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The Skinny: She was only 4, so naturally she can be sued

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She might have been too young for grade school, but a New York City girl was old enough to be sued over a bicycle accident that happened when she was 4, a judge says. The Manhattan judge declined this month to toss out negligence claims against Juliet Breitman. She, her mother and others are being sued by the estate of a woman who said she was severely hurt when hit by bicycles with training wheels that Juliet and a boy were racing down a sidewalk in April 2009. The woman, Claire Menagh, died three months later of unrelated causes. Juliet was three months shy of 5. The judge said there's no evidence a child of that age couldn't appreciate "the danger of riding a bicycle into an elderly woman."

caught in the act

A diet plan may have helped

The owner of a restaurant in Virginia Beach, Va., had to close down when something unusual clogged an exhaust vent over his kitchen stove: a former employee. Harold Owens, owner of Harold's Restaurant, said he came in to open the restaurant Saturday and found the man's feet dangling from the 18-inch-by-18-inch duct. The Virginian-Pilot reported that the man was treated for a shoulder injury at a local hospital after firefighters managed to free him after he was stuck for eight hours. Owens said the man apologized to him for trying to climb in. Police did not identify him.


Quick, call the fire ... never mind

Firefighters in St. Cloud, Minn., didn't have to go far for their latest fire call. A blaze broke out Friday at a fire station in southeast St. Cloud. Authorities said a fire truck was destroyed and there was smoke damage to the building. Fire marshal Mike Post told WJON radio that no one was hurt. The station said it appeared the fire broke out in a truck.

The small one, please

Bandits who have a thing for planes

Never mind the cash and the jewelry. The five armed men who showed up early Monday at the military base at an airport in northern Honduras just wanted a small airplane. Security Minister Oscar Alvarez said the gunmen went to the military hangar near a runway, started the engine and flew away. Their identities and destination were unknown. The plane, seized last year in an antidrug operation, had been in custody while the government was deciding whether to donate it to a state agency. Too late.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: She was only 4, so naturally she can be sued

11/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 9:03pm]
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