RICHMOND, Ky. – The father of a baby girl says the Kentucky infant survived with just a scratch on the head after a sport utility vehicle crashed into her room and came to rest atop her crib.
Kenneth Enright told Lexington station WKYT-TV that the SUV barely missed his 10-month-old daughter when it crashed Monday morning into his home in Kirksville, central Kentucky.
Enright says the Toyota 4-Runner tore a gaping hole through a wall and he quickly ran into the room where he heard his daughter crying. He says he found the infant just inches away from the SUV’s front tire and adds she had her hands up “like, get me out of here.”
Authorities say it appeared the driver lost control, adding the crash is considered an accident.
ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian opposition party accused its political rivals of sabotage on Tuesday after its vice presidential candidate was forced to make an emergency landing due to a runway invasion by rams and goats.
Fola Adeola, vice presidential candidate for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and other party chieftains made the forced landing, damaging their plane, after airport staff in the northern city of Bauchi failed to control the beasts.
“Is it possible for President (Goodluck) Jonathan … to be involved in such a situation where the runway he is to land on will be filled by rams,” campaign spokesman Ibrahim Modibbo said, adding Adeola and others on board had “narrowly escaped death.”
“We suspect sabotage,” he said in an emailed statement, calling for an immediate investigation.
Former anti-corruption chief Nuhu Ribadu, the ACN’s presidential candidate, had to remain in the air for over an hour in another plane before the runway was cleared.
Africa’s most populous nation holds elections in April. Past polls have been marred by irregularities, but they have tended to involve ballot-stuffing and fraud rather than farm animals.
(Reporting by Joe Brock; editing by Nick Tattersall)
CONWAY, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Chronically tardy and truant high school students in Fall River, Massachusetts may think they’re having a nightmare when they are aroused at sunrise on Wednesday by their principal’s voice.
“It’s 6:15 and it’s Durfee High School calling,” booms the voice of Principal Paul Marshall of B.M.C. Durfee High School in a pre-recorded call set to ring through to about 500 of the school’s 2,400 students, Vice Principal Ross Thibault said on Tuesday.
The so-called “robo-calls” are aimed at rousting the worst-offending sleepyheads from bed and getting them to school on time.
Robo-calls are typically used to notify parents of weather-related school delays and cancellations.
Durfee joins the ranks of U.S. schools taking on the added role of alarm clock to combat high rates of tardiness and absenteeism, including New Bedford, Massachusetts and Chicago, Thibault said. In New York City, the wake-up calls feature the voice of former professional basketball star Magic Johnson.
FORT WALTON BEACH — A man and woman were arrested March 5 after they were caught stealing seafood from a restaurant cooler.
According to a Fort Walton Beach Police report, 40-year-old Joey Kevin Lindsey and 52-year-old Sam Foster Wheat — who are both listed as "at large" — were caught on video taking items from a cooler at Bay Cafe.
The report says a delivery was made to the cafe with eight containers of crab fingers and 10 containers of other seafood items.
The men were seen on the video tape with one acting as lookout and the other swiping the food and the restaurant's cooler. Only the cooler lid was left.
Lindsey and Wheat were later located with the cooler and crab meat, which they offered to the officer. Since the food could not be used, the restaurant lost $165.50 worth of goods.
The men were charged with retail theft for the third or subsequent time.
Despite going on almost 700 blind dates in three years, a Chinese Communist Party official says he has failed to find true love - because women only want to know how much he earns.
Zhang Xuyang has talked about his plight on several television shows and received hundreds of thousands of visits to his website.
Since leaving the People's Liberation Army in 2008, the 32-year-old from the eastern province of Henan has gone on at least four, and sometimes five, dates every week.
Now a low-level official in the local government in Henan, he said China's materialistic society meant that many of the women he met were only interested in whether he owned his own car and house.
Two neighbours in the US state of Mississippi drew weapons and fired at each other as an argument over a defecating dog ran out of control.
Associated Press news agency said Jerry Blasingame, 60, has been charged with assault for shooting Terry Tehnet, 52, with a shotgun.
Mr Tehnet was angry because he thought Mr Blasingame's dog had defecated on his lawn, in a rural part of the state.
Mr Tehnet, whose injuries are not life-threatening, may also be charged.
The two men gave AP different versions of what happened.
'Meet me at the levee'
Mr Tehnet said he visited his neighbour to complain about dog "poop" on his property.
ALL hail Lord Cheesus - the holy apparition that appeared in a pizza.
In a purported "miracle'', the face of Jesus Christ has appeared on a three-cheese pizza made at Posh Pizza in New Farm, Brisbane.
And the image can be yours to enjoy.
The shop, in the city's Fortitude Valley, has put the slice on eBay, and as of this morning bidding was up to $65.
All proceeds raised will go to a charity to be decided once the pizza is auctioned.
Posh Pizza's Maree Phelan said her pizza oven was seemingly blessed with the presence of Jesus Christ, who chose a three cheese pizza as his medium.
Phelan isn't convinced it's the son of God, but she's certain it got there on its own.
"I can definitely say this isn't a fake,'' she said.
"The three-cheese pizza always comes out with very different colours.''
It's already proven a good luck charm.
Feminists around the world have reacted with horror to a new line of lingerie that comes equipped with a GPS tracking system.
The ‘find me if you can’ range of underwear has been described as a modern-day, high-tech chastity belt.
‘It is outrageous to think that men can buy this, programme it and give it to their partners and then monitor them,’ said Claudia Burghart, leader of a Berlin feminist group.
‘It is nothing more than a chastity belt for insecure men.’
Lingerie maker Lucia Lorio of Brazil says her design targets the ‘modern, techno-savvy woman’.
The lingerie combination set consists of lace bodice, bikini bottom and faux pearl collar, with the GPS device nestled in the see-through part of the bodice next to the waist.
‘This collection… is a wink to women and a challenge to men because, even if she gives him the password to her GPS, she can always turn it off,’ Lorio said.
‘It’s not a modern chastity belt. Some men think they can keep tabs on their girlfriends with it, but they’re wrong,’ she added.
Unconcerned with the controversy her collection has raised, Lorio is also dismissive of the global financial crisis and its adverse impact on luxury items sales.
The GPS lingerie sells from a cool £500, complete with a standard Global Positioning System, to £700 with a more advanced model.
‘Some women are now interested in buying it for protection,’ she said, programming it for partners themselves so they are safe on a night out alone.
‘In London, New York, Rio de Janiero – wherever there is danger, the underwear may prove to be a lifesaver,’ she added.
But feminists in her homeland have called her a modern-day slaver and urged women to boycott the GPS underwear.
The regulation of hypnotherapists in the UK is so lax that even a cat can become accredited, the BBC has found.
Chris Jackson, presenter of Inside Out in the North East and Cumbria, registered pet with three industry bodies.
Each one accepted a certificate from the non-existent Society of Certified Advanced Mind Therapists as proof of George’s credentials.
It follows a similar investigation by an American clinical psychologist.
Dr Steve Eichel suspected industry bodies in the US were not running checks on their members.
He said: “I felt I’d test my hypothesis and I did that by getting my cat certified by a number of the most prominent lay hypnosis organisations in the United States. It was a frighteningly simple process.”
In the UK, George was registered with the British Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (BBNLP), the United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists (UFH) and the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (PHPA).
The UFH welcomed the Inside Out investigation and admitted the mistake, which it said has since been corrected.
A PHPA spokesman said the organisation makes great effort to ensure every applicant is a fully-qualified hypnotherapist.
The BBNLP said it exists only to provide benefits to its members, not to check or certify credentials.
Source: BBC News
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – An American rights group is suing the police in Pennsylvania for issuing tickets, which carry a jail sentence, to people for swearing.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the lawsuits earlier, argues that the right to use profanity is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
“Unfortunately, many police departments in the commonwealth do not seem to be getting the message that swearing is not a crime,” said Marieke Tuthill of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “The courts have repeatedly found that profanity, unlike obscenity, is protected speech.”
Obscenity, under the Supreme Court’s definition, refers to speech that mainly appeals to the “prurient interest” in sex, according to the ACLU.