Monday, June 15, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Arizona Drunk Drivers Face Arrest at Fast Food Joints
Drunk drivers in Tucson, Arizona with the late-night munchies may soon be getting more than chicken strips at drive-through windows.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department has a new campaign targeting drunken driving. Operation Would U Like Fries, or Operation WULF, will put undercover deputies inside 24-hour fast-food restaurants to spot impaired drivers placing their orders.
Sgt. Doug Hanna, a DUI unit supervisor, says if deputies notice someone with classic symptoms of impairment — slurred speech, red or watery eyes or beer breath — they will have a uniformed deputy stationed outside pull the driver over.
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Big Hearted Loser
Loser Orlando Baresi had been sacked (fired), divorced and evicted but wanted to do some good when he decided to end it all.
Before he hurled himself from the balcony of his flat in Milan, Italy, he wrote: "I have the heart of a 20-year-old, please use it to save someone else."
But doctors rejected the heart after he caused massive chest injuries in the fall.
"He just couldn't win. Fate seemed to have it in for him even at the end," said one neighbor.
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Father and Son Pastors Plead Guilty to Stealing $3.1 M From Church
A father and son, both pastors, have been sentenced to two years in state prison for stealing $3.1 million from their Orange County church.
Prosecutors say 76-year-old Richard Cunningham of Moreno Valley and his son, 52-year-old Philip Cunningham of Laurinburg, N.C., pleaded guilty to felony grand theft and fraud charges Friday. Philip Cunningham also pleaded guilty to forgery.
Over five years, prosecutors say the Cunninghams stole from Calvary Baptist Yorba Linda Church and School bank accounts, and used the money to buy time shares in Hawaii and Palm Springs, golf club memberships and a Cadillac.
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Nebraska Mom Attempts to Sell Her 18-Month-Old on Craigslist
Nebraska officials have taken custody of an 18-month-old after the child's mother tried sell the boy online at Craigslist.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says charges have not yet been filed against the mother.
But state officials took the child into foster care late Friday to make sure the boy's safe.
The text of the ad said the woman is a methamphetamine addict and the boy deserves a mom who is not an addict.
The woman said in the ad her son needs help before she does something crazy.
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Brother Pushes Sister Out of Fast-Moving Car After Argument
Baltimore County police say a Woodlawn man accused of pushing his sister out of a moving car onto the Baltimore beltway has been arrested.
Witnesses tell police that 30-year-old Kareena Jeneya Hall and her 35-year-old brother were arguing as they traveled on the outer loop of Interstate 695 around 6:45 p.m. Sunday.
As the Toyota Camry approached the Security Boulevard exit, police say Hall's brother pushed her onto highway without slowing.
Police spokesman Cpl. Mike Hill says Hall was listed in critical condition at Shock Trauma on Monday.
Police went to Hall's home and saw a Camry pull up. Police determined Hall's brother was driving when she was ejected from the car. Police expect to charge Hall's brother Monday.
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'Dead' woman wakes up in morgue
An 84-year-old Polish woman woke up in a hospital morgue after being declared dead by her doctor. 
The error was noticed only when someone saw her body bag in the morgue moving, police said.
The woman, from the village of Jablonowo, fell unconscious and her husband called an ambulance.
A doctor from the emergency medical services pronounced her dead, a police spokesman said.
"A funeral company took the body to the morgue. Several hours later, a worker there noticed the bag containing the body was moving," he said. "He called a doctor who noted the woman's vital functions had returned."
The woman was taken to hospital in the nearby town of Zwolen and placed in intensive care. Police have launched an investigation.
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Man had broken leg for 29 years
An Essex businessman has discovered he has been walking around with a broken leg for 29 years.
Steve Webb, 49, broke his left leg in a motorbike crash when he was 20 but has now found it never healed, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Webb, a plumbing merchant from Dagenham, only discovered he still had the injury after it showed up on a hospital scan.
He had feared the leg might have to be amputated under the knee but instead he is about to have an operation to stretch the broken bone back together.
"I think it's extraordinary. Everyone tells me that having a broken leg for nearly 30 years is unheard of," he said.
"I've had trouble with my leg ever since the accident but I was repeatedly told the bone had healed so I carried on walking on it."
Five years after the accident he was still in pain. Doctors then found his leg was still broken so they put it in a metal plate.
Mr Webb had the metal plate for 24 years, then last year he suddenly had pains in his leg again. Scans showed an infection in the bone and when the metal plate was removed the bone was still broken.
He will now have a metal Ilazarov frame fitted around his leg and foot to stretch the bone 1mm each day for seven to nine months. Then he will be in plaster for a further three months.
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1 comment:

Rich said...

Arizona Drunk Drivers Face Arrest at Fast Food Joints This plan did not work out as well as the sheriffs department had hoped. The fast food restaurants declined to participate.
http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2009/06/14/20090614drunkmunchies.html