March 2, 2017
Would-Be Robbers Apologize And Move On
Milwaukee (AP) A Milwaukee woman held up at gunpoint by two men rebuffed their attempt to rob her and got an apology before they fled.
Kristy Welch was returning home Monday following a ceramics class when the two men approached her while she was still in her car.
Welch told them she just had surgery and didn’t have any money. That’s when the two men apologized and said “God bless you” before taking off. The encounter was caught on video surveillance.
Welch’s husband, Alfred, tells WTMJ-TV he installed a motion-activated camera outside their home many years ago.
Welch says that without the video, no one would have believed that someone put a gun to her face then blessed her and left without causing any harm.
Who Do You Call For Homework Help? Girl Chose The Police
Marion, OH (AP) The mother of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who messaged police on Facebook for help with math homework says the responding officer’s engaging approach is what counts, though his math was a little off.
Molly Draper’s daughter, Lena, recently messaged Marion police about equations involving addition of numbers in parenthesis as well as multiplication.
Lt. B.J. Gruber replied. He walked the fifth-grader through correctly solving one problem but slipped up on another, suggesting addition and multiplication steps in the wrong order.
Even so, his effort drew wide praise when Draper shared the exchange on Facebook. She tells WCMH-TV it demonstrates her daughter’s trust in police officers and good community relationship-building on their part.
Gruber took the math misstep in stride, joking that he should’ve mentioned his favorite subject was history.
Iceland’s President Has Strong Opinion About Pizza Toppings
Reykjavik, Iceland (AP) Iceland’s president’s strong views on pizza have caused an international stir.
Gudni Th. Johannesson disclosed his opposition to pineapple on pizza to Icelandic high school students last week. Icelandic media reported that he said he’d ban the fruity topping if he could.
It proved Johannesson’s most controversial statement since he took up the largely ceremonial post last year.
Amid a social-media storm, Johannesson released a statement on Facebook, stressing that he does not have the power to ban pizza toppings, and is “glad that I do not hold such power.”
The former history professor says he “would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country.”
For pizza, however, “I recommend seafood.”
Woman’s Sassy Obit Warns People To Wait To Claim Her Stuff
Columbus, OH (AP) Relatives of a 91-year-old Ohio woman who died this week are giving her the last word with a sassy, occasionally profane obituary that starts with the basics “I was born. I lived. I died.” and instructs people to “wait the appropriate amount of time” before trying to claim her stuff.
They wrote it in Jean Oddi’s perspective, recapping the people important to her, adventures she had and her favorite activities, including playing cards and teaching her granddaughter “dirty songs.”
Her daughter, Casey Oddi Clark, tells The Columbus Dispatch the obituary celebrates a blunt woman who lived unapologetically.
It also promises an “after-party” following the funeral but warns: “If you are sick, don’t bother to come. I might be dead, but I still don’t want your germs.”
Henryetta Changes Law To Allow Dancing In The Streets
Henryetta, OK (AP) Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta.
City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public school.
In February, resident Joni Insabella decided to host a dance above her store, which is within 500 feet of a church. The city’s Chamber of Commerce posted about the event and called Insabella a rule breaker on Facebook and accused her of getting special treatment, because of her husband, who’s the city’s attorney.
“We wanted just a good, clean, fun event. As I said, we know we’re in the Bible Belt. We weren’t having alcohol or anything. We just wanted it to be fun for the community,” Insabella said.
After the event was canceled, Mayor Jennifer Clason decided to look over the ordinance.
Clason, the city’s first female mayor, said when the dance ban resurfaced it received national attention for its similarity to the 1980s film “Footloose,” which tells the story of a small town banning dancing and rock music. She said prior to the cancelled event, she’d never heard of the ordinance preventing dancing.
Previously, dances were held at the city’s churches and schools without repercussions, said Clason.
Lunch? Swedish Politician Thinks Sex Should Be An Option
Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) A politician in northern Sweden wants to list sex as an officially approved activity for civil servants during their daily paid lunchbreak.
Per-Erik Muskos of the city council of Overtornea on the Arctic Circle says he made “a serious and formal” proposal Monday to add sex to the list of acceptable activities, which also include going to the gym or getting a massage, as well as eating.
He said Friday that benefits could include improving employee morale and increasing the population of the town of about 4,500.
Muskos said the municipality’s 550 employees are now assessing his proposal before it is discussed in the city council in a few months.
The 42-year-old lawmaker said negative reactions to his proposal came chiefly from “some elderly employees who find it embarrassing to talk about what happens in the bedroom.”
Pop-Tarts Cafe Now Offers Pizza, Tarty Tacos & Chili Pop-Tart Fries
New York (AP) Pop-Tarts might not just be for breakfast anymore.
Kellogg’s is giving the public a taste of some unique flavor combinations featuring the morning time treat by transforming its New York eatery into a Pop-Tarts Cafe this week.
Some of the menu items include a personal Pop-Tart pizza, chili Pop-Tart fries and tarty tacos.
Visitors to the Times Square restaurant can also sample milkshakes made from the pastry.
The pop-up Pop-Tarts Cafe is open through Sunday.