Archive for February, 2013

Hair stylists battle over winning lottery ticket

Hair salon employees in Indiana are at war over a $9.5 million winning lottery ticket, the New York Daily News reports.

A bitter battle has broken out between eight workers at Lou’s Creative Styles in Indianapolis who claim one of their number is trying to keep all the cash for herself.

Christina Shaw says the lucky Hoosier Lotto ticket that scooped the mega-money bonanza is hers alone.

She says she bought it herself, and it was definitely not part of the office pool.

Marion County Judge Heather Welch, who issued a temporary restraining order barring the state lottery from awarding the prize money to Shaw for 10 days, has until Friday to decide whether to freeze the jackpot until the dispute over the ticket is settled


Watery Bud claims

Budweiser has been watering down its famous brew, falling short of the promised alcohol content on the label, according to three newly filed lawsuits.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has also been cheating beer drinkers by lowering the punch of Bud Light, Michelob, King Cobra and Michelob Ultra, the New York Post reports.

“AB’s customers are overcharged for watered-down beer, and AB is unjustly enriched by the additional volume it can sell,” plaintiffs Thomas and Gerald Greenberg said in one of the complaints, Bloomberg News reported.

The label says Budweiser contains 5 percent alcohol, but the plaintiffs claim that Bud is delivering less than that, in violation of consumer-protection laws.

The complaints, filed in federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California, are seeking damages of about $5 million each.

Student mistakes newspaper for gunshot

A Pennsylvania student’s report of a gunshot being fired was actually the sound of a newspaper hitting the sidewalk.

The Associated Press reports Gettysburg police Chief Joseph Dougherty saying a Gettysburg College student had claimed that someone in a white sedan fired a shot early Saturday morning.

But Dougherty says police investigated and determined the sound came from a newspaper delivery driver throwing a paper from her vehicle.

After the report, the college alerted students and employees via text messages, voicemails and emails.

Boy, 10, found naked and drunk as a skunk on brandy

A 10-year-old Florida boy bombed on brandy was found wandering round naked and drunk — and police say his caretaker was the one who plied him with booze.

Nedra Byrd, 31, was arrested and charged with one count of child abuse after the boy under her care was seen around 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the streets of Spring Hill, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman wouldn’t confirm Tuesday the exact relationship between Byrd and the boy, although at least one neighbor said he referred to her as his mother.

“He couldn’t even stand,” Amanda Roesch, the woman who found him,said. “He was just, you know, naked, and I’m like, ‘Come in the house, baby,’ — and I went and got some of my son’s clothes.”

Serial cat killer hunted by cops

A serial cat killer may be on the loose reports the New York Daily News.

Police in Putnam County, N.Y. are concerned that a string of four cat murders may have been committed by the same person.

The latest feline victim, a brown and black calico named Blackfoot, died Feb. 11after being found by its owner on Jan. 7 with a metal projectile embedded in its spine, NBC News reported.

“I believe the person called her over, then shot her in the back, then kicked her,” Blackfoot’s owner, Robert Kitts, told NBC.

Sesame Street nears one billion YouTube views

Children’s program “Sesame Street” is about to hit one billion views on YouTube.

The kiddies’ favourite is closing in on the kind of rarified digital milestone usually reserved for the likes of pop stars and cat videos.

“Sesame Street” will post a video next week featuring the character Telly Monster, urging viewers to click the show past the final 20 million views and unlock a “top secret video.”

Watered down bourbon victim of its own success

Your next glass of Maker’s Mark will be weaker – and the boss of the company says it’s all his fault.

Chairman Emeritus Bill Samuels Jr. said he failed to foresee a worldwide surge in demand for premium bourbon when he was still in charge of the brand about six years ago. As a result, Maker’s Mark is being diluted to 42 percent alcohol by volume, from 45 percent, so more of the whiskey can be bottled to meet demand. That’s a cut from 90 proof to 84 proof.

“I was the forecaster in chief around here. … I must have been asleep at the wheel,” Samuels said.

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