June 25, 2015
Aquatic Creatures Turn Out For Coney Island Parade
New York (AP) Tens of thousands of revelers turned out Saturday for Coney Island’s 33rd annual Mermaid Parade despite gray skies and steady drizzle.
“If it starts raining, we’re all fish people,” said Joe Coddington of Queens, who was wearing a crab hat and a shirt that said “butter me up.” He added: “We come from the sea. It’s even more fun.”
Lia Perotta of Brooklyn said she has dressed as a mermaid every year for 10 years.
“It’s all about the glitter today,” she said.
The parade, which began in 1983 and takes place on the Saturday closest to the first day of summer, is a mix of seaside honky-tonk and family fun.
Burlesque dancer Julie Atlas Muz was this year’s Queen Mermaid. Actor Mat Fraser was King Neptune.
Mayor Bill de Blasio caused a stir in 2014 when he showed up in a puffy-shirted pirate costume. He did not attend this year.
No Joke: College In Boston To Offer Major In Comedy
Boston (AP) Emerson College in Boston will soon offer a degree in making people laugh.
The communications and arts school said Wednesday that starting in September 2016, it will become the first college to offer a four-year bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts degree.
The degree will be grounded in the history and theory of comedy with practical learning and a focus on preparing students for careers in comedy performance, writing and production.
The degree is in response to what Emerson calls the “marked rise of comedy’s impact on American culture and its global influence.”
President Lee Pelton says “the new major will combine an academic focus with hands-on opportunities.”
Emerson’s alumni already famous in the comedy world include Jay Leno, Denis Leary, Steven Wright and producer Norman Lear.
60 Pizza Makers Create Nearly Mile-Long ‘Pie’ In Milan
Rome (AP) The wait was on the long side for the pizza -- 18 hours -- but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long.
More than 60 of Italy’s best pizza-makers worked through the night to create the pizza at Milan’s world fair, Expo 2015. Their toil was rewarded with a proclamation by Guinness World Records judge Saturday that it was the world’s longest pizza.
Expo organizers said the record-setting pie, made with 1.5 tons of mozzarella and 2 tons of tomato sauce, weighed some 5 tons in all.
The creation topped the record of a 1.1415-kilometer-long pizza made in Spain.
Fair-goers could eat slices of the Milan pizza for free. Slices of long, rectangular pizzas with various toppings are a popular street food in Italy.
Newlyweds Win $15M From Scratch Off Ticket
EASTHAM, MA (AP) Newlyweds from Cape Cod are planning to buy a house, pay off student loans and buy a truck after winning $15 million on an instant scratch-off ticket.
WCVB-TV eports that Stacy and David Foster, of Orleans, who were married May 1, went to a store on Route 6 in Eastham on Saturday and asked for a $30 Supreme Millions ticket from a machine behind a different register.
The clerk told the Fosters the register was closed and said they’d have to choose a ticket behind an active one since ticket sales are tracked separately.
The Fosters claimed their $15 million grand prize Monday and went home with a one-time payment of $9.75 million after taxes.
The store will also receive $50,000.
Bank Robber Stops For Biscuit, Next Stop...State Prison
Greensburg, PA (AP) A man who was arrested for robbing a western Pennsylvania bank when he stopped to eat biscuits at a nearby restaurant will spend two to four years in prison.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 32-year-old Shane Lindsey, of Arnold, was sentenced by a Westmoreland County judge on Wednesday after pleading guilty.
Lindsey was arrested about 20 minutes after he robbed the Citizens Bank in downtown New Kensington on Jan. 14.
That’s when witnesses saw a bald man matching Lindsey’s description run toward a restaurant after the heist. Police knew the business had surveillance video and went inside to view it hoping for clues as to where the suspect went only to find Lindsey eating at a booth.
Police say Lindsey used the restaurant’s bathroom to discard a coat and hood he wore during the robbery.
‘Win An Inn’ Essayists Say Contest Wasn’t Fair
Center Lovell, ME (AP) Police are investigating whether an innkeeper violated state law in an essay contest in which her 210-year-old country inn was the prize.
The investigation focuses on whether the “Win an Inn” contest violated state law governing games of chance, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday.
The Boston Globe reported Monday that some contest losers felt the odds were stacked against them. The newly formed Center Lovell Contest Fair Practices Commission says inn owner Janice Sage marketed the contest as open to all regardless of background but awarded the prize to a couple with hospitality business experience in the Virgin Islands.
“In short, Janice Sage was advertising a contest for ‘dreamers’ who would never have the chance to own an inn and restaurant, and then handed the prize to just such a business owner,” Kelley Prass Collins, who founded the group, told the Globe.
The 68-year-old became owner of the inn the same way by winning an essay contest 22 years ago.