May 30, 2013
Swing Dance Your Way To Class Credit
Evanston, IL (AP) Engineering students at Northwestern University are getting a leg up on the competition. They’re learning to swing dance in a for-credit class called Whole Body Thinking.
Joe Holtgreive (HOHLT’-greev), an assistant dean at the McCormick School of Engineering, started the class to help future engineers break outside their comfort zone.
Holtgreive says the course, led by Northwestern University Professor of Dance Billy Siegenfeld (SEE’-gen-feld), is teaching students known for left-brain thinking to use more of the right side of their brains.
The students include biomedical, mechanical and chemical engineering majors who say they’re learning more than dance. They say the class is teaching them to think on their feet and work collaboratively with dance partners - skills they say will help make them better engineers. See the video here: http://bit.ly/12O445R.
Ohio Man, 87, Skydives To Aid Sick Great-Grandson
Waynesville, OH (AP) An 87-year-old World War II veteran has parachuted from a plane in an Ohio to support his ailing great-grandson.
Clarence Turner of Fairfield made the jump Saturday with an instructor. He says he wanted to generate attention for the plight of 10-month-old Julian Couch, who suffers from a lung disease that could require a transplant.
WLWT of Cincinnati reports that Julian is hospitalized in Columbus. A fundraiser is planned for June 2.
Turner also made a jump at age 85 to fulfill a goal to experience freefalling and landing as he did in the Army. He served from 1944-47, and his last jump was in Japan.
Turner says he also hopes to someday make a parachute jump at an older age than former President George H.W. Bush, who’s 88.
Goat On The Lam Snarls NJ’s Pulaski Skyway Traffic
Jersey City, NJ (AP) A goat believed to have escaped en route to a slaughterhouse snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, leading police on a nearly two-hour chase.
The small, chocolate brown female with curved horns eluded five Jersey City police officers for more than 90 minutes by jumping back and forth over a central divider along the Pulaski Skyway, alternately disrupting traffic along both east and west-bound lanes, according to city spokesman Stan Eason.
Traffic was snarled from 7:10 a.m. until almost 9 a.m. along the elevated roadway, which traverses the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers between Newark and Jersey City and carries thousands of vehicles daily to the Holland Tunnel and into New York.
Four vehicles, whose drivers were attempting to avoid the zigzagging goat, were involved in a minor accident, police said. There were no injuries.
“A call came in: ‘There was a motor vehicle accident, and there’s a goat running around on the skyway,” Eason said, adding that Jersey City police were not alarmed. “We had full-sized bucked deer running around in the metropolis downtown of Exchange Place about two years ago, before it jumped in the Hudson River and swam to Governor’s Island, so nothing surprises us,” he added.
The frisky goat eventually tired, Eason said, and officers were able to form a semi-circle around her and secure her in a noose. Officials are still trying to determine where the goat came from. One of the goat’s ears is tagged with a U.S. Department of Agriculture tag, indicating the animal likely escaped a truck headed to a slaughterhouse, Eason said. If no company claims the animal, it will be moved to a rural animal welfare facility that can accommodate livestock. “If it can survive running around the Pulaski Skyway for two hours, and then winds up in a slaughterhouse, it’s kind of sad,” Eason said. “But if someone claims her, she is private property, so there’s not much we can do.”
Man Spent 15 Years With A Pencil In His Head
Berlin (AP) German doctors say a man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident.
Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye.
A scan showed that a 10-centimeter (4-inch) pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket.
The unnamed man said he didn’t know how the pencil got there but recalled that he once fell badly as a child.
The German doctors removed the pencil and say the man has recovered.
Hospital spokesman Mathias Brandstaedter said Wednesday the case was presented for the first time at a medical conference this week.
Crane Accident Cuts Power To One Third Of Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam (AP) One mistake by a clumsy crane operator caused a 10-hour blackout over about a third of Vietnam, exposing the fragility of the nation’s power grid.
State electricity company EVN said in a statement Thursday that the blackout occurred Wednesday after the crane operator knocked a tree down onto the main north-south high voltage power transmission line.
The outage covered 22 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces. It was not clear how many people were affected, but the loss of power forced scores of garment and seafood factories to close, and traffic was snarled in major cities as traffic lights failed.
State-owned newspaper Thanh Nien reported that the incident cost EVN $700,000 in lost revenue.
Vietnam’s power generation sector needs modernizing, but low tariffs are making foreign investors wary about returns.
‘Thong Cape Scooter Man’ Not Breaking The Law
Madison, WI (AP) A man who wears thong underwear and a cape while riding his scooter through Wisconsin’s capital city may be a strange sight. But police say he isn’t breaking any laws.
Earlier this month, staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Madison called authorities after the man rode by in his unmentionables while students were walking to a bus.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain tells the Wisconsin State Journal that a sergeant had a chat with the person police call Thong Cape Scooter Man. He admitted he used poor judgment in going past the school but said he did it unintentionally.
The city attorney told police the man broke no laws.
So it seems Thong Cape Scooter Man is free to ride on.
On The Run For 13 Years, Then Caught For Being Stupid
Los Angeles (AP) A man wanted for 13 years on attempted murder charges in Los Angeles was captured in Colorado after someone called police to report he was urinating on a wall outside a KFC restaurant. Miguel Sanchez, 59, initially gave officers a false name when he was arrested Wednesday, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. After he was fingerprinted, police discovered his identity and that he had a $2 million warrant in California.
“Kentucky Fried Chicken called and said he was peeing on the wall,” said Colorado Springs police Lt. Dan Lofgren. “On the run for 13 years, and then they get caught for being stupid.”
Sanchez is accused of stabbing someone multiple times after an argument in 2000, then stabbing a second person before running away.
Los Angeles police Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said the crime was classified as domestic violence, and that one victim was male and the other female. He declined to provide more details. Prosecutors filed four felony charges against Sanchez in 2000: two counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated mayhem and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.