June 13, 2013
Nude Revelers Greet Popular Tourist Train
Durango, CO (AP) Passengers on a recent run of a popular historic railroad in southwest Colorado got a bit more scenery than they paid for: More than a dozen revelers partying on a nearby beach doffed their clothes to greet the train.
A photograph taken by James Slavin, a Phoenix tourist on the train, shows beer-holding and nude men and women whooping as the train pulled into town, The Durango Herald reported Thursday.
“I thought they were mooning the train, and I didn’t think it was going to be that bad,” said Slavin, 77. “I guess I didn’t realize how bad it was until I looked at the pictures and zoomed in on them.”
Train personnel have reported similar incidents previously to Durango police, but it’s difficult to patrol.
“We can’t stop the train. If we do report them, by the time anybody’s able to respond, then whoever was responsible is usually gone,” said the railroad’s general manager, Paul Schranck.
Want A Million Dollars? Here’s Your Chance!
Providence, RI (AP) A Texas banker is upping the ante to $1 million for whoever solves a tricky problem that’s been dogging mathematicians since the 1980s.
The Providence, R.I.-based American Mathematical Society on Tuesday said $1 million will be awarded for the publication of a solution to the Beal Conjecture number theory problem.
Dallas banker D. Andrew Beal first offered the Beal Prize in 1997 for $5,000.
Over the years, the amount has grown.
American Mathematical Society spokesman Michael Breen says a solution is more difficult than the one for a related problem, Fermat’s Last Theorem, which didn’t have a published solution for hundreds of years.
Beal is a self-taught mathematician and says he wants to inspire young people to pursue math and science.
Blame It On The Alcohol....No, Really
Syracuse, NY (AP) Authorities say a burglar’s decision to knock back a couple of beers during a break-in at an upstate New York home led to his arrest. Onondaga (ahn-uhn-DAH’-gah) County prosecutors tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 29-year-old Moses Wilson was stealing copper piping from a vacant rental home in Syracuse in early February when he found an unopened case of beer in the basement.
Officials say he drank some of the beer during the burglary. Prosecutors say police were able to match Wilson’s DNA to DNA found on the cans.
Wilson was arraigned Tuesday in Onondaga County Court on charges of burglary and petit larceny. He is being held in jail on $10,000 bail. It couldn’t immediately be determined if he had a lawyer.
Alligator Takes Pit Stop Near California Intersection
Lancaster, CA (AP) A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was suspicious. When he heard two women were spotted near a Lancaster, Calif., intersection, and one of them was holding an alligator, he didn’t buy it.
“I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, an alligator. OK,’” Deputy Michael Rust told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. “Maybe an iguana, but an alligator?”
A 911 operator agreed. “Could it have been a lizard?” the operator tells a woman reporting “a couple girls carrying an alligator” on a recording released by the Sheriff’s Department.
Rust investigated the report Tuesday morning and found not just a 4-foot alligator, but a kangaroo and monkey too, all inside the same van.
The animals had just visited with students at Quartz Hill Elementary and had begun the nearly 200-mile journey home when they pulled over for some emergency cleanup.
“The alligator urinated inside his cage, and it’s a long ways back to Paso Robles with the smell of alligator urine,” Rust said. “So they decided to pull over.”
Runner’s Pain Is No Pulled Muscle; It’s A Baby
Duluth, MN (AP) An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.
Trish Staine, 33, says she had no idea she was pregnant before Monday’s surprise birth. The Duluth mother of three said she hadn’t gained any weight or felt fetal movement in the months before. And besides, her husband had a vasectomy.
“I definitely thought I was done having kids,” she joked. Staine and her husband, John, have a daughter, 7, and a son, 11. She’s also stepmother to John’s three boys, ages 17, 19 and 20.
Staine said she ran for about two hours Sunday in preparation for the Garry Bjorklund half-marathon on June 22.
“I had a sore back Sunday evening. I had taken a hot shower and was dealing with it,” Staine said. “Monday morning, I woke up and had more back pain, and as the day went on it got worse. I thought I should go to the ER. I thought I ruptured a disc or pulled a muscle.”
During the emergency room examination, Staine and her husband were stunned to learn medical staff had detected a fetal heartbeat. She was whisked to the delivery room and in what she said seemed like 5 minutes later, her daughter was born at 3:25 p.m. Monday. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 18.9 inches long.
Born about 5 weeks early, the Staines expect they will be able to take their baby home in about a week, a girl they have named Mira, short for Miracle.
Made-Up Names Appear In NY High School’s Yearbook
Schaghticoke, NY (AP) Officials at a small school district in upstate New York say an “honest mistake” led to students being identified in the yearbook as “Creepy smile kid” and “Some tall guy.”
The labels appear in photo captions of the high school yearbook at Hoosic Valley, a rural district 20 miles northeast of Albany.
Acting Superintendent Amy Goodell tells the Troy Record a “non-intentional, honest mistake” resulted in some members of the track and field team being labeled with made-up names such as “Isolation kid.”
Several students were identified simply as “Someone.”
Goodell says corrections are being made and the parents of students whose names weren’t published correctly have been contacted.