NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Obama’s speechs sends student to sleep
June 10, 2010
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – As President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech at a Michigan high school’s graduation ceremony, not everyone was paying rapt attention.
One member of the Kalamazoo Central student choir sitting behind the president had some serious trouble staying awake.
In videos posted online, the boy is seen succumbing to a series of gaping yawns as Obama offers advice on how to succeed in life. Later, the boy’s eyes droop and his head rolls forward until his chin rests on his chest, and it appears he has nodded off.
Only occasionally is the unidentified teen jolted into consciousness as his classmates erupt into cheers and applause for the president.
Obama delivered the school’s commencement because it won the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge competition.
NY couple weds in shark
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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) – A New York couple has taken the plunge inside a shark tank.
April Pignataro and Michael Curry were lowered in a steel cage into the tank to exchange their wedding vows at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, N.Y, on Sunday.
She wore a white wet suit; he wore a black one.
The experienced divers spoke their vows into radio headgear transmitted to a minister outside the tank. About 75 guests watched from behind glass.
The tank is part of the Lost City of Atlantis shark exhibit.
BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) – After a Tennessee police department let its website expire, the site was snatched up by a new owner – a man who uses it to gripe about traffic cameras that issue speeding tickets.
Computer network designer Brian McCrary says he discovered the Bluff City Police Department site was up for grabs, so he paid domain provider Go Daddy for the rights to http://www.bluffcitypd.com.
McCrary, who says he received a $90 speeding citation earlier this year, took over the site May 22.
His site now shows a smiling cartoon police badge clutching green currency. It also posts gripes from others who’ve been cited.
Police Chief David Nelson said the officer who managed the site had been on medical leave and the expiration slipped up on the department.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A Washington state business is offering a $1,000 reward to catch a thief who took a doormat worth about $20.
KREM-TV reports that the owners of Advanced Metal Technologies in Spokane are angry at the ripoff and want to catch the man who may be looking to break into the metal building business.
Surveillance video shows that the thief drove up about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, looked in the window and then grabbed the doormat.
ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman spent three days in jail for calling the 911 emergency line five times seeking a husband.
The dispatcher was flabbergasted by the requests and asked Audrey Scott, of Alliance, “You need to get a husband?”
The 57-year-old Scott responded, “Yes.”
Told that she could face arrest for misusing 911, Scott responded, “Let’s do it.”
Scott was convicted last week of improper use of the 911 system and was sentenced to the three days in jail, which she had already served since her arrest. Seven other days were suspended if she stays out of trouble for a year.
After her release, Scott blamed the case on alcohol. There is no phone listing for Scott, who could not be reached for additional comment Wednesday.
GOWANDA, N.Y. (AP) – A New York police officer who pleaded guilty to official misconduct for taking three pizzas as payment for covering up a woman’s traffic ticket now admits he faked his own shooting.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says Jason Miller, a former part-time officer in the western New York village of Gowanda, confessed that he hung his bulletproof vest on a tree and shot it two years ago.
The admission was part of last month’s plea deal in the pizza case. Miller admitted he arrested a driver for a suspended license in June 2009 and accepted the pizzas to drop the ticket.
Miller’s attorney, Daniel Henry, declined to comment Tuesday.
Miller faces up to a year in jail. He resigned in September.