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Barber shrugs off a shot to the bottom line


Barber shrugs off a shot to the bottom line

Kurt Voelkel might be the most understanding barber in the history of hair. A regular customer came into Werner's Barber Shop in Parma, Ohio, last week. As the customer sat down, the gun he was carrying fell to the floor and Voelkel took a 9mm slug straight to one of his more heavily padded regions. "It took me a minute to realize what happened," Voelkel told WJW-TV in Cleveland. "But it really did hurt pretty bad." He was taken to the hospital, where after 2 1/2 hours, it was decided to leave the bullet right where it was. "If I really get in there and push, I can feel it," he said. Given the location, he plans to not ever do that. It also probably helps that he stands for a living. Voelkel also said he won't be pressing charges against the gun owner, because it was just an accident. Plus, he's a longtime customer.

Fisherman ends up going hunting

Police in Lancaster County, Neb., arrested William Roberts on charges of making terroristic threats. Here's what happened: Roberts was fishing in Branched Oak Lake. No one disputes that. A team from Offutt Air Force Base was training in the lake, doing a water rescue exercise. That's also pretty clear cut. The problem came about, police say, when personal watercraft the military was using tangled Roberts' lines. Police say Roberts pulled out a handgun and fired it into the air, then threatened to shoot at the team if they didn't stop. At that point, police deemed it a terroristic threat.

Crimes of passion

Woman saved by unnatural attributes

A man in Moscow had requested that his wife get unusually ample breast implants five years ago. And say what you will about his motivation, it turns out it saved the woman's life. A man attempted to stab her in the chest, but it hit the implant, according to Pravda. Because of the size of the implant, the knife didn't make it through to a point that it could have done fatal damage. The significant caveat in the otherwise happy ending is that the man who stabbed her was her husband, so there are more issues to be worked out. The clinic where she got the implant has offered to replace it.


This is how rise of machines starts

Paying for street parking in Washington, D.C., is getting sooooo easy. With a new smartphone app, you can register, prepay, then when you park somewhere, just tell your phone the space number. And the app will send a text when time is about to expire. So far so good. Dicier: The app obviously has to send that information to parking officials, too, so they know you're paid up. So what if they get the warning your time is about to expire, too? Then hunt down cars to ticket? "From an integration perspective, I'll bet it is possible," Laurens Eckelboom of Parkmobile USA tells WTOP-FM, "but from my understanding, they don't do that." Well, not yet anyway. "I don't think it would be very well received by the public."

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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