August 27, 2015
Defense Lawyer Skips Hearing So Wife In Labor Won’t Kill Him
Pittsburgh (AP) A Pittsburgh defense attorney got a hearing postponed at the last minute after convincing a judge that his wife’s labor was a matter of life or his death.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Marc Daffner was granted a continuance Thursday after filing a blunt request with a Pittsburgh City Court magistrate.
It read: “Defense counsel’s wife went into labor at approximately 11:15 a.m. today, and defense counsel will be killed by his wife if he does not get to the hospital immediately.”
Daffner says the district attorney and judge agreed to the move. His client is charged with receiving stolen property.
Daffner says, “I didn’t have a legal reason for the continuance, but that was the truth.”
Daffner’s staff couldn’t immediately confirm Friday whether his wife had given birth.
Dog’s Warning Tipped Family To Nevada House Fire
Spanish Springs, NV (AP) A Spanish Springs family has been forced out of their home after a house fire, but authorities say no one was hurt thanks in part to a family pet.
Officials for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District say one of the family’s dogs alerted them to the fire that started on the deck of the home in a neighborhood off the Pyramid Highway about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
KRNV-TV reports two adults, a child and four dogs safely evacuated before firefighters arrived and the flames spread into the house and the attic.
Officials say the fire damaged about 40 percent of the home north of Sparks near Rook Court and Nightingale Way.
The Red Cross is helping them find a temporary residence. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Ball State Freshman Wins Free Tuition With Half-Court Shot
Muncie, IN (AP) An incoming freshman has won free tuition for a semester at Ball State University after sinking a half-court shot.
Lem Turner of Illinois made the lucky shot Thursday night during a freshman pep rally for this year’s athletic events at Worthen Arena.
The event was held as part of the school’s welcome festivities.
Ball State says it was the second time in three years that a student has made a half-court shot to win tuition for a semester.
The other student did it in August 2013.
A new school year starts at Ball State start on Monday.
Woman’s Request In Obituary: Don’t Vote For Hillary Clinton
Runnemede, NJ (AP) A New Jersey woman has used her obituary to make a final request to friends and family: Please don’t vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
Elaine Fydrych’s husband said Wednesday she was a registered Democrat and not “a political person.”
But he said she grew to strongly dislike Clinton after the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi and believed Clinton’s handling of the matter as secretary of state was “terrible.”
A bipartisan report on the Benghazi attack spread blame among the State Department, the military and U.S. intelligence but didn’t name Clinton.
Joe Fydrych, of Runnemede, said his 63-year-old wife told him a few weeks before she died Aug. 13 of her plan for her obituary. She told him it was up to him whether to include the line about Clinton, but he said he felt he had to honor his wife’s wishes.
The last line of her obituary says: “Elaine requests, ‘In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.’”
Elaine Fydrych was an actress who performed in many local productions and loved to joke and laugh, her husband said.
“She wanted to go out with a punch, and I think she did that,” Joe Fydrych said.
Geese, Their Waste, Invade High School Football Field
Nanty Glo, PA (AP) A western Pennsylvania high school football team had to move its scrimmage after geese and the waste they leave behind invaded its stadium.
WJAC-TV reports that Blacklick Valley High School moved Saturday’s scrimmage to a practice field by the school after the game field in Nanty Glo was deemed off-limits.
The field is owned by the borough 65 miles east of Pittsburgh and its recreation authority, but the school district will pay to have the goose waste removed.
Blacklick Valley Superintendent John Mastillo hopes workers will have the field cleaned up in time for the team’s home opener in a couple of weeks.
Mastillo says about 65 geese have taken over the field and may have been drawn by people feeding the birds.
Pig OK After Flying Out Of Trailer Going 65 mph On Highway
Fort Collins, CO (AP) Maybe pigs can fly.
Authorities in northern Colorado say a 250-pound porker escaped relatively unscathed when it flew out of a trailer that was being pulled at about 65 mph on Interstate 25.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the pig fell out of the trailer west of Windsor on Thursday morning and took refuge under a tractor-trailer that had pulled up on the scene.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper G.A. Villavicencio says he has dealt with sheep and cows on roadways, but never pigs.
Sheriff’s deputies and road workers pulled the pig from under the truck by its hind legs. After a little squealing, it was checked out by a vet and returned to its owner.
The pig suffered some road rash to its ears and snout but was otherwise unhurt.
Topless Women In Times Square AreBreaking The Law?
New York (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says women posing nearly naked for photos in Times Square are breaking the law and undermining efforts to keep the tourist area family friendly.
Cuomo said Wednesday on NY1 that the situation is beginning to remind him of the seedy days of the “bad old Times Square.”
The women pose for photos with tourists in exchange for cash and often wear only body paint and a thong.
Cuomo says the activity is interfering with “legitimate” businesses.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that he believes the practice is “wrong” and that the city will take action.
The governor says he also has concerns about performers dressed as cartoon characters who harass tourists into purchasing photos.
Zombie Walk That Once Drew Thousands Falls Victim To Cost
Asbury Park, NJ (AP) It seems money is the best medicine to put the undead to rest: The annual New Jersey Zombie Walk has fallen victim to rising costs and growing popularity.
The free event began with a group of friends shuffling and groaning their way through Asbury Park seven years ago. It grew in size over the years and raised money for charities.
In 2013, Guinness World Records certified nearly 10,000 zombies were the world’s largest gathering of the undead.
Organizer Jason Meehan broke the news on Facebook on Thursday.
He wrote that costs have risen and the decayed buildings that once served as the event’s backdrop in the city have been replaced by new condos and restaurants.
Meehan is tentatively planning an Oct. 3 “funeral” on the Asbury boardwalk.