Americana: A Fine Flap

Many a man has been corrupted by fine feathered friends, but one of the issues in the breakup of Robert and Dorothea Curley's marriage must be unique. Dorothea, 38, filed for divorce in Chicago after 18 years of marriage, three children and, at last count, 35 ducks. During a support hearing, she complained that the ducks her husband kept as pets upset the neighbors with their noise and untidy habits.

A sympathetic judge issued a court order for the removal of the birds in May. But last week Robert, 41, a former Chicago cop, told the judge that when he tried to...

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