November 26, 2015
Dad Whose Selfie Video Was A YouTube Hit Back In Vegas
Las Vegas (AP) The clueless Irish dad whose accidental selfie video of his Las Vegas vacation was watched by millions is back in Sin City to get a do over.
This time, it’s a two-way Go Pro camera and the full VIP treatment paid for by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The first video has more than 7 million views since 20-year-old Evan Griffin edited together clips of his father, Joe Griffin, pointing out Las Vegas Strip landmarks while the camera was focused squarely on himself. Evan Griffin also added the Benny Hill theme song to the YouTube video and mocked his father as a country bumpkin in the caption posted Nov. 13.
The latest video posted by tourism officials Friday shows the two-day father-son trip that started Thursday.
But this time, he’s delighted by his Mirage hotel suite and VIP activities, including at the TAO nightclub, SlotZilla zip line across downtown Las Vegas and on a nighttime helicopter tour.
“Dear god above in heaven‚ my name in lights, show girls, champagne, CO2 fog, all the things. And I was the center of attention. It was slightly unnerving but wonderful at the same time,” said Joe Griffin, a married father of four.
800 Dogs, Cats Flown Places With Better Odds Of Adoption
Los Angeles (AP) Some 800 dogs and cats from California animal shelters have something to be thankful for this holiday season a free ride to other states where they have a better chance of finding homes.
The animals left Los Angeles aboard 22 airplanes Friday. They’re heading to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Illinois and Wisconsin in an airlift organized by the Wings of Rescue group.
The departure of an additional 200 animals was pushed to Saturday because of wind damage at their destination shelter.
Wings of Rescue pilots donate their time and planes for the Holiday Airlift, which takes animals from crowded shelters to no-kill facilities elsewhere. The group has relocated more than 16,500 pets in five years.
Co-founder Yehuda Netanel says everyone feels accomplished after an airlift but wishes they could take more animals.
Woman Accused Of Prostitution Says She Offered ‘Free Fun’
Mount Joy, PA (AP) A central Pennsylvania woman accused of running a prostitution service out of her home says she charged only for massages, and that any sex that occurred with clients afterward was just “free fun.”
Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Sweigart faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 18 on charges she was operating illegally.
But the Mount Joy woman, who posted ads offering “massage and stress relief” says she charged $50 for massages, but didn’t solicit payment for sex.
She says anything that happened when the massage stopped becomes two consenting adults having fun. Sweigart went on to explain that she’s simply an “open-minded, sexual person who connected with men who were unfulfilled.”
Police have also charged a man and another woman who, they say, operated a Craigslist page used to advertise for Sweigart’s clients.
Condo Board Wants Pet DNA To Track Down Poopers
Destin, FL (AP) Some Florida condo owners are steaming after their homeowners association asked them to submit their dog’s DNA in order to fine owners who don’t pick up after their pets.
Harbor Landing residents said they received a letter last week and some feel it’s an invasion of privacy. The letter asked residents to register their dogs and cats with the association through a DNA test, citing a significant increase in the amount of animal feces found throughout the property recently, including inside the elevators.
The News Herald reports pet owners would have to pay for the DNA test, registration fee and any potential cleanup fees.
Condo officials say it’s a voluntary process and that the measure is only meant to help keep the property clean.
That’s A Lot Of Coins: Mayor Tries To Pay $4K Fine With Coins
Hialeah, FL (AP) Talk about some loose change.
A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels‚ that’s 28 buckets full of coins‚ to pay a $4,000 ethics fine.
Instead of accepting the change, the ethics commission doubled the fine for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, saying he intentionally broke the rules because he knew the panel only accepted checks. And now the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust is suing the mayor.
The commission ruled in July that Hernandez lied about interest rates on a $180,000 loan to a jewelry salesman now jailed for a pyramid scheme.
El Nuevo Herald reports that Hernandez has called complaints against him a “political circus” and described commission members as “clowns.”
Woman Reunited With Dog That Vanished 7 Years Ago
Hamilton, OH (AP) A Tennessee resident reunited with her dog that disappeared seven years ago from her old home in Ohio says she can’t even describe how happy she was to see her pet.
Mishka was 3 years old when she vanished from the backyard of owner Paula Graff’s home in Hamilton. But Graff had an identification microchip implanted under the skin of the small dog described as part Pekinese and part terrier.
“She’s my heart. She always has been. That’s why I never gave up,” Graff told WLWT-TV in Cincinnati.
Graff was reunited with Mishka on Tuesday after the Animal Friends Humane Society in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati, called her home in Sunbright, Tennessee, to say her dog had been found through the facility’s routine scanning of strays for microchips.
Graff said the dog had been there a few days before the scanning located the microchip.
“Normally it’s on the back of the neck, but her chip had slid down on her side and they finally found it,” Graff said.
Fetty Wap Throws Wads Of Money Over Balcony To Fans
Paramus, NJ (AP) Rapper Fetty Wap gave fans a run for his money this weekend, tossing wads of cash over a balcony at a New Jersey mall to the delight of screaming onlookers.
Videos posted to social media show the Paterson native throwing money Saturday as he walked through the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus. The rapper posted on Twitter that he was so happy to be shopping with his daughter that he threw $2,000 to fans. He tweeted: “never no who needed it.” Wap’s real name is Willie Maxwell. He’s had a breakthrough year with multiple hits, including the pop smash “Trap Queen.”
His self-titled debut came in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this month, and his other Top 10 pop hits include “679” and “My Way.”