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Utah Professor: Academics Can Now ‘Study Zombies Seriously’

CEDAR CITY, Utah (UPI) — A Utah professor whose University of Arizona dissertation was about zombie movies said it is “clearly now acceptable to study zombies seriously.” Kyle Bishop, 40, now chairman of Southern Utah University’s English department, said he was pleasantly surprised eight years ago when he applied to University of Arizona Ph.D. program […]

Family Plans ‘Beautiful Sights’ Tour For Boy Going Blind

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (UPI) — A New Zealand mother said she and her family are taking her 12-year-old son to see the world’s most “beautiful images” before he goes blind. Catherine Corbett of Auckland said her three sons have all been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary disorder that will eventually lead to blindness. But […]

Girl’s ‘Suck It’ Facebook Post Costs Dad $80,000 Settlement

MIAMI (UPI) — A Florida court ruled a former preparatory school head will not receive his $80,000 settlement due to his daughter’s “suck it” Facebook post. Patrick Snay, 69, was awarded an $80,000 settlement in his age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Guillver Preparatory School in Miami in 2011, but the school informed him it […]

Rare 1849 Texas Map Expected To Sell For Up To $150,000

DALLAS (UPI) — A rare 1849 first edition map of Texas is expected to fetch a possible $150,000 at Heritage Auctions’ Texana Signature Auction in Dallas, the auctioneer said. Patrick Martin said the map, which is signed by Jewish settler Jacob De Cordova, has been in his family for years, but he did not know […]

Officials: Mali Man Tried To Get Into Spanish Enclave In Suitcase

MELILLA, Spain (UPI) — Spain’s Interior Ministry said Civil Guard Police in the African enclave of Melilla discovered a would-be migrant from Mali hiding in a suitcase. The ministry said Civil Guard Police between Melilla and the Moroccan town of Beni Ansar spotted a man, a Moroccan national who lives in Spain, attempting to drag […]

Degeneres’ Star-Studded Selfie Breaks Twitter Record

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres set a Twitter record when her star-studded selfie taken at the ceremony was retweeted more than 2 million times. DeGeneres tweeted the photo during Sunday night’s ceremony and challenged viewers to help her set a record by retweeting the picture, which featured actor Bradley Cooper holding […]

Hundreds Hang Wishes On Portland’s Wishing Tree

PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) — An Oregon woman who designated a “Wishing Tree” in her front yard said hundreds of people have written their wishes on tags and hung them from the branches. Nicole Helprin, a Portland mother of two, said she got the idea for the “Wishing Tree” from a post on the San Francisco […]

Seattle Mayor Mourns Still-Living Community Leader

SEATTLE (UPI) — The Seattle mayor’s office apologized for a news release mourning the death of a community advocate who turned out to be alive and well. Mayor Ed Murray’s press secretary, Rosalind Brazel, emailed a news release Thursday featuring the mayor’s comments on the death of Jim Diers, a “former Seattle Department of Neighborhoods […]

Virgin Atlantic Workers Recover Ring Dropped Down Airplane Sink Drain

ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) — An 80-year-old British man said Virgin Atlantic workers recovered a prized ring he lost down the bathroom sink drain during a flight to Florida. Terri Capon said he flew from Britain to Orlando with his wife, Olive, Wednesday to visit their son, Gary, and during the flight his treasured ring fell […]

Police: Parrot Identified Suspect In Owner’s Killing

AGRA, India (UPI) — Police in India said a slain woman’s pet parrot helped identify the woman’s alleged killer by behaving strangely when the man was around. Investigators said Neelam Sharma, 45, was found killed along with her pet dog at her home in Agra Feb. 20 and police were stumped for nearly a week […]

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