June 26, 2014
Firemen Rescue Man When ‘Lady’ Sculpture Traps Him
Berlin (AP) An American exchange student who got stuck in a giant vagina sculpture was freed by firefighters in southwestern Germany.
Tuebingen fire service official Markus Mozer said Monday that the young man slipped as he tried to climb into the stone sculpture to pose for a photo.
He couldn’t free himself, so the fire service was called. Four firefighters eased him out of the sculpture.
The incident happened on Friday and the student’s name wasn’t released.
Mozer says no damage was done to the sculpture, created by Peruvian-born artist Fernando de la Jara.
Judge Tells Fast-Food Worker To Get A ‘Real Job’
Billings, MT (AP) A Montana judge told a 21-year-old man convicted in a vandalism spree to replace his fast-food job with a “real job” so he can more quickly pay restitution.
The Billings Gazette reports District Judge G. Todd Baugh (baw) sentenced Brandon Daniel Turell to 10 years, with five suspended, and ordered him to pay over $13,000 in restitution.
Baugh is separately facing public censure and suspension for saying a 14-year-old rape victim appeared “older than her chronological age.”
Prosecutors said Turell and a co-defendant used a stolen BB gun to shoot out the windows of about 100 vehicles in December 2012.
Baugh asked Turell what he was doing to repay his victims.
Turell said he had been working at Burger King, to which Baugh responded: “Why can’t you get a real job?”
Turell said he was making $9.50 an hour.
Los Angeles Street Sign Allowed 1-Minute Parking
Los Angeles (AP) Motorists in Los Angeles are known to chafe at the city’s confusing parking restrictions and pricey penalties, but an erroneous street sign spotted last week had drivers scratching their heads.
The sign said “1 minute parking” and was posted near the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Montana Avenue. A photo of the sign went viral online, eliciting amusement and outrage alike.
Transportation department spokesman Jonathan Hui confirmed Monday that the sign was a typo, not a prank.
Hui says the transit agency didn’t receive a formal complaint about the 60-second parking window, but a staff member noticed the online chatter and reported it for repairs.
The faulty sign was replaced Friday with a “1 hour parking” sign.
Thief Steals Model A From Churchgoer, Crashes It
Prineville, OR (AP) Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off.
But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff’s deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville.
Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available.
KTVZ-TV reports that the man was fixing the car for a family that owned it.
Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He swam to shore and was arrested after he was treated at a Bend hospital.
Swollen Creek Not Enough To Halt Take Out Delivery
Fairbanks, AL (AP) A little thing like a flooded creek was not enough to keep an Alaska restaurant owner from delivering Thai ribs and fried rice to stranded customers over the weekend.
Anuson “Knott” Poolsawat, owner of Knott’s Take Out in North Pole, forded the swollen waters of Clear Creek to reach two customers stuck along the Richardson Highway, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Mike Laiti and Brandon Borgens were completing a multi-day drive Saturday night up the Alaska Highway when they called in their order to the restaurant, which was near closing.
As they approached Clear Creek, they learned a sinkhole had developed from heavy rain near the creek. The state Department of Transportation closed the bridge.
Laiti called Poolsawat to cancel their order at the restaurant more than 25 miles away in North Pole.
“I called him and said, ‘Hey man, I can’t make it,’ and he said, ‘Not a problem, I’ll come cross the waters,’” Laiti said. “He called me and said, ‘Should I bring a boat?’”
Poolsawat arrived with takeout boxes containing Thai barbecue ribs and Thai fried rice. Another box held a “dinosaur egg”‚ a hardboiled egg that’s fried and covered in a sweet sesame sauce.
Poolsawat hiked up his shorts and waded through the creek, holding the takeout boxes over his head. The cold water was hip-deep.
Poolsawat had already done them a favor by staying open late, Laiti said. The delivery was beyond expectations.
“He’d help anybody out. He’s just a really good positive attitude, just a good guy,” said Laiti. “He’s definitely a goofball character and the food he makes is great.”
It’s A Frog, It’s A Gorilla, No, It’s Pig The Dog
Alabaster, AL (AP) It’s impossible not to stare at Kim Dillenbeck’s dog Pig.
Born in Atlanta with severe deformities and adopted by the Alabama woman, the 8-month-old mutt has gangly legs, a body that appears to have been chopped in half and no neck.
Pig looks like one of those fake animals created with Photoshop to draw clicks on websites, yet she’s real.
“The whole clinic loves her. She comes in and she’s a rock star here,” said Dr. Rachael Hudson-Breland, a veterinarian who treats Pig.
The friendly little animal hops like a frog to stand up and walks with a high-shouldered gait that resembles a gorilla.
Unable to swing her head side to side, Pig spins her whole body to see what’s beside her.
Overall, though, Pig is in great shape for the shape she’s in.
“I don’t think Pig really knows that she looks different,” Hudson-Breland said.