January 28, 2016
British Principal Tells Parents: No Pajamas On School Run
London (AP) The principal of a primary school in northern England wants to impose a dress code not on students, but on their parents.
That’s because she’s tired of them wearing pajamas and slippers when they drop off their offspring at the school gates each morning.
Kate Chisholm of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, 240 miles (385 kilometers) north of London said she acted after some parents wore what she considered nightwear to school meetings. In the letter published Tuesday she asked parents to “dress appropriately in day wear” when bringing their children to school. Chisholm said she wanted parents to set a good example for the students and that it was “not too much to ask parents to have a wash and get dressed.”
Burglary Suspect Identified After Locking Keys In Car
Anchorage, AK (AP) A man suspected of burglarizing two Alaska businesses was delayed in his get-away by locking his keys in his car. A call to a cab company helped open the car but also led to his identification.
Surveillance video of the burglary and the taxi led police in North Pole, a city 14 miles south of Fairbanks, to seek a warrant for 27-year-old Joseph Michael Barria, who is suspected of stealing tools, stereo equipment and other property from a laundry and a fitness business. The Jan. 6 video shows a man carrying items from the businesses into his car, then pulling his car closer to the door. Later, a cab arrives to help the man open the locked car.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports police recovered $3,500 worth of tools stolen from the laundry in the trunk of Barria’s car. Prosecutors on Wednesday filed criminal charges of burglary while armed with a gun, felony theft and misdemeanor mischief charges. A Fairbanks judge issued a $10,000 warrant for Barria’s arrest.
Pittsburgh Man’s Obituary Asks Voters Not To Vote For Trump
Pittsburgh (AP) A Pittsburgh chiropractor’s obituary is asking people to not vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in lieu of sending flowers. Jason Brown tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he and his brother decided to include the line in their father’s obituary after recalling one published in August for a New Jersey woman: Elaine Fydrych (FID’-rich) had urged her loved ones not to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Brown’s father, Jeffrey Cohen, died Sunday at age 70.
Brown says his father didn’t request the line in his obit. Brown and his brother included it in their light-hearted remembrance thinking it would be “the perfect joke.” Brown doesn’t know whether his dad was a Democrat or an independent. But he’s virtually certain his dad wasn’t a Republican and didn’t like Trump.
Texas ‘Weather Nerd’ Comes To NYC To See Snow Firsthand
New York (AP) Texans Steve and Kathleen Yarborough weren’t quite like the other travelers stuck in New York this weekend: They came to the city because of the big snowstorm.
“I’m a weather nerd,” the husband said in an upbeat tone Monday as the couple waited for a return flight to Houston. “I came out to see the storm.”
Steve Yarborough, a Texas born and bred aviation data specialist, said that in Houston, the closest he gets to snow is on the aviation maps he pores over.
When he saw the weekend storm building up, he said he and his wife booked a flight to see it firsthand. They got onto the last United Airlines flight to leave Houston for New York.
“People thought we were crazy,” he said. “We played in the snow all day Saturday. Walked down Park Avenue in the middle of the storm. We walked all over the city.”
And it was worth it.
“I just like snow, because we don’t see it,” he said. “I just think it’s incredible.”
California’s Nudists Told To Cover Up If They Want To Use Gym
Huntington Beach, CA (AP) The Naturists in the OC will have to stop going au naturale if they want to keep using the Huntington Beach City Gym and Pool.
Since 2007, the Orange County group has rented the facility for private gatherings at which members play basketball, volleyball and swim‚ all while naked.
The Orange County Register reports the gatherings came to an end in September after City Manager Fred Wilson signed a regulation banning gymnasium nudity.
Wilson says it was too difficult for city employees to get their work done in the presence of naked people.
The nudists are asking the City Council to rescind his order.
Council members heard their complaints Tuesday, but they took no action because the issue wasn’t on the agenda.
Designer Makes Gowns Out Of Car Interior Material
Detroit (AP) One auto supplier is taking the term “ready to wear” to a whole new level.
Inteva Products LLC commissioned a fashion designer to produce four gowns using the same thermoplastic material the maker of engineered components and systems places in the instrument panel surface of a number of General Motors Co. vehicles.
The results were on display during a recent pop-up fashion show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Four models outfitted with formal dresses made from Inteva’s Inteather material strutted up and down a carpeted area, passing by dumbfounded auto show attendees as well as the GMC Yukon and Sierra, both of which feature instrument panel exteriors made of Inteather, a thermoplastic olefin material.
Inteather has the appearance of traditional leather, but Inteva says it weighs less, lasts longer, and is recyclable.
Inteva’s Ken Gassman, who leads the team responsible for the commercial use of Inteather, was on hand to see the models in action. He says the designer, Ferndale-based Janna Coumoundouros, did a “phenomenal job” creating the gowns.
Coumoundouros says people are taken aback by the texture of the dresses, because “it looks like hard leather, but when they touch it, it’s really soft.”
“Even though it’s automotive material, they’re very elegant,” she said. “They have a really classic, beautiful look to them, too, so people are very, very surprised when they find out what the material is.”
Lizard Found In Kindergarten’s Salad Becomes Class Pet
Princeton, NJ (AP) A central New Jersey elementary school science class has a new pet after a lizard was discovered in a student’s salad after being refrigerated for days.
Riverside Elementary School science teacher Mark Eastburn told NJ.com the 3-inch green anole lizard was found in a bundle of tatsoi greens last week by a kindergartner.
The lizard had been cold and lifeless after being confined in a refrigerator for days, but has since been warmed and lives in a cage in Eastburn’s class.
“It’s a really fitting mascot for our science lab,” he said.
The lizard, dubbed “Green Fruit Loop,” came from Florida. Eastburn said green anole lizards live in the southeastern states, from Texas to North Carolina.
“It probably has some moderate adaptation to the cold which is why it made it through,” Eastburn said.
The tatsoi had been bought from Whole Earth Center, a natural foods store in Princeton. Mike Atkinson, the store’s produce manager, said the greens are cleaned as they’re stocked and that the lizard must’ve been tucked away in a leaf.