February 9, 2017
Former Mint Worker Who Hid Gold In Rectum Is Sentenced
Ottawa, Ontario (AP) A former Royal Canadian Mint employee who stole 22 cookie-sized pieces of refined gold by hiding them in his rectum has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Thirty-five-year-old Leston Lawrence was found guilty last November of stealing the pieces from the mint and selling 17 of them through Ottawa Gold Buyers.
Ontario Court judge Peter Doody on Thursday sentenced Lawrence and ordered him to pay a fine of US$145,900 (CA$190,000).
Doody says the stolen gold was worth US$127,116.11 (CA$165,451.14).
Court testimony indicated that Lawrence was involved in purifying recently procured gold and sometimes worked alone, out of sight of security cameras.
Bid Of $100,000 For A Cheeto That Looks Like Harambe
Someone bid nearly $100,000 on eBay for a Cheeto that bears a resemblance to slain gorilla Harambe.
The seller said he found the cheese snack in a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Bidding began at $11.99 on Jan. 28. It ended early Tuesday morning with a winning bid of $99,900. The listing showed a picture of the Cheeto side-by-side with a gorilla climbing a tree.
Harambe has become fodder for internet jokes since his death last May.
He was shot by handlers at the Cincinnati Zoo after dragging a small boy who had gotten into his enclosure.
Alaska Pot Conference Call Interrupted By Flushing Toilet
Juneau, Alaska (AP) Everyone’s had a bad conference call experience when someone who dialed in puts the call on hold, and loud hold music makes it impossible for the call to continue.
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board had a bit of that and a sound of a different sort during its meeting Thursday.
Someone who had dialed in to the meeting in Juneau flushed a toilet. About 40 people were on the line, including enforcement officer James Hoelscher from Anchorage.
During his report, muffled noises were heard in the background and then the very distinct sound of a toilet flushing.
Board member Mark Springer stopped the meeting and admonished the unknown flusher as being rude. Springer asked whoever was walking around with a cellphone in their pocket, and who had flushed the toilet, to mute their phone.
In Bulgaria, Pooh The Cat Gets A Pair Of Bionic Legs
Sofia, Bulgaria (AP) A cat named Pooh has been given a new lease of life in Bulgaria, becoming the country’s first “bionic cat” with a pair of prosthetic hind legs.
Veterinary surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov carried out the operation that in Europe has only previously been done in Britain. He was aiming to give the fluffy, black-and-white cat who was probably hit by a train a chance at the sort of independence that the traditional solution, a set of wheels would never have offered.
Zlatinov relied on a few publications in scientific journals. With no commercial implants available, the parts had to be custom-built.
At the end of the complex surgery, Pooh had a pair of titanium legs implanted into his body. They are connected to external prostheses that can be changed like shoes.
Notorious B.O.B. Downs 409 Wings To Reign At Wing Bowl
Philadelphia (AP) Bob “Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt choked down 409 chicken wings to become the finger-licking champion of Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl.
His winning finish Friday was 20 wings less than Molly Schuyler inhaled last year to take the championship title.
But Schuyler won a special, five-minute race this year against Bill “El Wingador” Simmonds after downing 95 wings.
The morning eating ordeal draws boozy spectators who tailgate beforehand outside the city’s sports arena to watch flamboyant contestants and suggestively-clad women known as Wingettes. This year, rapper Coolio performed between rounds.
Shoudt took home $10,000, a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Even with the slogan “if you heave, you leave,” the event included some romance. One contestant proposed to his girlfriend after he was ejected from the eat-off. She said “yes.”
Sinkhole Not Worsened By Super Bowl Fans Flushing
Fraser, MI (AP) Officials feel flushed with success after water conservation efforts prevented Super Bowl fans from adding to problems associated with a suburban Detroit sinkhole.
Macomb County public works chief Candice Miller warned Friday that thousands of football fans flushing toilets at halftime Sunday night could overwhelm a broken sewer line blamed for the sinkhole.
But she told radio station WWJ everything went OK on Sunday and that she believes efforts to conserve water in the affected communities “made the difference.”
Crews are building a bypass to get around the broken sewer line in Fraser, but it’s not ready yet. The line affects more than 300,000 people in 11 communities. The station says some people held back on flushing and some restaurants used paper plates to curb dishwashing water use.
Pennsylvania Casino Served Player 27 Drinks In 9 Hours
Mount Pocono, PA (AP) The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has fined a casino $25,000 for serving a gambler 27 drinks in a nine-hour period.
Mount Airy Casino Resort says it won’t comment on the fine. The gambling board says the fine was levied as part of a consent agreement, meaning the casino isn’t contesting the penalty.
The board says the customer was playing table-top slot machines at a casino bar when he was served. The board found the customer was showing signs of intoxication after nine drinks.