A Teacher Sues a School For Not Hiring Her as a Spanish Teacher . . . Even Though She Doesn’t Speak Spanish
A woman named Tracy Rosner has been a third grade teacher at Coral Reef Elementary school in Palmetto Bay, Florida for the past 10 years. Last year she applied for a promotion to teach in a program where kids learn a second language. One of the requirements for the job is to teach the kids Spanish for an hour a day . . . but Tracy doesn’t speak any Spanish, so she didn’t get the job. And now . . . she’s SUING for discrimination. She says she didn’t get the job, quote, “because of her race and national origin as a non-Hispanic individual who was not a fluent and native Spanish speaker.” She says the school could’ve given her the promotion and hired someone else to teach the hour of Spanish, which really doesn’t make a lot of sense. The lawsuit isn’t asking for a specific amount of money, she’s leaving that up to the courts to decide. (Miami New Times)
Police remove 6-foot alligator from Massachusetts backyard
Police in Massachusetts have captured and removed a 6-foot alligator from the backyard of a home with the help of workers from a local zoo. Officers were dispatched to the West Springfield property at about noon Thursday following a tip from a concerned resident. They extracted the alligator with two animal control catch poles — one tied around its neck and the other around its tail — from a fenced-off area in the yard. The reptile, which weighed an estimated 150 to 180 pounds, was taken to the zoo following its capture. The investigation has been turned over to Massachusetts Environmental Police. It wasn’t yet known if the homeowner would face charges. (Portland Press Herald)
New Meaning To Dumpster Diving?
Philadelphia is urging residents not to swim in dumpsters after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool. The first reports appeared to come from a weekend block party. The party’s organizers told the the public they power-washed the dumpster, lined the bottom with plywood and tarps and cushioned the corners with pool noodles. However, filling it with hydrant water caused the biggest issue with city officials. The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued a statement saying the city won’t issue permits for block party dumpster pools.
Among the reasons: It takes water that should be available in the event of a fire; the strong water pressure could push someone into harm’s way; and the huge amount of water released could cause a main break. According to a city official “The city strongly recommends that residents opt for recreational options that are safer, more sanitary and less likely to deplete the resources firefighters need in an emergency.” (WTAE TV)
Strange looking ‘elevated’ bus straddles traffic to ease gridlock in Chinese city
One Chinese city has come up with a partial solution to its notorious traffic problem — but, boy, is it a weird looking thing. The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) is 72 feet long, 25 feet wide, is powered by electricity and carries up to 300 passengers — and rides just a few feet over the traffic below. The bus, unveiled in Qinhuangdao this week, looks like it’s gobbling up vehicles as it rolls along its tracks embedded in the street. Four other major Chinese cities have also signed on to buy the new buses. (Business2Community)
How High Can You Score In The Bathroom?
The realm of gaming is expanding… to the men’s room. In an attempt to make your bathroom stop more enjoyable a new kind of urinal has been invented. Video Game Urinals made their first appearance a few years ago at the Coca-Cola Park baseball stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The urinal has a screen above where the action takes place. It’s a video game you control with your pee. (Bitrebels)
Paying It Forward
Evan Wilson of Canada (Dunrobin, Ontario) turned six last month, but even though he had a party with cake and games, there were no presents to open. Evan has a love for animals and suggested that instead of presents for his birthday a donation be made to a local wildlife refuge (Constance Creek). On July 27, he donated $122. Evan’s mother said the inspiration struck him when, at age four, he went to a party for a friend. The girl asked for money to donate to local families in need. (Ottawa Community News)
Would Would Jesus Do?
It happened in broad daylight, right outside a convenience store in Colorado Springs, Colorado where a man calling himself “Jesus” stabbed a man that he called “the devil,” witnesses say. “Jesus” was identified as Earnest Mazyck, and police say the victim is Jonathan Ledbetter, who was hospitalized in serious condition. “This is supposed to be a safe street corner spot,” said witness Andrew Morgado. “The idea that somebody would do this on a Wednesday afternoon is absolutely horrifying.” (KKTV TV)
They say the key to success is preparation, but it seems the men’s basketball team have been getting entirely the wrong kind of warm-up in Rio. At least three members of the men’s team – DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins and DeMar Derozan – have allegedly been caught in a brothel in the city. The trio were busted going into Termas Monte Carlo, an establishment described by Rolling Stone as ‘one of the high-end brothels in Rio’, according to reports. The only indication of the shop’s true purpose is when callers are told that it is for men only, and stocks a full bar. The basketball team say the players took staff at their word and didn’t realize what they were walking into until they arrived. (Daily Mail)
Why Have One When You Can Have Two
Leroy “Blast” Bill Black was much loved, as evidenced by the fact that he has two obituaries printed in the newspaper, Press of Atlantic City. It might have looked like a mistake on the obituary page when two identical-looking (at first glance) listings appeared on top of one another, but the two different, but similar, obituaries were placed by his wife and girlfriend, respectively. Black died at home Tuesday of lung cancer at the age of 55, the obituaries state. And depending which one you are reading, he was survived by his “loving wife Bearetta Harrison” Black, or his longtime girlfriend Princess Hall. (Phillyvoice)
What’s The Quickest Way To A Party?
A pair of tipsy partiers were rescued Saturday after they tried to slide down a chimney at a house in Chinatown, authorities said. The pair — a woman, 25, and a man, 28 — went to the building’s roof with the party’s host in hope of enjoying the sunrise. By 7:30 a.m. the two were ready to head back downstairs. The two guests decided the best way to get back to the party was via the building’s chimney. They dropped down only a few feet before they got stuck in the tiny space. The party’s host saw their plight from above and called for help. Firefighters had to bust into a seventh-floor business — House of Marley, which sells Bob Marley memorabilia — to open a wall and rescue the drunken duo, officials said. Elodie suffered some bruises, but refused medical attention. (NYPost)
Laptop used to reprogram, steal more than 100 cars
Two men jailed in Houston and accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime. Michael Arce, 24, and Jesse Zelaya, 22, focused on new Jeep and Dodge vehicles, which attract big money on the black market in Mexico, authorities said. The men allegedly used a laptop computer to reprogram the targeted vehicles’ electronic security so their own key worked. The stolen vehicles had a common software that’s used by auto technicians and dealers, locksmiths and independent auto repair shops to replace lost key fobs. A spokesman for the auto manufacture said the code database is national and includes vehicles in areas outside of Houston, although he wasn’t aware of similar thefts elsewhere. Arce remained in jail without bond on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, felony possession of a weapon, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Zelaya is being held on $500,000 bond on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle. (Yahoo)
New Mexico deputies say a traffic stop yielded a surprising find: a drunken 13-year-old boy behind the wheel and the child’s intoxicated grandmother riding in the back. A Santa Fe Deputy Clay Cullison stopped the pair recently after spotting a blue 1994 Oldsmobile weaving. Deputy Cullison says the driver was 13 years old, unlicensed and suspected of drunken driving. Deputies say the boy’s grandmother, 52-year-old Sanjuana Mercado-Mendez, seemed highly intoxicated and stumbled to a patrol vehicle. The deputy also reported finding at least two open Coors beer cans inside the car. It is not clear where the two had been headed, though court records indicate they stopped close to her home. She was last arrested in February 2015 on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was also arrested in 2014 on suspicion of larceny and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Deputies also took into custody her 13-year-old grandson, who refused a blood test. Though legally too young to drive, he still faces charges of aggravated DWI, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without a license, failing to maintain lanes and having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. (Santa Fe New Mexican)
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