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July 2, 2015

New Rainbow Crosswalks Support LGBT Community

Philadelphia (AP) Rainbow-colored crosswalks have been painted in a gay neighborhood of Philadelphia known as the Gayborhood.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the walkways made up of six red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet stripes are in support of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The crosswalks appeared Thursday morning. Backers say they were planned for some time.

Independence Visitor Center employee Albert Lee says the crosswalks show tourists that Philadelphia is a gay-friendly city.

The rainbow crosswalks will be dedicated at the Annual Reminders Block Party on July 5 honoring the 50th anniversary of the first wave of U.S. LGBT rights group demonstrations.

For Sale: Former Prison With Mountain View, Sleeps 540

Moreau, NY (AP) For sale: A 325-acre New York property containing more than 100 structures atop a mountain offering spectacular views. Sleeps hundreds.

And one more thing: It’s a former prison.

The economic development office says July 7 is the deadline to submit bids to turn the prison in the Adirondack foothills into a new enterprise.

The state closed the medium-security Mount McGregor Correctional Facility last summer as part of a plan to shut down four prisons because of declining inmate populations.

It’s located in the Saratoga County town of Moreau (MOHR’-oh), just north of Saratoga Springs.

Some of the buildings date to 1915, when the site was home to a tuberculosis sanitarium. It was turned into a state prison in the 1970s.

McGregor’s dormitories and cells could sleep more than 540 inmates.

Grenade Shaped Perfume Bottle Leads To Evacuation

Cincinnati (AP) A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told reporters that the bottle was shaped like a “pineapple” hand grenade and was in a woman’s suitcase.

The building was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and then closed for the rest of the day after a suspicious item was noted in a security screening.

Sheriff’s official Jim Knapp said earlier that something “didn’t look right” in the screening. A bomb-sniffing dog was brought over, and authorities evacuated the courthouse based on its response.

Neil says that he isn’t sure what prompted the dog’s response. He says no charges are expected.

Car Thief Forgets One Vital Item: Gasoline

Plainfield, PA (AP) Police say a New York City man driving a stolen car took the wrong road and ended up lost and without gas in Pennsylvania.

State police say 26-year-old Cristian Osorio left Queens early Friday and was headed to Syracuse, New York.

State police tell The Morning Call Osorio got lost and ended up on the side of Route 33 in Plainfield, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. That’s when a state trooper arrived to help and discovered the car was stolen.

Osorio is held on $15,000 bail, charged with receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Racetrack Cancels Races Due To Running Deer

Erie, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania thoroughbred track has canceled its racing card again as officials deal with deer running onto the track during races.

One deer ran onto the track at Presque Isle Downs & Casino on Sunday, cutting in front of the lead horse during the fourth race. Four other races scheduled for that afternoon were canceled as a precaution, even though the deer didn’t collide with any horses, the Erie Times-News reported Tuesday.

Officials also canceled racing cards for Monday and Tuesday while they looked for solutions. “We’re taking this very seriously,” casino vice president and general manager Jeff Favre said. “The last thing we want is a jockey or horse to get hurt due to deer.”

Sunday’s incident wasn’t the first involving deer, however, and jockeys said they’re becoming concerned. Five deer also interrupted the third race on June 22, prompting officials to cancel the final five races that day, track spokeswoman Jennifer See said.

“This is a very troubling situation,” said Heriberto Rivera, East Coast manager for the Jockey’s Guild.

“It’s not as easy as one might think, and we’re working diligently to figure out what that long-term solution is.”

See, the track spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return a call for comment Tuesday about when racing will resume or whether any deer prevention measures have been approved.

Ex-Homeless Man With Golden Voice Running For President

Columbus, OH (AP) A once-homeless Ohio man whose smooth radio voice made him an Internet sensation says he’s running for president as an independent. Ted Williams was propelled into the spotlight in 2011 after he appeared in a video by The Columbus Dispatch panhandling on a highway ramp with a sign advertising his golden voice. The video’s millions of views led to national television appearances and earned Williams numerous voice-over jobs.

Williams announced his plans this week on Scott Spears’ “Now” radio program on WWGH-FM in Marion.

Williams says he hasn’t established a campaign staff and won’t elaborate on fundraising efforts. He says he plans to focus on fair housing, veterans’ issues, jobs and improving schools.

He says he’s recently been appearing at corporate events and public speaking engagements.

Man Forgets Glasses, Mistakenly Buys Winning Lottery Ticket

Fairfield, CT (AP) A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier.

Bob Sabo, of Easton, says he didn’t want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield, so he decided to buy a ticket from a lottery vending machine‚ something he had previously never done.

Sabo says he meant to buy two $20 tickets, but says he didn’t have his glasses on and instead bought a $30 ticket. When he got home, he discovered the ticket was a winner.

The store will receive $300 from CT Lottery for selling the top prize winning ticket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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