forced to postpone his attempt to leap from St. Petersburg's 60-story Sunshine Skyway bridge two weeks before the scheduled stunt when he fell out of a tree and broke his neck.One for the Wizard The state of New Hampshire declared that Thomas Talbot, 22, couldn't get a new heart because he already had a brain. When Talbot suffered heart failure in May, Children's Hospital in Boston wouldn't proceed with a needed heart transplant until it was assured he would receive essential care after the operation. Although his IQ of 73 indicates borderline mental retardation, the state ruled Talbot is too smart to qualify for assistance.Hot off the PressPants-maker Savane has invented Teflon-coated pants, according to GQ magazine, which reported they repel stains but "aren't exactly velvety soft on one's backside."New Theories of RelativityA grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, accused Veronica Russell, 25, of endangering her 2-year-old daughter by walking into an elementary school cafeteria and placing her in a 425-degree oven. School employees removed the child, but not before she suffered second-degree burns to her back, arms and hands. Brian Nemeth, 16, was convicted of murdering his mother by shooting five arrows into her neck and head while she slept on a couch in their Wintersville, Ohio, home. He admitted killing her but was acquitted of the more serious charge of aggravated murder after he explained, "I don't remember anything after I let the string go" with the first arrow. Authorities accused Aaron Flick Hodge, 17, of murdering his mother, stepfather and stepsister, then throwing nightly parties at his home in Rector, Ark., while the bodies decomposed. "He had them all week," said Scott Mitchell, 17, who attended three or four of the parties. "Day and night." When people started asking about the odor, 14-year-old neighbor Nick Green explained, "If you were inside, he would say that a cat had died. If you asked him about (the odor) outside, he would say it's just sewage backed up." In Oxford, Miss., William Douglas Hinson, 71, and Teresa Jean Hutcheson, 31, were sentenced to five-year prison terms for plotting to have a hit man kill her husband and make it look like a hunting accident. In addition to being Hinson's lover, Hutcheson is his granddaughter and the mother of his two children. Court officials said Hinson has been having sex with Hutcheson since she was 11. "In my 20 years on the bench, I thought I'd seen everything," U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers said. "But this is the most sordid case I've ever seen, where the great-grandfather is also the father of his great-grandchildren.Willkommen. Not!Friedrich Gross, former deputy manager of the German National Tourist Board's New York City office, sued the board last May for $30.8 million, claiming he was fired for opposing the office's discriminatory policies. He described the 42nd Street office as a nest of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism, where neo-Nazi flags were hung in the mail room and employees were directed in writing to discourage Jews, blacks, Latin Americans and Asians from visiting Germany. Two months earlier, the Frankfurt-based tourist board, which is privately run but gets 85 percent of its money from the German government, recalled office manager Henning Schreiber after two women workers filed harassment suits. One of them said Schreiber once suggested that she pose for a tourism brochure in leather with a whip. Also in May, office staffer Elke Berg was fired for writing articles denying that the Nazis committed mass murder and stating that millions of Jews who died during the war were simply victims of disease brought on by bad hygiene.

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