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Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 06:24

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

The York Dispatch reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1iBazDw) that Nina Davuluri posted a statement on the Miss America Organization's Facebook page saying she contacted Central York High School to ask officials to rethink the three-day in-school suspension issued to 18-year-old Patrick Farves.

Davuluri says her travel schedule will prevent her from attending the dance with Farves.

School officials knew Farves intended to ask her to prom and warned him not to do it. Fellow students cheered afterward, but Farves was suspended for misbehaving.

He apologized for disrupting Thursday's event. Davuluri was there to talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math studies.

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Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com


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Mayor's menu filled up: one day, 24 restaurants PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:35

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry.

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP.

"With one pancake," Foley said in late afternoon. "And IHOP does not want to sell you one pancake."

The second-term Democrat said he's had to battle "mom guilt" from restaurant staff as he has eaten his way across Jenkintown, a town so small that he only needed to build in 15 minutes to walk from place to place.

"I really am having fun with it," he said shortly before his 16th stop of the day. "You feed on the energy of all these people who are excited to have you in their restaurant."

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New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 13:41

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive.

Shannon Morgan said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading "8THEIST."

The Maurice River Township woman says she also asked for a plate reading "BAPTIST" as a test. The website accepted it.

Messages and emails left for the Motor Vehicle Commission were not immediately returned. A recorded message said the offices were closed because of Good Friday.

New Jersey previously, after a brief flap, approved a request from an atheist group's president for a license plate with the word "atheist." His plate had the number one in place of the letter "i."


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Billboard boosts effort to catch serial soiler PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 18 April 2014 09:43

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A billboard along Interstate 94 is part of an effort to help catch a person who has been soiling slides at an Ypsilanti playground over the last six months.

WJBK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1hTnyBG ) Adams Outdoor Advertising put eye-catching messages such as "Help us flush the pooper" on an electronic billboard about the case.

Earlier this month, officials in Ypsilanti said they were taking measures to put a stop to the so-called mystery pooper. Police or other Ypsilanti employees have been stopping at Prospect Park each morning to make sure another surprise was not left overnight.

The park sits near a school and features a basketball court, a tennis court being used as a skateboarding venue as well as a picnic area.

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Information from: WJBK-TV, http://www.fox2detroit.com


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Man fined $525 for drink refill at S. Carolina hospital PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:06

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man who helped himself to a refill of his 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital found it cost a lot more than he expected when he was fined $525.

WCSC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1r2k6V6 ) there are signs in the cafeteria telling people refills are not free. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket.

Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink without paying before.

The medical center said in a statement that Lewis was ticketed for shoplifting, but that the VA doesn't determine the amount of the fine.

Lewis says he wasn't given a chance to pay for the refill and will contest the fine in federal court.

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Information from: WCSC-TV, http://www.wcsc.com


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