February 28, 2013
Shoeshine Man Donates $200,000 In Tips
Pittsburgh (AP) A shoeshine man has given a Pittsburgh children’s hospital a total of more than $200,000 in tips he’s collected over the last 30 years.
Albert Lexie says he’s been shining shoes for $5 at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh since the early 1980s. He says most customers tip him $1 and some give him an extra $2. He says a doctor gave him a $50 bill for Christmas.
WTAE-TV says Lexie gives all his tip money to the hospital’s sick children.
Dr. Joseph Carcillo says Lexie has donated more than a third of his lifetime salary to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, which helps parents who can’t afford to pay their sick children’s medical costs.
Lexie has been shining shoes since the 1950s. He says, “It’s good to be a hero.”
To Shave Or Not To Shave? Prejudices Against Hairy Men
Sao Paulo (AP) Hate that hair? In Brazil, beware.
A self-regulatory council for Brazil’s advertising industry is looking into complaints against razor maker Gillette for running body-shaving commercials.
Council spokesman Eduardo Correa says 20 consumers have filed complaints that the campaign “encourages prejudice against hairy men.”
The online commercials show beautiful women telling men they should shave their chests to please their girlfriends.
The council’s ethical committee is expected to rule on the case in 30 days.
Elaine Moreira is a spokeswoman for Gillette parent company Procter & Gamble. She says the campaign was “an irreverent way to say that women prefer hairless men and that the company never meant to offend consumers.”
Lions, Bears Removed From Gangster’s Property
Bucharest, Romania (AP) Authorities have removed four lions and two bears from the estate of a notorious Romanian gangster, who reportedly used them to threaten his victims.
Ion Balint was arrested Feb. 22 with dozens of others on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, blackmail and possessing illegal weapons. In 2009, he was sentenced for human trafficking, violence and pimping.
Environmental authorities and the Vier Pfoten animal charity tranquilized the animals Wednesday, carried them on stretchers into cages and transported them to a zoo.
Dozens of bystanders gathered outside the estate’s gates in Bucharest’s slums.
Neighbors and relatives of Balint rejected reports from investigators who said he used the lions, which he had no permit for, to intimidate his victims. They said the 48-year-old Balint is simply an animal lover.
$100M Mansion Comes With
Unusual Sale Requirement
Hillsborough, CA (AP) As if the $100 million asking price wasn’t deterrent enough, the owner of a mansion for sale in a ritzy San Francisco suburb says the buyer can move in only after his death.
The unusual arrangement is for a 16,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home on more than 45 acres in Hillsborough.
The San Mateo County Times reports the owner, 76-year-old Christian de Guigne (deh GHEEN-yay) IV, was born and raised in the home and doesn’t plan to turn it over to the new owner until he dies. Sotheby’s International Realty agent Gregg Lynn says the arrangement was common for property traded up until the 20th century. He called the estate a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Another home nearby recently sold for $117.5 million.
Annoying Many, Maine Man Can Whistle If He Keeps Moving
Portland, ME (AP) A Maine man charged with disorderly conduct for his loud whistling in downtown Portland has reached a deal with the city, he can whistle, but he can’t linger in one spot.
Robert Smith, of Westbrook, has been cited by police twice in the past year after businesses complained. He pleaded guilty last summer and reached a deal with the city in which he can keep whistling as long as he’s moving.
Smith tells The Portland Press Herald his whistling audible a block away is protected free speech and usually brings smiles.
City officials dispute the free speech argument.
Janis Beitzer, of the Portland Downtown District, understands why some business owners are upset with the whistling. She calls it “irritating,” like playing a radio too loud.
Boy Calls 911 In Hopes
To Avoid Bedtime
Brockton, MA (AP) Police in Massachusetts say a 10-year-old boy called 911 because he didn’t want to go to bed.
Brockton police say the boy made the emergency call just after 8 p.m. Wednesday and told the dispatcher he was calling to report his mother because he did not want to go to bed.
There was no emergency.
The Enterprise reports that according to the police log, an officer went to the boy’s home and explained to him when it’s appropriate and when it’s not to call 911.
No one was charged.
2 Everest Climbs Put Nepalese Woman In Record Book
Katmandu, Nepal (AP) Nepalese mountaineer Chhurim entered the record book by scaling Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. In fact, she did so a week apart.
Guinness World Records said she is the first woman to climb the world’s highest mountain twice in the same season, the brief window of good weather each year that allows climbers to reach the summit.
Nepal’s Tourism Minister Posta Bahadur Bogati handed over the Guinness World Records certificate issued to 29-year-old Chhurim on Monday.
She scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit on May 12, 2012, descended to the base camp for a couple of days’ rest and then scaled the peak again a week later on May 19.
Chhurim, who uses only one name like most Sherpas, said she is not ready to quit.
“Everest is the first of the highest mountains that I have climbed, but I will continue mountaineering and hope to scale more peaks,” she said.
Chhurim said there are not many women mountaineers and only a few of them have records.
“The male mountaineers have set many records but women have fallen behind. It can be difficult for women because they are considered not as strong as men and face many problems like finding toilets,” she said.
The Nepal Mountaineering Association said Everest has been climbed by nearly 4,000 people since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal did so in 1953.
Women are a small number of them. The extremely harsh weather conditions that batter the highest Himalayan peaks limit the climbing season to just a few weeks every year. Spring is the most popular season on Everest when hundreds of mountaineers attempt every year.
The climbers generally reach the mountain in March or April, acclimatize to the higher elevation and low oxygen and train for climbing the snowy trail to the peak. The weather usually improves for a few days in May when they line up to the summit.