Thursday, August 20, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

'Angry Neighbors With Paintball Guns'
A group of Durham N.C. residents taking aim at speeders with the threat of a paintball gun said Tuesday that they are "amazed and gratified at the reaction."The group, Angry Neighbors With Paintball Guns, posted signs at strategic locations throughout the city, warning motorists to slow down or risk being shot at with a paintball gun.
The group does not say if the signs are meant to serve only as an attention-grabber or if it plans to shoot paintballs at vehicles.
"We received top story coverage on local television news, more than half a dozen requests for interviews from local media outlets, and generated hundreds of comments on blogs, media Web sites and Facebook," according to an e-mail from a group member, who declined to release his or her name. "We received numerous requests from individuals who wish to receive their own copies of our sign."
Kammie Michael, a Durham police spokeswoman, said it’s a crime to shoot a paintball at a vehicle and that the signs could be a distraction for some drivers and make the problem worse.
Man stole motorbike - part by part
A Chinese man was arrested for stealing a motorcycle - part by part over five years from the factory where he worked.
Zhang, an assembly line worker in a motorcycle factory in Chongqing, had always wanted his own motorbike but could never afford one.
He started stealing parts from the factory warehouse and assembling them at home in 2003, reports the Chongqing Times.
"I don't have that much money, so I came up with the idea of taking the parts home and assembling them on my own," said Zhang.
After five years, he had finally built himself a brand new SUV motorcycle and proudly started driving it on the road.
But, almost immediately, he was pulled up by police who discovered that he had no driving licence or paperwork for the bike.
Zhang admitted theft and was fined the equivalent of £440, put on probation for a year, and ordered to return the motorcycle to the factory.
Funeral home mix-up: family mourns wrong body
The blue suit and black boots were right, but mourners at a retired Philadelphia trucker’s funeral were staring at the wrong body.
Relatives of 80-year-old Kenneth "Tex" Roberts had spent two hours greeting mourners at a South Philadelphia church Tuesday before the funeral home admitted it had sent the wrong body. It then rushed to replace the casket.
The relatives had been suspicious all along that the body wasn’t his.
Rhonda Wearing, Roberts’ 52-year-old daughter, says the man looked older than her father. And she says the person had been killed, while her father died of a heart attack.
Wearing calls the mix-up traumatic.
The funeral home declined to comment.
Man finds out parking can be a pain in the butt
Stabbed in the buttocks over car park space
A man was knifed in the buttocks following a fight over a car park space in Sydney's west last night.
Police said the 26-year-old got into an argument with a woman over a park space at a Parramatta shopping center about 8pm.
The man took the park and went inside to do his shopping, while the woman, still outside, called two friends on her mobile phone.
Police allege two men soon arrived at the shopping center and went inside to find the 26-year-old, challenging him in the food court.
Police said the two men then assaulted the 26-year-old, stabbing him in the buttocks and bashing him.
The two men fled the shopping center on foot, while the 26-year-old was treated by paramedics. He was taken to Westmead Hospital and was in a stable condition today.
Police said they reviewed CCTV footage in the center and later arrested two men.


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