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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 […]

City Nixes Anti-Swearing Laws

PARK RIDGE, Ill., Oct. 5 (UPI) — Officials in an Illinois city said they have done away with a ban on public profanity as part of an effort to do away with outdated ordinances. The Park Ridge City Council voted to get rid of the law, which made it illegal “to use profanity in any […]

Pantsless Man, 18, Arrested At Messy Home

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 5 (UPI) — Police in Connecticut said they arrested a man whose mother called 911 to report he was swearing at her during an argument about his messiness. Investigators said a 54-year-old Stamford woman called police Sunday night and reported her son, Luis Perez, 18, had started shouting profanities at her during […]

Bus Driver Allegedly Booted Crying Baby

HILLSBORO, Ore., Oct. 4 (UPI) — Oregon’s TriMet bus system said it is investigating allegations a woman and her baby were kicked off a bus by a driver upset by the infant’s crying. Passenger Jennifer Chapman of Forest Grove said the female driver of the No. 57 TriMet bus, which serves Hillsboro, forced her and […]

Woman Sues Walmart Over 2 Cents, Wins $100

MURRYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania woman was awarded $100 in damages from Walmart over a 2-cent disparity between an item’s tagged price and its scanned price. Murrysville District Judge Charles Conway sided with consumer activist Mary Bach of Murrysville, whose civil suit against Walmart claimed the company intentionally charged 2 cents more […]

Students Want Leaf Blowers Banned

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) — Some students at a Florida college say they want leaf blowers banned in their county to cut down on noise and pollution. The Palm Beach State College students, who call themselves Students Against Volatile Emissions, or S.A.V.E., said they will urge Palm Beach County commissioners during Tuesday’s […]

Boss Offered Prize For Predicting Firings

BETTENDORF, Iowa, Oct. 4 (UPI) — An Iowa judge sided with former convenience store workers whose former boss offered prizes to employees who could correctly guess who would be fired next. Former QC Mart cashier Misty Shelsky of Davenport said she and other workers from her branch quit after William Ernst, 57, owner of the […]

Clerk Error Leads To $25 Million Lottery Win

LITHONIA, Ga., Oct. 4 (UPI) — A Georgia woman said a store clerk’s error caused her to win $25 million in a recent Powerball lottery drawing. Kathy Scruggs, 44, of Lithonia, claimed her prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters. She said she asked the clerk at Shell Food Mart in Decatur for a Mega Millions […]


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