May 9, 2013
OMG - The Sun Is Shining!
School Closes For Nice Weather
Seattle (AP) In a sun-deprived part of Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine.
Friday is a “sun day” of sorts for the 205 students at Bellingham Christian School, a small, private, nondenominational Christian school in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles north of Seattle.
“SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!” the school’s website announced Thursday night. “Yeah! It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school.” Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids.
He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week. “In a world that’s got a lot hard things going, it’s fun to create a moment of joy,” Sampson said. It’s not the first time the school has given students the day off because of sunshine. The last time was two years ago.
Former Hostage Left Bemused By UK Piracy Mix Up
London (AP) Arrrrgh! That must’ve been embarrassing.
A man held hostage by Somali pirates says he was bemused when he encountered a crowd of eye patch-wearing, plastic sword-wielding women on the lecture circuit earlier this month.
Colin Darch , 75, said Thursday that his host, a southwest England chapter of the education-focused Women’s Institute, seemed to have thought he was going to speak about historical ‘shiver me timbers’ pirates, rather than the modern-day bandits terrorizing the Indian Ocean.
Darch, a retired sailor who has written a book and given lectures about his 2008 kidnapping, says his audience was sheepish over the mix up.
He says, “I think they were worried I might be a bit upset that they were trivializing it, but I thought it was funny.”
Shiny Dog Bowl Sparks California House Fire
Santa Rosa, CA (AP) A Northern California couple might be able to blame this one on the dog.
Authorities say sun refracted off the dog’s shiny water bowl and ignited a fire at Terry and Shay Weisbrich’s Santa Rosa home on Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was quickly put out, but it left a hole in the siding.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that a fire department engineer helped discover the dog bowl’s role in the fire.
Rene Torres returned the bowl to its original position during his investigation of the fire’s cause. He found it concentrated light right on the area of the home that was charred. The Press Democrat says the couple’s dog, Toby, had a replacement bowl by the evening.
Proposed SC Budget Says ‘No Junk Food For Governor’
Columbia, SC (AP) Lawmakers in South Carolina are trying to keep junk food out of the governor’s mansion.
State senators inserted a clause in the 2013-14 budget plan that would bar Gov. Nikki Haley’s office and the Governor’s Mansion from buying junk food with public money, whether for employee treats or entertaining. The move was a response to state efforts to fight obesity by limiting what people can buy with money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, known more commonly as food stamps.
Those efforts need federal approval before being implemented.
Democratic Sen. Darrell Jackson of Columbia pushed for the provision. He says it’s only fair for Haley to implement with her staff the healthy purchasing she’s promoting for poor people.
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey says Jackson is playing political games with a serious health epidemic.
Pink Floyd Poser Arrested For Theft By Swindle
St. Cloud, MN (AP) A man is accused of pretending to be a member of rock band Pink Floyd at a Minnesota hospital and racking up as much as $100,000 in unpaid medical bills.
Police say the 53-year-old Monticello man went to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment April 20. He claimed he was Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour and that he didn’t have health insurance.
He was treated and released, but not before signing an autograph.
The St. Cloud Times says hospital security was suspicious about the man’s identity and his medical records were flagged.
The man returned for more treatment several days later and, confronted by police, admitted he wasn’t Gilmour.
The man was booked into the Stearns County Jail on a possible charge of theft by swindle.
Giant Rubber Duck Makes Splash In Hong Kong Harbor
Hong Kong (AP) A six-story-high rubber duck is making a big splash in Hong Kong.
Crowds watched the inflatable duck being pulled by tugboat across Victoria Harbor in front of Hong Kong’s signature skyscraper skyline.
Tourist Zhang Wenjin from Shanghai says it’s a big surprise. “This is huge. My daughter liked it when she saw it just now. Because kids like cute stuff.”
Yu Kwan Yee of Hong Kong was part of the crowd. “The duckie is swimming,” the 2 ¬Ω-year-old said.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created the bright-yellow duck, and it was built of PVC material in New Zealand by a company specializing in large sails.
Hofman was on hand as the duck arrived and said it later had to be deflated because high winds and waves created a “big challenge.”
The duck has been transported around the world since 2007, bringing a message of peace and harmony. It has previously been to Osaka, Japan, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Auckland, New Zealand, and Amsterdam.
It will be anchored at a Hong Kong terminal for display until June.