Oddities
New York student accepted at all 8 Ivy League schools PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:13

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old Long Island student has applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League schools.

Kwasi Enin of Shirley began hearing from the schools on March 27.

The William Floyd High School senior tells Newsday (http://bit.ly/1fJt9EU ) that he couldn't believe it when "the yesses kept coming."

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania all said yes.

Kwasi says he thought, "this can't be happening."

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Drunken driver arrested after police station stop PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 31 March 2014 06:28

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an intoxicated man was arrested after driving to a police station in Michigan as part of an effort to find a bathroom.

Police in Washtenaw County's Pittsfield Township, near Ann Arbor, say the 66-year-old Livonia man walked into the township's Department of Public Safety building around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and a township firefighter noticed that the man might be drunk.

Officials determined that the man had driven to the building and parked on the property. Police were called and the man failed field sobriety tests. Police say a breath test indicated that the man was above the legal limit for driving, and he was jailed.

The man's name wasn't immediately released, pending a review of possible charges by the Washtenaw County prosecutor's office.


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Southeast Ohio couple rescues skunks PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TERESA SALIZZONI, Logan Daily News   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:39

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Donna and Gary Baker work with Skunk Haven to rescue and care for domestic skunks in need of help and a good home until they are adopted.

Donna has had a love for skunks since her father bought her a stuffed one when she was a child.

"My son gave me the money to purchase my first skunk as a gift," said Donna.

That was in 2002 and it was after that the Bakers got a call from Skunk Haven asking them to care for a rescued skunk.

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Man does C-section on dead porcupine, saves baby PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:20

LISBON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man in search of a valuable mineral cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its baby.

Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.

He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.

He tells WMTW-TV (bit.ly/1hlWRUl) he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.

Buzzell is caring for the baby at home and plans to give it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.


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British man wins 16-year legal battle over laptop PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:30

LONDON (AP) — It started with an unwanted laptop, and it ended in Britain's Supreme Court.

A Scottish man has won a 16-year court battle sparked by a wrangle over a computer credit deal.

Richard Durkin bought a laptop in 1998, using a credit agreement with lender HFC Bank for about 1,500 pounds. He returned the computer the next day because it lacked an internal modem, and tried to cancel the credit deal.

The bank said he couldn't, and after he refused pay to pay declared he had defaulted. Durkin said the bad credit rating meant he was unable to buy a house.

Durkin went to court, spawning a battle that ended Wednesday when five Supreme Court justices ruled that Durkin had "validly rescinded the credit agreement" and awarded him 8,000 pounds ($13,000).


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