June 30, 2016
Germany Man Finds $166,000 In Old Cupboard, Hands It Back
Berlin (AP) Police in the German town of Minden say a 25-year-old man who arrived last year as a refugee is their “hero of the day” after he found some 150,000 euros ($166,095) and handed it to authorities. The unidentified Syrian man discovered the money in a cupboard he had been given by a charitable organization.
Minden police said Tuesday that he found about 50,000 euros in cash and savings books containing more than 100,000 euros hidden under a board while assembling the furniture.
Police said in a statement that while small amounts of money are regularly handed in to authorities, “such a large sum is the absolute exception.”
The man arrived in Germany last October as a refugee.
40-Year-Old Twinkie Still Going Strong
Blue Hill, ME (AP) In a glass box in a private school in Maine sits a 40-year-old chemistry experiment still going strong: A decades-old Twinkie.
ABC News reports the experiment started in 1976 when Roger Bennatti was teaching a lesson to his high school chemistry class on food additives and shelf life.
After a student wondered about the shelf life of the snack, Bennatti sent the students to the store with some money. When they returned with the treat, Bennatti ate one and placed the still-surviving Twinkie on the blackboard.
Bennatti has since retired, but the snack now resides in the office of George Stevens Academy’s Dean of Students Libby Rosemeier.
Rosemeier told ABC News she isn’t sure who will inherit the Twinkie when she retires, but joked that the Smithsonian hasn’t called yet.
Texas City Council Votes To Oust Library Cat
White Settlement, TX (AP) A North Texas city council has started a cat fight by voting to oust the furry mascot of the city’s public library.
The governing council of the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement voted 2-1 to give the library 30 days to find a new home for Browser the cat.
The ex-shelter cat has been a library fixture for six years. But council member Elzie Clements moved at a June 14 council meeting for the tabby’s removal.
Mayor Ron White, who has no vote on the council, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the vote was a tit-for-tat after a city employee wasn’t allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall.
Ex-council member Alan Price said Browser’s supporters will petition for a reprieve in November’s elections.
British Couple To See Whether Alabama Is Their Cup Of Tea
Birmingham, AL (AP) A British couple who mistook Birmingham, Alabama, for Birmingham, England, when booking a trip to Las Vegas a few months ago will get to see the Alabama version for themselves Aug. 16-17.
Al.com reports Richella Heekin and Ben Marlow will spend a day and a half in the Alabama city after spending a week in Las Vegas. Heekin had mistakenly booked a surprise trip to Las Vegas for her boyfriend’s 30th birthday out of the Birmingham, Alabama, airport instead of the one in England. After learning of the mistake, English business magnate Richard Branson said in a statement that his companies Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays would pick up the tab to fly the couple from Manchester, England, to Las Vegas plus their accommodations in Las Vegas.
German Court Restarts Trial After Judge Repeatedly Nods Off
Berlin (AP) A German court had to restart the trial of two men suspected of robbing a grocery store because a judge kept nodding off during the proceedings.
The Muenster state court told the dpa news agency on Tuesday that the presiding judge decided it was better to start things over than provide immediate grounds for an appeal. German trials are typically heard by a panel of five judges, three professionals and two lay judges. In this case, it was one of the lay judges who couldn’t stay awake on Monday.
Fortunately, it was the first day of the trial and it was able to start again from scratch after an alternate judge took his place.
Horseback Rider On NYC Bridge Is Raising Hunger Awareness
New York (AP) A cowboy who tied up traffic by riding a horse across a busy bridge connecting New York City and New Jersey says he is traversing the country to raise money and awareness for child hunger.
Tod Mishler, 80, was followed across the Outerbridge Crossing on Monday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.
Once he was safely across the bridge, officers issued him two criminal court summonses, for trespassing and impeding traffic.
A video sent to the Staten Island Advance newspaper showed Mishler sporting a cowboy hat, a brown vest and a red kerchief and riding quickly toward Staten Island. New Jersey-bound traffic slowed as motorists stopped to watch. The rider held the reins of the second horse laden down with bags.
“My dream is to ride across the country and let the people know that we have the money to feed every starving child in the world,” Mishler told WCBS-TV.
Mishler, who goes by Doc, said that he hadn’t paid any toll for riding across the bridge on his horse and that he had been on his way to a corral in Queens.
He said didn’t have any ill-will toward authorities for the summonses.
“The police are always here to serve and protect all across the law,” he said.
Mishler, of Ulster Park, New York, has earned both admirers and critics for his horse-riding endeavors.