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'Charm School' For Glasgow Workers

GLASGOW, Scotland, (UPI) — Residents of Glasgow, Scotland, are being offered a one-day “charm school” course to prepare them to deal with 2014 Commonwealth Games visitors. The “Glasgow Welcomes” class, which costs $38 per person and is based on principles created by the Walt Disney Co., is aimed at teaching people including restaurant workers and […]

Titanic Locket's Owner May Have Been Maid

HEMPFIELD, Pa., (UPI) — A Pennsylvania family who obtained a locket believed to have belonged to a Titanic survivor said they may have identified the original owner. Betty and Buz Carbone of Hempfield said their son bought the locket, which bears the letters “AMA” or “AWA” in intricate script, from an antiques dealer about 15 […]

Police: Suspect Tried To Hide In Manhole

HOUSTON, (UPI) — Houston police said they arrested a hit and run suspect who allegedly tried to hide from officers by jumping into an open manhole. Police said an officer saw the man, whose name was not released, crash his car on the Gulf Freeway between South Wayside and Griggs at 9 p.m. Sunday and […]

Residents Rage Against Doo-Wop Singers

NEW YORK, (UPI) — Residents of New York’s West Village neighborhood say they want the city to put an end to street corner singing by doo-wop groups. Residents and business owners said the singers, who have been serenading tourists on street corners for years, are too loud and often not very good, the New York […]

Los Angeles Man Breaks Ferris Wheel Record

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — A Los Angeles man set a Guinness World Record for longest ride on a Ferris wheel by staying onboard for 25 consecutive hours. Gus Martinez, a detective who has been with the Los Angeles Police Department since 1994, climbed aboard the 130-foot-tall Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica […]

Fire Sprinkler Dampens Wedding Party

COLLEGE PARK, Ga., (UPI) — A Georgia bride said her wedding was tainted when a hotel sprinkler system went off, soaking her and her bridesmaids in a black substance. Shalita Harris said she and her bridesmaids were getting ready in a room at the Westin Hotel in College Park and the triggered sprinkler system caused […]

Obama Writes Excuse For Fifth-Grader

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., (UPI) — A Minnesota fifth-grader who skipped school to meet President Barack Obama with his family received an excuse note signed by the commander-in-chief. Tyler Sullivan, 11, said he had never before skipped school, but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to meet the president Friday at the Honeywell facility in Golden Valley, […]

Waitress Gets Half-Million-Dollar Refund

CLEVELAND, (UPI) — A Cleveland waitress says she was surprised when she received a tax refund for nearly half of $1 million. Virginia Hopkins, who has been working at Johnny’s Downtown Restaurant in Cleveland for 19 years, was expecting a refund of $754, but the check she received on Tuesday from the Internal Revenue Service […]

Free Doughnuts On National Doughnut Day

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (UPI) — North Carolina-based chain Krispy Kreme is marking National Doughnut Day by offering free doughnuts to all customers Friday. The company created a Facebook event page saying “participating stores” nationwide will be giving customers a free doughnut of any variety Friday with no purchase necessary, Time magazine reported Friday. Meanwhile, competing chain […]

93-Year-Old Man Competing As Sprinter

DICKENSON, N.D., (UPI) — A North Dakota man who began competing in track and field events when he was 72 said he will compete in this year’s Minnesota Senior Games at the age of 93. Harold Bach of Dickenson, N.D., said he is traveling to Mankato, Minn., this weekend to sprint in the 50, 100, […]


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