April 24, 2014
Miss America: Don’t Suspend Teen Over Prom Invite
York, PA (AP) Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.
The York Dispatch reported Sunday that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization’s Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves.
Davuluri says her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with Farves.
School officials knew Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.
He apologized for disrupting Thursday’s event. Davuluri was there to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.
Woman Moves Stranger’s Vehicle; Key Fits 2 Cars
New York (AP) A Brooklyn woman says her mother accidentally moved a stranger’s car with a key that fit two vehicles.
Cheryl Thorpe was house-sitting for her daughter, Nekisia Davis, when the mix-up occurred on April 7.
Thorpe had agreed to move cars for Davis and her friends because of street cleaning regulations.
She even texted them to proudly report: ``All cars moved successfully.’’ When they got home from vacation, Davis’ friend discovered the Honda that Thorpe had moved wasn’t hers.
It took 10 days to track down the owner, who thought she’d been targeted by a professional car thief.
According to CBS New York Davis now jokes that her mom stole a car while its owner was eating brunch. Honda says it’s very rare for a key to fit two cars.
Bryant University Cracks Down On Selfies At Graduation
Boston (AP) Rhode Island’s Bryant University is asking students to resist the urge to take selfies with its president while receiving their diplomas.
University President Ronald Machtley (MAYK’-lee) says students ask him to take selfies on the Smithfield campus all the time. But he says having more than 800 students snap photos with him as they get their degrees will slow down the already hours-long ceremony.
He says he’d be happy to take some photos afterward.
Students will be able to take photos until the start of the May 17 graduation and post them to a new website hosted by the university.
Senior and Worcester (WUS’-tur), Massachusetts, native Ali Luthman says some students might be upset about the no selfies rule but “no one is crying about it.”
Alleged Fraudster Visits Austrian Police, Arrested
Vienna (AP) A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation.
Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night.
Spokesman Anton Schentz told the Austria Press Agency on Saturday the man told officers he just wanted to check that they had “nothing on him.”
Officers checked their records and found a recent arrest warrant from a Vienna court on four counts of fraud and embezzlement.
Police say the man, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to a Salzburg prison.
Woman Reunited With Dog & TV Snatched On 1st Date
Dover, NJ (AP) A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online.
The woman called police early Saturday to say that her dog, Violet, had been tied by its leash to the TV, and both were left in the front yard of her Dover home, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported. Violet appeared to be in good health.
Authorities say the pair met on a dating site and went out for the first time Thursday night. After returning home, the woman said she became occupied in another room, leaving the man alone. When she returned, he was gone and so were her dog, valued at $4,000, and her TV, worth about $3,000.
The woman said she knew the man only as “Joel” and believed he lived in Elizabeth. Police said Saturday that they know the man’s identity and that charges could be filed, though the investigation is ongoing.
Police said the man used the woman’s cellphone, so they dusted it for fingerprints. They also checked other locations that the short-lived couple visited on their date.
Professor: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Pic Got Me Suspended
PARAMUS, NJ (AP) A New Jersey professor claims he was suspended over an online photo containing a quote from “Game of Thrones” that he says a school official perceived as a threat.
Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, says he was suspended for eight days after posting a photo in January of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a T-shirt with a quote from the graphic HBO show that read: “I will take what is mine with fire and blood.”
Schmidt said school officials questioned whether the reference was meant as a threat against a dean, who was one of the people who viewed the post on Schmidt’s Google Plus social media feed.
The school has been embroiled in labor negotiations and Schmidt said he wondered if his suspension had to do with him filing a grievance after being denied a sabbatical about two months prior to the incident.
Schmidt says he was ordered to consult a psychiatrist as one of the conditions of being reinstated with back pay.
“In following its safety and security procedures, the college investigates all situations where a member of its community‚ students, faculty, staff or local residents expresses a safety or security concern,” Hlavenka said, citing multiple school shootings across the U.S. this year.
Schmidt told The Record that school officials told him the quoted phrase triggered thoughts of the possibility of a school shooting when he asked what they found threatening about it.
“For God’s sake, I’m a middle-aged art professor, I don’t own any firearms,” Schmidt told the newspaper.
Schmidt’s suspension was first reported Thursday on the Inside Higher Ed website.
Man Avoids $525 Fine For Refill At SC Hospital
Charleston, SC (AP) A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.
When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket. Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink before without paying.
VA spokeswoman Tonya C. Lobbestael said after reviewing what happened at the Ralph C. Johnson Center in Charleston, officials decided a warning was sufficient.
Lobbestael says the cafeteria at the center has signs posted in the drink machines indicating the cost of refills. Failing to pay for the refills is considered shoplifting.