her signature event is turned into a tattoo
Call it a signature in very permanent ink. A Pennsylvania woman took a sign to Paul McCartney's show Sunday in Philadelphia requesting he autograph her back with a marker. McCartney called Rose Ann Belluso up on stage and obliged, and she decided to make the moment last forever. She had the signature permanently etched onto her body at Extreme Ink Tattoo Parlor in West Chester. Belluso of Downingtown says the painful procedure, her first tattoo, was a no-brainer: Getting McCartney's autograph was the best experience of her life, behind only the birth of her two sons.
food for thought
A Jean Valjean for the 20th century
After 13 years behind bars for trying to break into a church kitchen to find something to eat, reminiscent of the lead character in Victor Hugo's 1862 French novel Les Miserables, a man who became an example of the harsh sentences allowed by California's three-strikes law has been ordered released. A Superior Court judge amended Gregory Taylor's 25-years-to-life sentence to eight served. Taylor, now 47, was arrested in 1997 in Los Angeles and convicted of third-strike burglary because of two robbery convictions in the 1980s, once for stealing a purse containing $10 and another time for trying to rob a man on the street.
trial and error
Spell-check leads to death check
Massachusetts authorities are searching for a man they say faked his death to beat charges of driving without a license. The Gloucester Times reported Michael Rosen, 42, of Salem sent a man to court last week to file a certificate showing Rosen had died the previous week. Afterward, a judge dismissed the traffic case. But a suspicious probation officer heard from a colleague in a neighboring town that Rosen had checked in four days after he purportedly died. Additional investigation showed the certificate contained spelling errors in the place of birth, cause of death and the cemetery. He now faces charges of forgery and counterfeiting.
2 drivers, 3 wheels, 0 carbon emissions
Teams from Australia, Germany and Switzerland have set off from Geneva for what they hope will be the first carbon neutral race around the world. Participants are using custom built two-seater electric vehicles that will be charged from regular power outlets along the way. At the same time they are feeding electricity generated from solar and wind plants into the grid. The cars will pass through 150 cities, including Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Cancun, before returning to Geneva in January after 18,642 miles. The anticipated fuel cost per car: $350.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.