The federal Department of Energy has awarded appliance maker Philiips $10 million for a light bulb that is both “green” and affordable. The light bulb costs just $50 each. I guess if you’ve got $3.6 trillion to throw around that sounds cheap.
Pennsylvania’s Chester Upland school district faces a $23 million budget deficit that no one has figured out how to cut yet. Meanwhile, local media report the school board president and a teacher were taken to the hospital after the two got into a “physical altercation” in a classroom full of students. Teacher Leslye Jordan says school board President Wanda Mann was angry because she wrote a letter to the district superintendent saying she didn’t feel safe at school because a student had threatened her. I’m sure she feels safer now.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Tyrone Hempston has sued the RCMP and two fellow officers for damages he suffered when a doll exploded. Hempston says the officers played a prank on him by putting an SD-100 detonator in a mechanical doll he kept on his desk. The explosion, he says, left him with hearing loss in both ears and nerve damage to his hands that required “numerous surgeries.”
Omaha fifth-grader Max Kohll got hauled to the principal’s office after teachers found he’d organized an NCAA basketball tournament betting pool among his classmates. Don’t worry. Max says the $5 he was going to wager will just go into the pool organized by his younger brother.
In 1956, Henk Heithuis reported to Dutch police that he’d been sexually abused by priests in a church-run boarding home for children. An investigative report has found that police sent him to a Catholic psychiatric hospital where he was treated for homosexuality by being castrated. Dutch members of the national legislature have asked for an official investigation.
Deer Park, Texas, police officer Kevin Yang was suspended for 30 days without pay and charged with misdemeanor theft after he was caught allegedly pilfering colleagues’ food and drinks from the office refrigerator. Officials say they were fed up at food and drink thefts and set up a hidden camera to catch the culprit. Yang says he was just helping keep the refrigerator clean.
The FBI has warned Internet cafes to keep on the lookout for potential terrorists. A flier the agency sent out provides helpful clues to suspicious behavior that should be reported to law enforcement. These include trying to shield your monitor screen from others; gathering information about sporting venues, transportation and populated areas; downloading “revolutionary literature”; or being preoccupied with press coverage of terrorist attacks.
Sharon Benoit says her 5-year-old daughter Hailey burst into tears after a Charlton, Mass., police officer stopped by their home to demand Hailey return some overdue library books. Benoit says that was the first time anyone told her that her daughter had any overdue books and that Hailey was afraid she would be arrested.
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