January 7, 2016
Firm To Pay Up After Making Workers Clock Out For Bathroom
Philadelphia (AP) A Pennsylvania company that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75 million to thousands of employees who had to clock out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom.
A federal judge has given the U.S. Department of Labor and the Malvern-based company, American Future Systems Inc., until Thursday to submit proposals on how to manage the payment process, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in November 2012, claiming the company violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act because employees weren’t earning the minimum wage‚ $7.25 per hour when the company required them to clock out for breaks.
NY Man Who Survived Week In Ditch Says Maggots Helped Him
Avon, NY (AP) A 70-year-old western New York man who survived a week outdoors after falling into a ditch last summer says he likely received some help from the maggots that got into his open wounds.
Don Farrell was injured when he fell into a weed-filled ditch on Aug. 9 while walking in the woods near his home in the town of Avon (A’-vahn), 20 miles south of Rochester.
Unable to get back up, Farrell spent a week eating leaves and drinking rainwater. One of the people searching for him discovered him on Aug. 16.
Farrell spent a month in a hospital recovering from his ordeal. He tells WHAM-TV that his doctors told him his survival was likely aided by the maggots that got into his wounds and eliminated harmful bacteria.
Wichita Falls Mom Has City’s First Baby Of The Year, Again
Wichita Falls, TX (AP) A 33-year-old woman in Wichita Falls has now given birth to the city’s first baby of the year in two separate decades.
Renee Harnden gave birth to Ava Grace Harnden at 1:55 a.m. Friday.
Her sister, 16-year-old Alyssa Harnden, was on hand at the hospital.
The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports that Alyssa Harnden was Wichita Falls’ first newborn in 2000.
Alyssa told the newspaper that she was ``kind of hoping it’d be on Monday,’’ but is happy to now share a birthday with her little sister.
72-year Old Wisconsin Man
Crowned Champion Liar
Burlington, WI (AP) This year’s winner in a Wisconsin liars’ club contest has won for a fib that’s half true.
Gene O’Brien of Rural a small, unincorporated village near Waupaca took first place in the Burlington Liars Club’s World Champion Lie Contest.
O’Brien’s winning submission was: ``I grew up in a family with 16 children. I never got to sleep alone until I got married!’’
The 72-year-old retired general contractor told The Journal Times on Thursday that he really did come from a family of 16 children ``with no twins.’’
O’Brien said his wife, Jeanne, appreciates his standing joke. He said the couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in November, ``so I can get away with just about anything.’’
Runner-up Neil Everts of New London submitted this whopper: ``It has been so dry here that the river is only running every other day.’’
Jill Rozell of Burlington took third place with this entry: ``According to research presented at the 2015 World Climate summit, a major climate shift occurred as the result of hot flashes experienced when the baby boomers reached menopause.’’
The club has been holding the annual contest since 1929. There is no entry fee, and the club says on its website that the contest is ``open to anyone except politicians, as we consider them professionals.’’
Idaho Man Finds Art In Back Hair
Nampa, ID (AP) One man’s back hair is another man’s canvas. That’s how Mike Wolfe, 35, of Nampa, Idaho, has decided to approach manscaping.
Wolfe tells KTVB-TV that after years of feeling ashamed of his body hair, he asked a friend in 2008 to trim an American flag on his back rather than undergoing hair removal processes like shaving or waxing. Since then, the two meet up several times throughout the year to design a new creation onto Wolfe’s back.
Tyler Harding, a former graphic artist who has been friends with Wolfe for more than a decade, says it takes about an hour to complete the artistic trim. And the creations can now be seen on a calendar called a Calend-hair available for $20. Some proceeds will benefit a charity at Wolfe’s church.
Designs are uniquely named, such as Grim Reap-hair for October and M-hair-achi Band for May.