January 8, 2015
Plea To Save Knavery,
Flapdoodle And Rapscallion!
Detroit (AP) As a new year dawns, a Detroit university wants to bring worthy words back from the brink.
Knavery, you say? Well the word for “a roguish or mischievous act” is among 10 phrases that comprise Wayne State University’s annual Word Warriors list.
The 2015 edition of words worth reviving was released Monday. It also includes “caterwaul,” which means a shrill or wailing noise; “rapscallion,” meaning a mischievous person; and “flapdoodle,” or nonsense.
While this list giveth back to culture, another taketh away. Word Warriors comes days after Sault Ste. Marie’s Lake Superior State University released its List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.
That list seeks to scrap a dirty dozen, including “bae,” “foodie,” and “hack.”
Both universities accept nominations online.
Rodgers’ Lucky Charm Belongs To Sideline Technician
Green Bay, WI (AP) A beard grown by a communications technician who works on the sidelines during Green Bay Packers home games is getting a lot of attention.
The 9-inch beard belonging to Jeremy Wilcox has become a good luck charm, of sorts, for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback has been giving the red beard a gentle tug at each home game ever since Rodgers spotted Wilcox and his hairy chin early this season.
Some Packers fans are convinced the beard had something to do with Green Bay’s undefeated record at home during the regular season.
Wilcox has been deluged with interview requests after Rodgers was seen giving the beard a tug during the Detroit Lions game on national TV Sunday. Wilcox is taking it in stride, saying, it’s “just guys having fun.”
Charges Dismissed Over $60K Found By Remodelers
Washington, PA (AP) Four home remodelers no longer face criminal charges for spending $60,000 they found hidden inside a western Pennsylvania home.
The Washington Observer-Reporter reported Tuesday that theft and related charges were dismissed earlier this month.
A judge said the four were working as under-the-table laborers, fixing up an unoccupied house, when they found the money hidden in a second-floor dormer. The newest bills dated to the 1980s.
The men were working for a contractor who had bought the home from a dead man’s estate. The men didn’t report their find and split the cash. The contractor learned of the money and reported them to police.
The judge says that because the money’s owner can’t be readily identified, the four can’t have the intent to deprive the owner of the cash.
Officials Tell Family To Scale Back Luxe Treehouse
Granite Bay, CA (AP) Northern California authorities are telling a Placer County couple to prune back their deluxe treehouse.
Mike and Pat Splinter’s 500-square-foot treehouse features a full kitchen, a bathroom and all the plumbing. The Animal Planet cable network highlighted the structure last month in the show “Treehouse Masters.” The episode featured the Splinter family making hard candy for Christmas in the treehouse kitchen. But Placer County deputy planning director E.J. Ivaldi tells the Sacramento Bee that the family already has a full guest cottage on their property.
Because of that, authorities say the treehouse’s full kitchen, and mattress, must go. “They can use it for entertaining,” Ivaldi said. “What the county approved was a residential accessory structure. For the purpose of them being able to do a TV show, they were allowed to build a kitchen with the understanding that the kitchen would come out.”
A noted national treehouse designer, Pete Nelson, built the Placer County masterpiece for more than $60,000. The treehouse’s owners have not yet commented on the county’s order.
Wild Ride For Arizona Bobcat Stuck In Car Grille
Scottsdale, AZ (AP) An Arizona bobcat may have used up one of its nine lives after it survived getting stuck inside an oncoming car.
Arizona Game and Fish Department spokeswoman Lynda Lambert said that the bobcat appears to have escaped any serious injuries and is awaiting evaluation by a veterinarian at an animal sanctuary in Scottsdale.
Officials say a couple driving in Scottsdale on Friday night hit the bobcat after it darted into their path.
Upon reaching their destination, the man inspected his Mazda sedan and saw the very much alive animal trapped in the plastic grille.
Game and Fish employees sedated the 7-pound animal and removed it.
Lambert says the bobcat will be released back into the wild. Officials say its survival is a New Year’s miracle.
Woman Sues Over Use Of Her School Photo On Novelty Flask
Santa Fe, NM (AP) A New Mexico woman is suing a novelty products maker over a flask that includes her likeness and the phrase, “I’m going to be the most popular girl in rehab.”
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Veronica Vigil alleges in her in federal court that Anne Taintor Inc. obtained and used her high school graduation picture from 1970 without her permission.
The lawsuit says the Brooklyn, New York-based company then defamed Vigil by linking her image to a product that makes light of substance abuse.
Court documents say the Chimayo, New Mexico, resident is an active church member and doesn’t consume alcohol or drugs.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.
A spokeswoman for Anne Taintor Inc. said the company does not comment on pending litigation.