April 9, 2015
Burger King To pay For The Wedding Of Mr. Burger, Ms.King
Springfield, IL (AP) Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company’s proposal Monday.
The State Journal-Register reports that the couple has been known as Burger-King since they were in the fifth grade together, in New Berlin near Springfield.
The couple announced their engagement this spring with a photo next to the sign at a local Burger King restaurant. Although a woman’s name usually comes first in an engagement announcement, they decided to flip their names.
A Burger King spokesman says the company felt an overwhelming urge to help the happy couple celebrate their upcoming marriage. The Burger-King nuptials will be held July 17 in nearby Jacksonville.
Russian Chainsaw Thief Is Sorry, And He Left A Note
Moscow (AP) A burglar in a small town in Siberia has broken into a house and left his photograph with a note of apology.
The burglar in Prokopyevsk, about 3,100 kilometers east of Moscow, picked the lock on the front door and stole a chain saw as well as several blocks of cigarette packs, the Interior Ministry’s department in the Kemerovo region said on Friday.
The owner of the house found a photo of the burglar lying on the desk with a handwritten note on the back which said: “I’m going to give myself up today. Please forgive me. I hate myself for this.”
Police eventually found the man who turned out to be a 26-year-old local resident with multiple convictions for burglaries.
The police did not say when the burglary happened.
Fairy Tales Come True: Couple Wins Lottery For Second Time
London (AP) A couple from northern England has defied the odds again by winning a million pounds ($1.5 million) in the lottery for a second time.
David and Kathleen Long won the money and a car in the EuroMillions Mega Friday Draw, having already scooped up 1 million pounds in 2013.
Lottery operator Camelot said Wednesday the couple beat odds of 283-billion-to-1.
David Long says he played his usual numbers and watched in amazement as they came up. His wife, Kathleen, had to verify them. Since then, it’s all been a blur.
The retired truck driver says the win means he’ll probably take his wife on a cruise as he’s run out of excuses not to go now. A party is also planned.
Canadians Make 2,000 Mile Trip For Some KFC
Corbin, KY (AP) Two thousand miles might seem like a long way to go for fried chicken.
Two men from Canada who took their sons on a journey to the original home of Kentucky Fried Chicken say it’s a trip they’ll never forget.
The Times-Tribune reports this was the third trip to the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum for Brian Lutfy, one of the fathers who piled the four sons into a van for the 34-hour pilgrimage from Montreal, Quebec. His tales of earlier visits inspired the trip.
The friends left on Thursday, traveling to Colonel Sanders’ birthplace and burial place before arriving at the Corbin restaurant Saturday afternoon.
For three of the sons, it was the first time they had tasted KFC. And 10-year-old Jesse Janna said it was “delicious!”
Cambodian Cinema Puts Brakes On Furious 7 Competition
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AP) A cinema chain in the Cambodian capital has apologized for what it called a “Fast and Furious Competition,” which was criticized for encouraging participants to drive fast and post online photos of their speedometers.
Legend Cinemas had launched the competition ahead of the April 13 release of “Furious 7” in Cambodia, the latest film in the blockbuster Hollywood franchise known for its high-speed driving and outrageous auto antics.
The cinema chain posted a message Thursday on its Facebook page that called on drivers of motorcycles and cars to photograph their speedometers and post the pictures with the tagline, “I’m the fastest like #Fast&Furious7.”
Di Lant, a cinema spokeswoman, said Friday that the posting immediately drew complaints from people who misinterpreted the nature of the competition.
“It was purely a game. We were not encouraging people to commit traffic violations,” Di Lant said. “But to avoid any misunderstanding, we have removed the advertisement.”
Within two hours of being posted, she said the campaign was taken down. A new message that was posted later Thursday said: “We do apologize for our Fast & Furious competition ... It was a shame that we made it happen.”
Cambodia’s transportation ministry says that about six people die each day in traffic accidents on Cambodia roads.
Sea Lion Pulls Man With Fish Into San Diego Bay
San Diego (AP) Officials say a 62-year-old man holding a fish he caught on a boat in a San Diego bay was pulled overboard by a sea lion.
San Diego lifeguards tell the Los Angeles Times that the man was posing for a photo when the sea lion, apparently attempting to get the fish, bit on the man’s arm instead and pulled him to the bottom of the 20 feet of water in Mission Bay until he was let go and rose to the surface.
San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Capt. Joe Amador says in a report by U-T San Diego that the animal lunged over a railing on the boat and latched onto his hand and the fish around 4 p.m..
He says the man had cuts on his hands and feet and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.