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Seattle ‘Superhero’ Unmasked

SEATTLE, Oct. 14 (UPI) — Self-appointed Seattle “superhero” Phoenix Jones, who revealed his real name this week, vowed to continue patrolling the streets despite his recent arrest. Jones, who was arrested on suspicion of assault early Sunday for using pepper spray on a group of revelers, is really Ben Fodor, 23. “I am also Ben […]

Village Considers Eating Behind Wheel Ban

OAK PARK, Ill., Oct. 14 (UPI) — A Chicago suburb is weighing a potential ban on motorists eating, drinking, applying makeup or talking on the phone while behind the wheel. Oak Park officials said there is no formal proposal yet, but they have been discussing banning activities such as eating and drinking while driving as […]

Runner, 100, Preps For Marathon

TORONTO, Oct. 13 (UPI) — A 100-year-old runner ran several short races in Toronto Thursday in preparation for a 26-mile marathon on Sunday, his trainer said. Fauja Singh has been running competitively since he was 89 and has set three records for men over 90 in international marathons, the Toronto Star reported. Thursday’s short races […]

Births Increase 9 Months After Snowstorm

ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI) — Major hospitals in the Atlanta area are seeing an uptick in births, nine months after a major ice and snowstorm effectively shut down the Georgia city. Doctors at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Northside Hospital and Piedmont Hospital all said early October births are up from the same time last year […]

Louisiana Drivers Get Incorrect Refund Checks

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 13 (UPI) — Louisiana officials said 26,000 drivers who were incorrectly charged $3 fees were sent refund checks, but many of the checks were mistakenly made out for $300. The state Office of Motor Vehicles said the drivers were erroneously charged $3 late fees when renewing their license tags during the […]

Surfer Rides On Back Of Shark

SEASIDE, Ore., Oct. 13 (UPI) — An Oregon surfer who was knocked off his board by a 10- to 12-foot shark said he wound up riding for a few seconds on the large beast’s back. Doug Niblack, whose story was backed up by witnesses, said he was surfing Monday at “the cove” in Seaside when […]

Rioters Who Confess Get Free Spa Day

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 13 (UPI) — A spa chain in Vancouver, Canada, is offering $50 “Calm Down” vouchers to anyone who took part in hockey riots last June who surrenders to police. The chain of seven Eccotique spa outlets launched advertising Thursday in which rioters were invited to visit a spa and describe their […]

Tree House Threatened By Zoning Board

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 12 (UPI) — A Virginia man says zoning rules might force him to destroy the $1,400 tree house he built for his sons. Mark Grapin, of Falls Church, says he called Fairfax County to get the OK before building, but the zoning board later said he needed a zoning variance for […]

Police Help Family Lost In Corn Maze

DANVERS, Mass., Oct. 12 (UPI) — Police in Massachusetts said an officer and a K9 unit were dispatched to assist a family after they became lost in a corn maze. Danvers police said they received a call about 6:35 p.m. Monday from a family that got lost in the seven acre corn maze at Conners’ […]

Police: Woman Sought Pot On Craigslist

ROSWELL, N.M., Oct. 12 (UPI) — Police in New Mexico said they arrested a woman accused of posting a Craigslist ad saying she was looking to purchase marijuana. Roswell Police said Anamicka Dave, 29, put a posting on the Web site explaining she was new to the area and looking to purchase marijuana, KOB-TV, Albuquerque, […]


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