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Boston police, looking for one man, rescue another PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:30

BOSTON (AP) — Police searching Boston Harbor for a 24-year-old man who has been missing since Saturday ended up pulling a different man from the frigid water.

Officers were searching for Eric Munsell behind the Long Wharf Marriott at about 11 p.m. Monday. Munsell was last seen Saturday night at a bar in the nearby Financial District.

Police checking the water saw a man struggling to clamber up the stone wall.

Detective Thomas Leahy tells the Boston Herald he reached down and pulled the man to safety. He was wearing just a coat and boxer shorts.

The man did not speak English, and it's unclear how he ended up in the water. His name hasn't been released.

He was taken to the hotel and later to a hospital. Munsell remains missing.


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Ohio mom who loathed name can change it to Sexy PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 07:26

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio woman who loathed being named Sheila and wanted a moniker that reflected her personality has legally changed her first name to Sexy.

A judge approved the request Tuesday from the 41-year-old Pataskala woman, formerly named Sheila Ranea Crabtree.

In her application, Crabtree called her given name "the ugliest one out there." She says that if the court didn't allow the switch to Sexy, she'd try to become known legally by her middle name, which she has used for years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1aRXCE1 ) that Crabtree told a judge that her husband and teenage daughters approve of the change. When the judge asked why she chose Sexy, Crabtree said she's fun and free-spirited and thought the change would make her complete.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Pennsylvania Happy Meal heroin suspect 'crushed' by charges PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:11

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman charged with selling heroin hidden in Happy Meals when she worked for a Pittsburgh McDonalds is "emotionally crushed" by the charges.

But defense attorney David Shrager stopped short of denying the charges against 26-year-old Shantia Dennis, of East Pittsburgh.

Dennis' preliminary hearing was postponed Tuesday. It was reset for April 9 so Allegheny County prosecutors can get back crime lab tests on the alleged drugs involved.

Dennis was arrested Jan. 29 after police say they caught her selling 10 doses of heroin hidden inside a Happy Meal to a confidential informant. Investigators said they also recovered more heroin from Dennis.

Authorities say Dennis would sell the drugs to drive-thru customers who uttered the code words, "I'd like to order a toy."


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Glitch leads to penny gas at N. Illinois station PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:41

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An error at northern Illinois gas station caused pumps to sell fuel for a penny a gallon.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1elUdrQ ) a Shell station in Woodstock wound up mistakenly selling the nearly-free fuel for about two hours Sunday night.

As word spread, cars lined up and jostled to fill-up.

Woodstock Police Sgt. Dennis Leard says authorities had to use an emergency shut-off to stop the sales before the gas station closed in order to reset the pumps to regular prices.

But before that, cars were blocking traffic and lining up on the street to reach the cheap gas.

Leard says the station clerk working at the time wasn't aware of the glitch.

It wasn't clear how much gas was sold.

Woodstock is 50 miles northwest of Chicago.

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Information from: The Northwest Herald, http://www.nwherald.com


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New Jersey festival lets you eat, drink, floss with bacon PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:01

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Get ready for bacon like you've never eaten, drank or worn it before.

Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm.

Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.

They're all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term "pigging out."

The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com counted nearly 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.

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