April 14, 2016
Bakers Charge Women 79 Cents On A Dollar For Equal Pay Day
Concord, NH (AP) A New England bakery chain is charging female customers 79 cents on the dollar to illustrate the pay gap between men and women.
The Works Bakery Cafe is offering the discount Tuesday to women in its New Hampshire shops in honor of Equal Pay Day. Men are charged full price.
Equal Pay Day is a national symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man.
Chain CEO Richard French says the Stand with Women campaign asked them to take part in the event. French says his company employs a lot of women, and they are paid the same as men.
French says hundreds of women came to each of the shops for the discount.
High-Altitude Balloon Takes Stuffed Dog To Stratosphere
London (AP) Sam the Dog has gone where no stuffed animal has gone before into the stratosphere and the English unknown. Teachers and pupils at an elementary school in Morecambe in northwest
England strapped the white fluffy school mascot to a high-altitude helium balloon and launched him from a hotel roof Tuesday. They recorded his rapid ascent some 15 miles (24 kilometers) into the atmosphere, much higher than planned, and captured the trip with an on-board video camera.
After the balloon burst, Sam disappeared. The school hoped to retrieve him, but he was missing from the site where the balloon’s camera and GPS system landed some 30 miles (50 kilometers) to the east.
They have launched a social media-driven hunt for Sam in hopes that someone in northern England will find him.
Guilty Conscience: Stolen Sign Returned After 30 years
New Smyrna Beach, FL (AP) It took 30 years, but a guilty conscience led someone who stole a large metal sign in Florida to return it along with a $50 money order to the New Smyrna Beach Police Department.
A picture of the sign was posted Wednesday on the police department’s Facebook page. It says: New Smyrna Beach Says No to Drugs. Officials say the blue sign arrived in the mail with a note asking officials to use the money to reinstall the sign.
The anonymous person asked for forgiveness, adding the sign was stolen in the late 1980s during “a fit of youthful exuberance.” On Facebook, department officials said that the “act of contrition” gives hope that people can do the right thing.
Copter Saves Man Who Scaled Cliff To Propose
Morro Bay, CA (AP) As marriage proposals go, Michael Banks’ was a cliff-hanger.
Banks, 27, scaled 600-foot Morro Rock just off California’s Central Coast early Thursday morning to propose to his girlfriend, who was watching via FaceTime video.
The good news: Banks’ girlfriend said yes, according to Morro Bay fire Capt. Todd Gailey.
The bad news: Banks got stuck, and had to be plucked by helicopter for a tricky, post-proposal flight to safety.
Banks “took a different trail down, much steeper” and became stranded, Gailey said.
“He couldn’t go any direction, on a sheer ledge, with his feet dangling 80 feet off the ground.”
Rescuers called in a helicopter, and Gailey descended by cable to hoist Banks from the narrow ledge, with the rotors spinning near the cliff and ocean spray battering both men.
Typically when someone needs to be rescued they are ticketed, Gailey said. It was not immediately clear if Banks, who was unharmed, was cited.
Record For Longest Human Mattress Dominos Chain Topples
National Harbour, MD (AP) Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics-leasing company, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest human mattress domino chain.
Guinness World Records released a video of the feat Thursday, showing 1,200 people holding mattresses behind them and falling backward into each other, one at a time, inside a Prince George’s County, Maryland, warehouse on March 22.
The attempt was aided by a dominoes expert and certified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator. The previous record had been 1,150.
Aaron’s CEO John Robinson pushed over the first mattress. It took 13 minutes and 38 seconds for the final mattress to fall.
The Atlanta-based company says it will be donating all 1,200 mattresses to Washington-area organizations focused on ending poverty and providing shelter to homeless families.
Detroit Tigers Fan Catches 5 Foul Balls In 8 Innings
Detroit (AP) For most people, catching a foul ball at a major league game would be the thrill of a lifetime.
On Monday, Bill Dugan almost got bored by the whole thing.
In a performance that captivated a Comerica Park crowd that wasn’t much enjoying the Detroit Tigers’ 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dugan caught five foul balls in the first eight innings.
Dugan, who gave all five to nearby kids, was sitting behind home plate, in an area normally used for fans in wheelchairs.
With a small crowd on a chilly afternoon, he took advantage of the extra space to catch three pop-ups - all on the fly - and snare two ricochets off the facing of the press box.
The 39-year-old said he’s caught more than 200 balls in his years as a Tigers fan, both in batting practice and games, but five was his record for a game.
“I got four once in 2002 in a game against Seattle,” he said. “I actually have six today, but I got one of them in batting practice.”
By the time he had gotten four in the first two innings, he was a local celebrity.
He did interviews with the media and posed for selfies with fans but still paid enough attention to grab the fifth in the eighth inning.
He still has one goal left, though: “I’ve never caught a home-run ball.”
Florida Island Bird Mystery Has New Twist: Snake Cannibalism
Seahorse Key, FL (AP) A Florida island where nesting birds mysteriously disappeared last year is experiencing another confounding event: Snakes are cannibalizing each other.
The Gainesville Sun reports that the birds still have not returned to Seahorse Key, an important nesting site in the Gulf of Mexico for many bird species.
Now a University of Florida researcher has discovered that the island’s cottonmouth snakes that relied on discarded fish scraps from birds as a primary food source have started eating each other.
Researcher Coleman Sheehy told the newspaper that he has witnessed the venomous snakes eating one another.
The island is part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, and biologists investigating the bird disappearance say they still have no answers.