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The skinny: To use GPS, turn on common sense

Recalculating . . .

GPS directions require use of common sense

When three women visiting the Seattle area took a wrong turn while following a GPS early Wednesday, they and their Mercedes SUV ended up in a pond. The three, who primarily speak Spanish, needed an interpreter to explain to police what happened and called 911 to say their car was floating, said Carla Iafrate, spokeswoman for the Belle­vue Police Department. But gender is not an issue when it comes to GPS use. Paul Unwin of Seattle said the device is always trying to lead him off bridges. He has not paid close attention to that advice, though he did follow its directions into a desert outside Tucson, Ariz., before realization dawned 15 miles later.

Unsafe at any speed

Backseat acts took place at 85 mph?

Lawsuits after car crashes are beyond common. But in the Fairfax County, Va., courthouse, a lawsuit is dropping a few jaws as it heads toward trial next week. Among the latest allegations pending in Fairfax County Circuit Court: "At the time of the collision, Defendant was going 85 miles per hour. … At the time of the collision, Defendant was having sex with a female. … At the time of the collision, Defendant was driving admittedly drunk. … At the time of the accident, Defendant was partially or totally in the backseat of the car." The 21-year-old defendant was convicted of drunken driving in May 2010. The plaintiff, a 28-year-old cab driver, is seeking $75,000 in damages.

Frozen festival

Date with this guy won't be a hot one

This may not give you a warm feeling, but a tingly one? Perhaps. The Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce in Colorado is offering to sell the rights to a celebration of a frozen dead guy. Bredo Morstoel's corpse has been packed in dry ice in a shed at the mountain town since 1993. He died in 1989 at age 89, and his Norwegian family preserved his body in hopes technology will be developed to bring him back to life. The 10-year-old festival attracted 15,000 people in March. It features a parade of hearses, frozen salmon tossing and coffin races. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the event has become too expensive, and the chamber believes an event company could do a better job.


For Facebook chat, 8 months in jail

Joanne Fraill has become the first person in Britain to be convicted of using the Internet during a trial. We reported Wednesday that Fraill, 40, had admitted contempt of court for chatting with defendant Jamie Stewart on Facebook. Sentencing Friall Thursday, Justice Igor Judge said her conduct was "directly contrary to her oath as a juror." Stewart, found guilty of drug and corruption charges, received a two-month suspended sentence at London's High Court.

Times wires

"Gas prices have come down just in time for summer vacation. That's how the gas companies get you. Once you're 300 miles from home, they jack up the prices again."

Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show

The skinny: To use GPS, turn on common sense 06/16/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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