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Paper Gets Accidental Traffic Ticket Fax

BELLEVILLE, Ill., Oct. 11 (UPI) — An Illinois sheriff’s department records clerk who sought to have a college student’s speeding ticket dismissed accidentally faxed the request to a newspaper. The Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat said it received a fax from St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department records clerk Joann Reed asking for a speeding ticket to be […]

Doctor Apologizes For $73,000 Ring Lawsuit

HOUSTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) — A well-known Houston doctor said he was dropping a lawsuit seeking a $73,000 engagement ring from his ex-fiancee and he will pay her legal fees. Tony Buzbee, an attorney for Nichole Johnson, released a statement from the woman’s ex-fiance, Dr. Craig Fischer, chief of digestive surgical oncology and associate professor […]

Judge To Teens: ‘Pull Up Pants’

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) — A New York judge who often deals with teenagers said he was so tired of seeing them with saggy pants that he taped a notice to the defense table. City Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Padro said he affixed the “Pull Up Pants” sign but he still often has to […]

France Bans Ketchup In Schools

PARIS, Oct. 8 (UPI) — The French government said it is banning ketchup from being served with any dishes except fries in all school and college cafeterias. Officials said the ketchup ban, which also stipulates fries can be served a maximum once per week, is aimed at promoting healthy eating among the country’s youngsters, the […]

Some Find Skywriting Art Project ‘Creepy’

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) — The non-profit behind a popular elevated park in New York has taken credit for skywriting messages such as “Last Chance” and “Lost Our Lease.” Friends of the High Line, the non-profit that turned a former elevated freight railroad spur into the High Line park, said the skywriting messages Sunday, […]

‘Least Active’ City Holds Sedentary Parade

LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 10 (UPI) — The mayor of a Kentucky city sat atop a moving couch at the head of a parade mocking the city being named the least active in the country by a magazine. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray sat on the sofa, which came complete with a coffee table atop the mobile […]

Thief Takes Horse’s Tail Hair

BELGRADE, Mont., Oct. 10 (UPI) — A Montana woman says she felt “violated” after discovering someone had entered her horse’s pen and lopped off its tail. Alisha Novotny of Belgrade said she entered the pen of her horse, Raz, Oct. 2 and immediately noticed the mare’s tail was clipped, KECI-TV, Missoula, reported Monday. “I just […]

Celebrities Help Students Get Up For School

SEATTLE, Oct. 5 (UPI) — A non-profit is teaming with U.S. cities including Seattle to record celebrity wake-up calls for students to ensure they get up in time for school. The Get Schooled Foundation, a non-profit affiliated with the Gates Foundation, said celebrities including Jesse McCartney, Nicki Minaj, Baron Davis and Wiz Khalifa have recorded […]

West Virginia Liquor Stores Stay Open For Election

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 5 (UPI) — West Virginia liquor retailers said they were delighted to keep their doors open Tuesday, the first time alcohol sales have been allowed on Election Day. The retailers said Tuesday’s gubernatorial election marked the first time in 148 years they have been able to sell alcohol on an Election Day […]

City Bans Man’s ‘Thriller’ Plans

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 5 (UPI) — Florida officials said they banned a man known for his Halloween displays from hosting a “Thriller” dance in his driveway because it would violate city codes. Boca Raton officials said Rick Newman can still go forward with plans for robotic monsters, red-dyed fountains and light shows in his […]


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