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Proposed Law Would Ban Outdoor Smoking

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- Some people in North Royalton are fuming over a proposed ban on outdoor smoking.

The proposed law would make it illegal to smoke in parks, fields, parking lots and outdoor seating areas.

Council members said the outdoor ban is in response to complaints about people smoking around children during youth sports games.

man dressed as a woman crashed his car into a lingerie store that had refused to hire him

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Police say a man dressed as a woman repeatedly crashed his car into a suburban Detroit lingerie store that had refused to hire him earlier this year.

Hacker proposes to girlfriend via casual puzzle game Bejeweled.

You're probably accustomed to seeing big-screen proposals at ball games, in crowded restaurants, and scrawled across the sky by aircraft. But popping the question by hiding a message in your intended's favorite computer game is rather more unusual.

What's Happening To Your Money

By PARADE Magazine

People Are Saving Less

* The Commerce Department reports that Americans are saving at the lowest rate since the Great Depression.
* Personal savings stood at a national level of negative $6.2 million in January.

Study Links Lack of Sleep to Weight Gain in Babies

April 8, 2008 · A new study found that infants and toddlers who slept less than 12 hours a day were more than twice as likely to be overweight by age 3, further evidence that how much we sleep affects how much we weigh.

Researchers from Harvard University interviewed moms and weighed 915 babies — beginning at birth and then again at 6 months and 3 years of age.

Health Care Horror Stories (serious news alert)

By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: April 11, 2008

Not long ago, a young Ohio woman named Trina Bachtel, who was having health problems while pregnant, tried to get help at a local clinic.

Unfortunately, she had previously sought care at the same clinic while uninsured and had a large unpaid balance. The clinic wouldn’t see her again unless she paid $100 per visit — which she didn’t have.

2008 career and money

The Results Are In!
Our thanks go to all who participated in this year's survey.

1. What do you think about the disparity in salaries between celebrities and everyday workers?
I don't think they should be paid as much 86%
I think it's fair that celebrities are paid so well 14%

2. Which of the following job industries seems most appealing to you?
Medicine/Health 42%

lost in translation, awkward signs from around the world :)

http://www.asylum.com/2008/04/09/lost-in-translation-awkward-signs-from-...

Ever been in a foreign hotel and seen a sign that directed you to "Slip carefully"?

We've been there. English is a tricky language, and translating it can be just about impossible............................

Randolph College Students Take Trip to Chicken Ranch Brothel

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Randolph College Students Take Trip to Chicken Ranch Brothel

Atlanta, GA 4/11/2008 04:53 PM GMT (FINDITT)

A group of Randolph College students took a field trip to the Chicken Ranch, a Nevada brothel, which drew a lot of controversy.

Ohio's most stolen car is......

Stolen Vehicles

It's Friday night and it's been another long week of meeting deadlines and dealing with the staff. You walk into the parking garage and look for your car―but it is not there. While having your car stolen is not the end of the world (although it may feel like it at the time), it is upsetting, time-consuming, costly, and a complete hassle.

Woman, 90, Disrupts Bingo at McDonald's

INDIANAPOLIS — A 90-year-old woman accidentally backed into a McDonald's restaurant, disrupting a bingo game and sending a couple to the hospital with minor injuries.

Strickland vows to veto energy plan

COLUMBUS - Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday vowed to veto a just unveiled Republican energy regulation plan if it reaches his desk.

"The bill allows immediate and unfettered access for FirstEnergy to go to market, exposing businesses and consumers in Cleveland, Toledo, and Akron to the risk of skyrocketing electricity prices," he said.

Florida lawmakers pass take-your-guns-to-work law

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Most Florida residents would be allowed to take guns to work under a measure passed by Florida lawmakers on Wednesday.

The bill, allowing workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, was approved by the Florida Senate by a vote of 26-13. It now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to sign into law.

US military in Iraq is not an American force

Two US citizens are being held by US troops in Iraq pending transfer to Iraqi authorities. The two are petitioning the Supreme Court to grant habeas corpus and to review their confinement. The Bush administration claims that American courts have no jurisdiction.

Police say man in wheelchair robbed bank

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Palo Alto police are looking for a bank robber who favors a decidedly slow-speed getaway vehicle — an electric wheelchair. Police said a man in his 60s with gray hair and a beard held up the Wachovia Bank branch at the Stanford Shopping Center late this afternoon with a black handgun.

Woman asks to Have Wrinkles Removed, Wakes Up With Bigger Breasts

German woman who wanted her wrinkles removed was given a boob job instead.

Ingrid Bruelling, 33, wanted doctors to give her breasts firmer skin after she lost 200 pounds on a crash diet.

But when she woke up after the operation, she found that doctors had put in silicone implants, increasing her cup size from a C to a D.

Grungy clothes give away burglar who tried playing dead at Spanish funeral parlour

MADRID, Spain - A burglar who broke into a funeral home in Spain tried to fool police by playing dead, but two things gave him away.

First, he breathed. Second, he wore grungy clothes rather than the Sunday best generally favoured by those settling in for an eternal rest.

Smoking bans boost drink-driving accidents

PARIS (AFP) - A ban on smoking in American bars has caused the number of accidents from drunken driving to surge, researchers have discovered.

US jurisdictions with a smoking ban have seen, on average, a nearly 12-percent rise in the number of drink-related accidents at the wheel, they say in a study released on Wednesday.

Washington Local Schools due to get overdue $500,000 held by Toledo

Washington Local Schools soon will receive more than $500,000 that was collected over the past seven years on its behalf by the city of Toledo but never transferred to the school system, Lucas County Auditor Anita Lopez said.

Ms. Lopez said after taking office she learned the school district had approved a 100 percent tax abatement Dec. 11, 2000, for what was then DaimlerChrysler Corp.

3rd-graders aimed to hurt teacher

WAYCROSS, Ga. - A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.
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