Archive for April, 2013

Too young to smoke …at 20 years old

New York would become the first state to hike the age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 under proposed new legislation announced Sunday, the New York Daily News reveals.

Officials want to stop teens from going to neighboring counties to get smokes if a city ban is enacted on those under 21 buying cigarettes….

Death row dog gets stay of execution

A lucky pit bull called Brooklyn got a court-ordered stay of execution while sitting on New York’s doggy death row after animal-control workers took pity on him and worked to save his life.

Seven-year-old pooch Brooklyn had been fated to be put down for biting his owner’s teenage niece in 2012, says the New York Post.

But employees at the city’s Animal Care and Control facility in Harlem came to love the dog, and disagreed with the decision by ACC officials to euthanize him.

On Tuesday, they got a lawyer from an animal-advocacy group to go to Manhattan Supreme Court and get Brooklyn a reprieve.

Revenge porn to be outlawed

Florida legislators are looking to outlaw something called “revenge porn” says the Tampa Tribune.

For those who have luckily avoided this situation, that’s when a spurned ex posts racy photos of you on the Internet along with details about your identity.

Authorities say websites specialising in this type of retribution have proliferated in recent years. Experts are pushing for a federal law that would outlaw posting explicit photos without the subject’s consent, but for now state-by-state legislation seems to be the strategy.

Sharks stalk Florida coast

Planning a Florida vacation? Well, you might want to stay close to the shore. The Sun Sentinel says great white sharks are stalking the state.

Since January there have been five sightings off the coast, the latest in Fort Lauderdale. Experts say Florida waters are cooler than usual this year, which is attracting the enormous predators. However, that doesn’t mean your changes of a “Jaws” moment have increased—as one scientist puts it: “If sharks wanted to eat people, you’d never be able to go in the ocean.”

My word! Spelling Bee gets harder

America’s National Spelling Bee has got a little bit harder, says USA Today.

For the first time in 86 years, contestants will have to know what a word means, as well as how to spell it. For example, a student might be asked: What is the purpose of defibrillation? The new vocabulary portion will count for 50 percent of the total score but will not be part of the televised event in May.

Cookie Monster creep pushes two-year-old to the ground

A man who dresses as Cookie Monster in Times Square was hauled into court yesterday to face charges for allegedly pushing a 2-year-old boy to the ground and cursing him and his Bollywood-actress mum in a tip dispute.

The New York Post reports that Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez, 33 — wearing a Cookie Monster-blue sweatshirt with white letters that said, “Like What You See?” — was arraigned and held in lieu of $1,000 bail on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

On Sunday, he screamed at Parmita Katkar, an actress from India and former beauty queen, “Give me money! Give me money! I get $2 for a photo,’’ after he posed for photos with her son, the criminal complaint alleges.

When Katkar told him she didn’t have any cash on her, she “heard the defendant state in substance to her, ‘You are a bitch, your son is a bastard, and your stuff is trash.’

“She then observed the defendant place his hands on her son and push him, causing her son to lose his balance and nearly fall to the ground,’’ the Manhattan court complaint said.

Katkar yesterday said her son Samay is still traumatized.

“All he keeps saying is, ‘I don’t like the Cookie Monster, I don’t like the Cookie Monster,’ ” she told The Post.

Will Chelsea Clinton follow in dad’s footsteps?

Hillary isn’t the only Clinton who may be launching a political campaign.

Chelsea Clinton opened the door to a run for public office during a segment on NBC’s “Today” that aired on Monday.


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