Gate crashers win
To the cynics who said there was no way that Bravo would cut the White House party crashers out of The Real Housewives of D.C.: You were right. Bravo confirmed on Tuesday that Michaele Salahi will be one of the five wives on its Washington high-society reality show, which makes it debut Aug. 5.
When Salahi and her husband, Tareq, were accused of crashing a White House state dinner in November, sparking days of critical media coverage, Bravo asserted that it had not decided whether the couple would actually appear on the show. To no one's surprise, it ultimately decided to include them.
Rats love Big Apple
Rats indeed, Charlie Brown.Robert Corrigan, a rodent expert at the New York Health Department, says half of lower Manhattan's train lines are either infested with them or show conditions ripe for attracting them. They love the rooms where trash is stored after it's collected in subway stations, he said Tuesday. Hundreds can be living in just one wall of one of those rooms.
Corrigan and the state Metropolitan Transportation Authority are trying to come up with a new rat control plan. He said the rats are a serious safety issue: Jumpy riders can fall off platforms when surprised by them.
Number of Americans who volunteered last year, an increase of 1.6 million from 2008
Number of women who volunteered last year, up 1.2 million from 2008
Number of hours in 2009 that a typical volunteer donated
Source: Corporation for National and Community Service
To save self, he lost arm
Jonathan Metz had his left arm stuck in his furnace boiler for about 12 hours when he asked himself "what would MacGyver do?" and concluded that amputating the limb was his only chance for survival. The 31-year-old West Hartford, Conn., man met with the news media Tuesday for the first time since getting his arm stuck in his furnace in his basement for two days and nearly cutting off the limb.
Metz, who is right-handed and lives alone, said when the thought of amputation first crossed his mind he pushed it away. He considered every other option and thought of the resourceful 1980s TV character who always found a way to use mundane objects around him to get himself out of tough situations.
"I definitely dithered for a few hours after coming up with the initial idea," said Metz, who works in financial services. "I thought there must be some other way."
Metz said his arm got stuck in the furnace boiler while he cleaned the heating vents June 7. When he tried to remove the arm, the boiler cut into it. Screams for help went unanswered. Eventually he smelled rotting flesh and started thinking he had to cut the arm off.
He used a hacksaw blade, then used a larger blade. He nearly succeeded, but couldn't make it through a bundle of nerves. Police found him in the basement June 9, after a friend called police when he did not answer the doorbell.
Doctors said Metz is doing well. They hope to fit him for a prosthetic arm in the next month.