June 6, 2013
‘Bucket List’ Item Leads To Women’s Arrest
Ocala, FL (AP) Two longtime friends ended up in jail in central Florida thanks to a “bucket list” that included stealing from a store.
Police say 36-year-old Andrea Mobley and 38-year-old Jennifer Morrow face petty theft charges after stealing bathing suits and beef jerky during a trip to Wal-Mart on Wednesday.
A loss prevention officer told police Mobley was eating beef jerky in the store and Morrow concealed items inside her purse.
They were detained after taking the items from the store without paying.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports the women told police they hadn’t seen each other in years and stealing from a retail store was on the “bucket list.”
Mobley told the newspaper they were just “two stupid women” doing something they’d never done before.
She added she’s ashamed.
“French Kiss” Finally Enters French Dictionary
Paris (AP) For centuries, there’s been no official French word for the sloppy Gallic export “to French kiss” though that certainly hasn’t stopped any citizen from doing so.
Now the oversight has been rectified.
The one-word verb “galocher” to kiss with tongues is among new entries added to the “Petit Robert” 2014 French dictionary, which hit the shops Thursday.
It may surprise many that France a country famed for its amorous exploits and which gave the world sex-symbol Brigitte Bardot, romantic photographer Robert Doiseau and even scandal-hit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is only just linguistically embracing the popular pastime.
Yet Laurence Laporte of the Robert publishing house says that it’s just the way language evolves.
“We always had many expressions to describe ‘French-kissing,’ like ‘kissing at length in the mouth,’ but it’s true, we’ve never had one single word,” she said.
The term “French kiss” once also called a “Florentine kiss” is popularly considered to have been brought back to the English-speaking world by soldiers returning from Europe after World War I. At the time, the French had a reputation for more adventurous sexual practices.
The word expert added a caveat about the power of language. The lack of a specific term “never stopped us from doing it,” Laporte noted.
California Man Gets Artistic With Crosswalk - Gets Arrested
Vallejo, CA (AP) A Northern California man is facing vandalism charges after authorities say he painted a crosswalk on a street, allegedly telling officials it was needed.
Fifty-two-year-old Anthony Cardenas was arrested Thursday morning in Vallejo and booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. Solano County Sheriff’s Lt. Brad DeWall says workers spotted Cardenas committing the vandalism at a city intersection.
The intersection already has three crosswalks.
DeWall says Cardenas also painted lines through those.
State transportation workers painted over Cardenas’ alleged crosswalk later in the day. A police cadet had been posted at the intersection until then to keep pedestrians from using it.
Cardenas remained behind bars Friday on $15,000 bail. Dewall says he did not have an attorney.
Gator Taken From Ohio Home After 15 Years In Basement
Cincinnati (AP) A 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man’s basement is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and was being taunted by teenagers on a regular basis, authorities said Tuesday.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton confiscated the 15-year-old gator from its owner on Sunday in the southwestern Ohio home where it was being kept after a video was posted on Facebook showing the reptile being taunted.
The video shows a young man laughing as he throws beer on top of the alligator, which jerks back in surprise and bites the small, hard plastic tub where he was kept in the basement.
Sheila Marquis, cruelty investigator of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, said the alligator’s owner and young men in the video may face charges of animal cruelty in the next couple days as she wraps up her investigation. Rumors had been coming in for at least two years about the alligator in the basement. But, authorities could not enter the home and investigate without probable cause to believe it was being subjected to cruelty, which came in the form of the Facebook post of the video, said Tim Harrison, director of Dayton-based Outreach For Animals. The video may not appear to show the alligator being directly harmed physically, but Harrison said the concrete wall next to its tub is covered in teeth marks, showing that it repeatedly had jerked its head from previous taunts, knocking out its own teeth or weakening them.
Harrison said the alligator is just under 7 feet long, but should be more like 10 feet long. He said it showed other signs of malnourishment and lack of vitamin D from being kept in a basement for 15 years without sunlight.
For Sale In NYC: Fridge With Morbid History
New York (AP) It’s a fridge big enough for a family of four.
New York’s Office of General Services has turned to eBay in an attempt to sell off a huge, steel morgue refrigerator now located at a Manhattan psychiatric hospital.
Bidding on Saturday afternoon was up to $475 for the four-drawer unit, but that price doesn’t include delivery. Buyers have to be willing to remove the fridge themselves from the Manhattan Psychiatric Center.
Office of General Services spokeswoman Heather Groll tells the New York Post that the ad is no hoax.
She says the agency does get unusual surplus items to sell from time to time, including barber chairs from prisons and police cars, but she doesn’t recall a previous sale of a morgue cooler.
The auction runs through June 6.
Studio To Comb Landfill For Bad Atari Games
Alamogordo, NM (AP) A New Mexico city commission has agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search an old landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that Alamogordo commissioners will allow Fuel Industries to search the landfill for games. It has offices in Ontario, Canada, and Los Angeles.
One sought game, the E.T. video game, is thought by some gamers to be one of the worst video games of all time.
Atari paid Steven Spielberg tens of millions of dollars to license the E.T. name, and the dud of a game caused the troubled company’s worth to sink even further at the time.
Alamogordo Commissioner Jason Baldwin says he played the E.T. game and it was horrible.