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In politics, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again ... and maybe change your name to Cesar Chavez?

That's the tactic being employed by one Arizona congressional candidate, who came up short in previous runs for political office under his given name Scott Fistler.

What's the story behind Cesar Chavez (the candidate, not the legendary labor activist) and can you really change your name to Cesar Chavez just to try to win an election?

When does a boy become a man in the eyes of the law? In one Russian courtroom, it apparently depends at least partially on the size of your genitals.

A boy suspected of theft, whose family claims is only 13 years old, is set to be tried as an adult after an examination of his teeth and his genitals led doctors to believe he was actually between 16 and 17, a Russian newspaper reports. In Russia, the age of criminal responsibility is 16, according to The Moscow Times.

While the Russian judge's way of assessing age may be questionable, how do courts in America decide when to try juveniles as adults?

Bear-Feeding Woman, 81, Arrested for Feeding Birds

An elderly Florida woman has moved on from feeding bears to feeding birds, in violation of probation.

81-year-old Mary Musselman was on probation for feeding bears. Now she's being held without bail for violating her probation by feeding crows, Tampa's WTVT-TV reports.

If you're an animal lover, you might think this is mean. But when you learn why she was arrested, you might feel otherwise.

Man's 'Olive Garden' Rap Lyrics Lead to Murder Conviction

Rap lyrics served as evidence in a murder trial stemming from a fatal altercation at an Olive Garden in South Carolina.

Gonzales "Snoop" Wardlaw, 22, was sentenced to life in prison Friday in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Thomas T. Hoefer after a pot deal went awry. He boasted about the murder in rap lyrics.

The lesson here is clear: never underestimate the power of words -- or hubris.

Jailed 'N.J. Weedman' Gets to Smoke Pot 10 Days Per Month

Ed Forchion -- who made headlines for his unsuccessful attempt to legally change his name to -- finally scored a court win. Soon, he'll score some pot, too.

Although Forchion was convicted of pot possession in New Jersey, he recently received court approval to spend 10 days every month in California to -- you guessed it -- smoke medical marijuana, according to The Trentonian.

The process is called a medical furlough.

A Wyoming man's penis sketch may have cost him his unemployment benefits, with his old employer arguing that the penile Picasso isn't owed anything.

David A. Dell was fired by Teton Motors in May 2013 for allegedly handing a business card with a "drawing of a penis on the back" to a female customer in late 2012, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Can Dell be denied unemployment checks over a doodle?

'NOT SEE' License Plate Revoked; Bus Driver Suspended

A vanity "NOT SEE" license plate -- with the separate image of a swastika above it -- caused a San Diego Unified School District bus driver to be suspended and the license plates to be yanked by the DMV.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles canceled the "NOT SEE" license plates -- which, when pronounced, sounds like the word "Nazi" -- and asked the owner, Shawn Calpito, to return them.

But who gets to decide when vanity plates are too offensive?

'N. Colo.' Secession? What a Split Vote Means for '51st State'

Ever heard of North Colorado? Well, someday you just might. A recent secession vote thwarted a group's efforts to secede from Colorado and form "North Colorado," the country's would-be 51st state.

Sure, we love to threaten secession when politics (or elections) don't go our way. But is it actually possible to secede?

Breastfeeding Mom Charged With Contempt Over Jury Duty

A breastfeeding mom in Missouri is being held in contempt of court for showing up to jury duty with her child.

But was the breastfeeding mother actually entitled to a jury duty exemption?

After Dog Ate Their Money, Treasury Dept. Reimburses Couple

Dogs have moved on from eating homework and on to dining on Benjamins. One Montana couple's dog ate money valued at $500 -- how's that for expensive taste?

But as the owner said, "It all comes out in the end" -- literally and figuratively.

Thankfully, the U.S. Treasury can save the day when your dog eats your homework cash.