July 23, 2015
Romanian Music Fest Gives Free Tickets In Exchange For Blood
Bucharest, Romania (AP) Romania is tapping into the Dracula legend, offering concert-goers free tickets in exchange for their blood.
The campaign is part of a push to increase blood donations in a country where only 1.7 percent of the people donate blood.
Adrian Chereji, marketing director for the UNTOLD Festival, said Monday the “Pay with Blood” campaign, jointly organized with the National Blood Transfusion Institute, aims to raise public awareness.
Mobile blood collection units will be set up in 42 Romanian cities for 10 days this month. Donators in Bucharest and Cluj will be eligible for free tickets for an electro-dance music festival in the Transylvanian city of Cluj. Cut-price tickets will be offered to donators elsewhere.
Transylvania is the home of the fictional blood-sucking Dracula featured in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel.
When Stealing An ATM, Be Sure To Go Easy On Those Bumps
Lynnwood, WA (AP) Snohomish County authorities say two thieves suspected of stealing an ATM machine from a business made it as far as the parking lot, but the machine fell out of the getaway van. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Monday that deputies have recovered the ATM machine. Deputies believe the machine fell out of the van when the men drove too fast over a speed bump. The suspects drove away without it. Deputies found the van idling Monday morning. It had been reported stolen from Kent.
Suspect Leads Police On Slow-Speed Scooter Chase
Carson City, NV (AP) A suspected drug dealer tried to evade authorities in Nevada while riding a scooter.
The Nevada Appeal reports that Joseph Scurti is facing charges including suspicion of a parole and probation warrant and probation violation. Obstruction charges are pending.
The slow-speed pursuit began Friday when Carson City deputies tried to pull Scurti and his TaoTao scooter over.
Deputies say they ran the scooter’s registration and learned Scurti had two outstanding felony warrants.
Authorities say he drove down Highway 50 then rode onto a sidewalk, hitting a patrol vehicle.
The scooter then became stuck underneath the car.
Deputies say Scurti then ran but was tackled and handcuffed.
Scurti told police he was riding away because he had to drop the scooter off at a friend’s house.
Boston Bus Driver Treats Passengers At Lemonade Stand
Boston (AP) A Boston bus driver made a new group of friends by surprising passengers with a treat to help brave the sweltering heat: He made a stop at a child’s lemonade stand.
Boston.com reports 49-year-old John Lohan first asked riders if they would mind. With no one in a hurry, the passengers agreed and Lohan treated each to one 50-cent cup of lemonade from the West Roxbury stand on Thursday.
The Jamaica Plain resident says he noticed the lemonade stand a little over an hour before and decided he would ask passengers about stopping on his next trip.
Lohan says the timing was right, because there were only a half-dozen passengers and he was near the end of his route. He says it’s likely the last time he does it.
California Woman Offers Home As Prize In Dessert Contest
Antioch, CA (AP) A Northern California woman is offering a sweet deal on her 1906 Craftsman home in Jackson. She’s trading it for a great dessert.
The Contra Costa Times reports that Erin Allard is hosting a dessert contest with the 2,267-square-foot century-old home as the grand prize. The four bedroom, two bathroom home has been restored and is valued at $390,000.
She says she opted for the competition because it can take months to sell a home in rural Jackson.
Allard, who is a licensed real estate agent, has spent weeks checking details and legalities to make sure the competition goes off without a problem. The contest will be judged by a panel of food experts. Those looking to apply have until Sept. 7 to submit a $100 entry fee and a million-dollar recipe.
Footbridge Saved From "Dawn
Of The Dead" Movie Location
Monroeville, PA (AP) The last visible feature of a suburban Pittsburgh mall that appeared in George Romero’s 1978 zombie classic “Dawn of the Dead” is being given new life.
A small footbridge from the Monroeville Mall will be removed and taken to the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
The footbridge is being taken down as part of a multimillion-dollar renovation meant to revitalize the mall about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Romero has said he chose a mall for much of the film’s undead action to serve as social commentary on mindless commercialism.
It wasn’t immediately clear where or how the footbridge will be displayed at the museum, which focuses on western Pennsylvania history. The bridge will be packed up and moved on Wednesday.
Swiss Army Moo-ves Out To Keep Cows Cool
Berlin (AP) Cows sizzling under Switzerland’s summer sun are getting help from an unexpected ally: the Swiss army.
Soldiers have been ordered to help keep cows in the far west of the country cool amid a weeklong heat wave.
Army spokesman Urs Mueller says troops are erecting eight artificial reservoirs in the Jura mountains to supply cows with drinking water.
Mueller said Tuesday that Super Puma helicopters will scoop water out of nearby lakes and fly it up to pastures.
The army last took on similar missions during the 2003 European heat wave that killed thousands of people.