Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Apology for email with female officers' bra sizes
Indianapolis police commander issued a personal apology to 13 female officers after their bra size; height and weight were included in a departmental email.
"We made a mistake," Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham said. "We want to hold ourselves to the highest professional standards. The measurements should not have been included."
The email was sent to 37 commanders and was intended to tell supervisors to inform their officers that their new protective vests were ready to be picked up.
Attached to the email, however, was a spreadsheet listing the names and sizes of 91 officers, including the chest and waist sizes for 13 women whose vests needed special tailoring, Cunningham said.
United hails its 10-million-mile traveler
A Chicago-area auto sales consultant has become the first United Airlines frequent flyer to log 10 million miles in the air.
Tom Stuker of Bloomingdale, Ill., sets the record somewhere over Iowa on United Flight 942 from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Champagne was popped during the flight, and when he landed at O'Hare, United Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smisek and other executives welcomed him with the first titanium Mileage Plus membership card. His name also was painted on the fuselage of a Boeing 747 jet, after already adorning one of United's 777s.
14 million bees were spilled on Idaho highway
Cleanup crews in Idaho have finished clearing honey and an estimated 14 million bees that got loose after a delivery truck overturned on a highway.
Fremont County Sheriff deputies say several workers were stung during the first few hours of the cleanup.
Some observers report seeing a strange black cloud and roaring noise above the spill area before realizing it was a massive swarm of bees.
Authorities say a truck was hauling the bees from California to North Dakota when the driver veered off the shoulder, tipping more than 400 hive boxes and honey.
Crews worked all day removing the honey from the roadway, though deputies say a significant amount of bees were still buzzing.
Sheriff selling pink underwear to the public 
The Arizona sheriff famous for making prisoners wear pink underwear is introducing a Spanish-language version of the shorts he sells to the public.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio began issuing pink underwear to inmates more than 15 years ago to cut down on theft. He began selling them to the public after speaking about them on national television.
The versions that went on sale are imprinted with "Vamos Jose!" The original shorts, also $15, feature a sheriff's star and a "Go Joe" logo.
"Vamos" translates to "We go" in English. A similar-sounding word, "Vamanos," means "Let's go!" in Spanish. A more accurate translation of "Go Joe!" would be "Andale, Jose!"
Woman attacks with frying pan when she was refused a razor
A North Naples woman is accused of hitting her live-in boyfriend on the head with a frying pan after he refused to let her use his razor.
Collier County deputies arrested Mary G. Batson, 22, of the 11000 block of Windsong Circle, at home on a battery charge.
Batson’s boyfriend, with whom she has a child, told deputies that his girlfriend became angry with him when he refused to let her borrow his razors to use in the shower.
According to the arrest report, Batson began attacking her boyfriend while he attempted to hide the razors. After first being clawed and scratched by the woman on his face and chest, the victim told deputies that his girlfriend then grabbed a frying pan and hit him on the head with it, leaving significant cuts on his face.
Batson stated that she slammed the pan against the counter during the altercation but denied striking him on the head with it, according to reports.
Strip Search at a Strip Club
Four exotic dancers and two female bartenders in Daytona Beach, Fla., this week were awarded $195,000 in federal court to compensate them for illegal strip searches conducted during a drug raid at a gentlemen's club.
The women who endured the improper searches will each get $5,000, while their lawyers are the big winners, banking $165,000.
Besides using a search warrant the judge ruled was illegal, the strip searches took place in front of 20 male police officers or, as it happens, 91 percent of the city of Daytona Beach Shores public safety officers, given the city's Web site says there are 22 public safety officers on the police force.

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