June 2, 2016
No Likes For Complex's Facebook Requirement
Salt Lake City (AP) Tenants at a Salt Lake City apartment complex are not giving “likes” to a Facebook-centric condition to their lease.
KSL-TV reports that tenants at City Park Apartments received a notice on their doors late last week about a contractual add-on involving Facebook.
According to the document, a new lease agreement mandates that residents “friend” the complex on Facebook within five days of signing or be found in violation.
The document also has a release that permits the property to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on its Facebook page.
A message left at the office of City Park Apartments was not immediately returned Sunday.
Hacked Texas Construction Signs Call Trump A Lizard
Dallas (AP) Electronic construction signs in the Dallas area appear to have been hacked, displaying messages calling Donald Trump a reptile and imploring early morning commuters to take a day off work.
The portable signs along Interstate 30 and elsewhere flashed messages early Tuesday including, “Donald Trump is a ... shape shifting lizard!” Another message read, “Bernie for president,” referring to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
Another sign said: “Work is canceled. Go back home.”
The signs appear to be ones used by the Texas Department of Transportation.
TxDOT told Dallas-Fort Worth broadcaster KRLD that there’s no humor in what the hackers did. The agency says the messages bumped warnings to motorists about nearby construction zones.
The Associated Press left a message for a TxDOT spokesman seeking comment.
Teen To Historic Prison: Al Capone's Radio Is Wrong
Philadelphia (AP) A sharp-eyed boy who collects antique radios is taking umbrage with the vintage radio on display inside gangster Al Capone’s cell at a historic Philadelphia prison.
Eastern State Penitentiary closed in 1971 and now operates as a museum and national historic landmark. Thirteen-year-old Joey Warchal took a tour and noticed the radio in Capone’s cell was wrong.
The Prohibition-era mobster spent time at Eastern State in 1929 and 1930. The radio was made in 1942.
The seventh-grader offered to find the prison a historically accurate radio. The prison gladly accepted his help.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports the teen has located a 1929 model and will deliver it to Eastern State next week.
Joey began collecting at age 8. His mom says while most kids want toys “he wants antiques.”
Bank Robber Who Used Sex Toy As Fake Bomb Is Sent To Prison
Pittsburgh (AP) A Pittsburgh man who robbed a bank with a fake bomb made out of phone wires, duct tape and a sex toy has been sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports an Allegheny County judge sentenced 36-year-old Aaron Stein on Tuesday after rejecting requests for leniency, including house arrest.
The judge says he couldn’t tell the community Stein’s case warranted only house arrest. He says, “It can’t be that simple.”
Stein pleaded guilty in March. He says he robbed the PNC Bank in Crafton last June because he was desperate after losing $9,000 he’d invested to cover his approaching honeymoon.
His attorney says desperation drove him to don an Iron Man mask and used the fake bomb to threaten tellers.
Treasure Hunters To Gather For Celebration In New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM (AP) Searchers fixated with finding a treasure hidden in the mountains north of Santa Fe will converge in the city.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that people are expected to gather Saturday for “Fennboree” and a screening of the documentary, “Fenn’s Searchers.”
The annual gathering is inspired by author Forrest Fenn, who stated in his 2010 memoir that he had hidden a chest containing nearly $2 million in coins.
The treasure has drawn interest for years.
Randy Bilyeu, of Colorado, disappeared in January after telling family he planned to search for it.
Some critics have said the search should be stopped because of the dangerous terrain.
Organizers of “Fennboree” say they will honor Bilyeu with a moment of silence.
Dog Day: Officer Finds 911 Caller, Now Both Lost In Woods
Birmingham, AL (AP) A police officer dashed into the woods alone to search for a man who called 911 saying he ran into forest to escape two armed men.
The gunmen were never found, and the officer soon located the distress caller, but now neither of them could find their way back to the street.
And so it went for three hours in the forest in Birmingham, Alabama, where it took a police K9 unit to track them down.
Birmingham media reported Friday that police would not identify the rescued officer. A spokesman tried to defend him.
Lt. Sean Edwards said “the woods are very difficult to walk through ... The officer was trying to clear a path here, clear a path there, and got turned around a little bit.”