Thursday, April 14, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Ohio police chief cancels hundreds of tickets
Motorists are off the hook for more than 900 speeding tickets automatically issued by a mobile police camera in southwest Ohio.
The camera had been stationed in a park in Hamilton on April 2 at the same time a youth soccer tournament, the Mid-American Soccer Classic, was being held.
Police Chief Neil Ferdelman tells that he canceled the tickets because of the tournament, which he says drew many out-of-towners who were unaware the camera was in use.
The tournament's director says there would have been consequences for next year's event if Hamilton had decided to pursue the tickets.
At $95 each, the 900 tickets would have totaled more than $86,000. The chief says 70 of the tickets were mailed. Those motorists have been sent letters telling them: never mind.
Cooking oil mess gives city the smell of french fries
Approximately 30 gallons of used cooking oil has been spilled over several streets in Cranston, Rhode Island city, leaving behind the smell of french fries.
Cranston Deputy Fire Chief Keith Newman said that the soybean oil was kept in 5-gallon containers that apparently fell off a truck. Firefighters found the containers in four spots around Cranston.
The cooking oil was spilled along an entire block of one street, a mess left for environmental officials to clean up.
Two year old served at Olive Garden
Olive Garden restaurants are making changes after a toddler was served alcoholic sangria instead of orange juice at a Florida location.
News of the incident comes after an Applebee's in Michigan accidentally served a margarita to another toddler.
Orlando, Fla.-based Darden Restaurants says the mix-up happened March 31 in Lakeland.
Jill VanHeest says she took her 2-year-old son Nikolai to the hospital after his eyes turned red and dilated and he began acting up. She said he was given fluids and released a couple hours later with no lasting effects.
VanHeest's attorney contacted the news media in Florida after reports of the Applebee's incident this week.
Olive Gardens said it will now mix sangria individually to order, instead of in batches as it had before.

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