March 6, 2014
Woman Gives Birth In New York City Crosswalk
New York (AP) A New York City woman and her newborn are doing well after the baby girl made a surprise entrance on a busy street.
The open-air birth happened Monday afternoon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
According to New York’s Fox 5 News, the woman left her building to go to the hospital and her doorman tried to hail a taxi for her. But the baby couldn’t wait, and the woman lowered herself onto the ground in the crosswalk.
One witness told the TV station, “She was like, ‘Oh my God, the baby’s coming.’”
Several people stopped to help until police and medics arrived. Women offered scarves to wrap the baby.
An ambulance took the mother and baby to nearby Lenox Hill Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says they went home Wednesday.
City To Strike Ban On Being Willfully Annoying
Grand Rapids, MI (AP) It’s soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids. he Grand Rapids Press reports that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states “no person shall willfully annoy another person.”
City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is “unconstitutional in terms of being vague” and “simply unenforceable.” A final decision is expected March 11.
Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books. Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules.
Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.
Dufur Girl, 5, Wins World-Wide Support For Rooster
Dufur, OR (AP) People from all over the world are supporting a 5-year-old girl who is trying to hang on to her pet rooster in the Columbia River Gorge town of Dufur (DOO’-fer) where the mayor says it has to go because of a noise complaint.
Mayor Arthur Smith is also the nuisance enforcement officer and presided over a meeting Tuesday on the complaint.
The Oregonian reports 50 people crowded into the hearing room. No one spoke against Dallas the rooster.
Five-year-old Ayla Macnab slept through the meeting on her mother’s lap.
Smith has 10 days to decide whether to uphold the noise ordinance.
More than 22,000 people have signed an online petition to support the Macnab family, and nearly 7,000 have liked the ``Saving Dallas the rooster’’ Facebook page.
German Court: Implants No Impediment To Police Job
Berlin (AP) A German court has ruled that a prospective Berlin police recruit’s breast implants cannot legally be used as grounds to keep her off the force.
The woman applied in 2012 to join the Berlin police force, but was rejected after authorities said her breast implants would prevent her from wearing a protective vest or riot gear. They argued the implants would mean the protective gear put so much pressure on her chest that there was a risk of fibrosis or other health problems.
But a Berlin administrative court on Tuesday upheld her challenge of the decision, saying a doctor testified that protective gear should cause no greater health problems for a woman with implants than without.
The woman’s name was not released due to German privacy rules.
Huge Marilyn Monroe Statue To Leave California
Palm Springs, CA (AP) A massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has turned heads for two years in Palm Springs is headed east.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue will be transported in April from California to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.
A going away party, open to the public, is planned for March 27.
The statue of the “Some Like it Hot” star arrived in the desert resort city in 2012.
The sculpture depicts Monroe trying to push down her billowing skirt in her memorable scene in the “Seven Year Itch.”
The “Forever Marilyn” statue, on loan from The Sculpture Foundation, was previously in Chicago.
Palm Springs officials say they hope to eventually lure Marilyn back.
Man Wears "Breaking Bad" Shirt After Meth Arrest
Chicago (AP) A suburban Chicago man accused of operating a methamphetamine lab appears in his booking photo wearing a T-shirt from the television show “Breaking Bad.”
Daniel Kowalski’s mug shot shows him wearing a T-shirt for the fictional Los Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurant depicted in the AMC show about a methamphetamine manufacturer.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office says deputies acting on a tip checked Kowalski’s home Monday. They found beakers, burners, chemicals and instructions for making meth in the house in unincorporated La Grange Highlands. Psychedelic mushrooms were also recovered. The 21-year-old Kowalski is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine manufacturing materials and precursors. He was arrested in July 2013 on similar charges.
Kowalski’s bond was set Wednesday at $100,000. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.
Dove Nixes ‘Armpit Of America’
New York - Dove is scrapping its plans to run a billboard in New Jersey that tells residents to embrace being called “The Armpit of America.”
Unilever, the brand’s parent company, says the billboard featuring the well-known dig at the Garden State will not run this summer after all.
The news of the billboard sparked complaints after the New York Times published a story about it last week. The article included an image of the billboard, which featured a woman in a white tank top raising an arm behind her head to expose an armpit.
The text read, “Dear New Jersey, When people call you ‘The Armpit of America,’ take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove.”
The ad was to promote a new line of Dove deodorants.
Man’s Speeding Ticket Excuse?? He Won The Lottery!
Hingham, MA (AP) A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.
It turns out Thursday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe’s lucky day in more ways than one. The officer who pulled him over in Hingham (HING’-um) issued a verbal warning and urged him to drive safely.
Lowe, of Rockland, told the officer he was speeding because he had won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and was on his way to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to collect his winnings.
WCVB-TV reports that police say Lowe was shaking, and showed the officer his winning ticket.
After the warning, he went on his way and claimed his prize.
Doughnut Shop In YMCA Won’t Sell Doughnuts
Quincy, MA (AP) A doughnut shop chain won’t be selling doughnuts at a new Massachusetts location.
Quincy’s licensing board this week approved a plan for Honey Dew Donuts to open a shop inside the city’s new $30 million YMCA.
A spokeswoman for the Y tells The Patriot Ledger that because of the organization’s emphasis on physical fitness, no doughnuts will be sold. The shop will sell coffee, low-fat muffins, salads, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit cups and smoothies. All menu items must be approved by the Y. According to Honey Dew’s website, its low-fat muffins contain more calories and sugar than many of its doughnuts.