British bat gets major upgrade from the belfry
Media outlets in England love a story if it involves intimate apparel. So when Abbie Hawkins, 19, reported that she had spent five hours at work at the front desk of a Holiday Inn near Norwich without knowing she had a baby bat in her bra, the story got a lot of interest. "I did not notice anything as I put my bra on," she said. "When I was driving I felt a slight vibration, but I thought it was my mobile phone in my jacket." (Which she apparently doesn't answer while driving. Kudos.) When she felt movement again at lunchtime, she discretely reached in and found the stowaway. "Once I realized it was a bat, I was shocked." No doubt. "It looked very snug in there." Um, again, no doubt. "I keep thinking, how could I have not known it was there?" Yeah, us too, actually. For the record, the Daily Mail consulted bat experts, and they said it is the first time they've heard of a bat in a bra.
Robber takes time for a cup of tea
Tuesday, we reported the assault derailed by the offer of beer to the bad guy in Los Angeles. Today we find the story of a woman in Tokyo who was confronted by an intruder in her apartment hallway. The man pulled a knife and demanded money. The woman, who was with her 6-month-old daughter, told him she didn't have any, but he followed him to her apartment and forced his way in. Once there, she offered him a cup of tea, hoping to settle him down. It worked, because he put the knife away. She put about $400 on the table, and when he turned his head, she grabbed her child and ran out the door. "I think she was very lucky," a police spokesman said. "I don't think serving tea always works with robbers."
Judge wants a little light reading
Judge Ronald Leighton of Tacoma, Wash., had no interest in reading the 465-page lawsuit filed by a lawyer in a racketeering case. Heck, the title was eight pages long. Turns out, he doesn't have to read it, either. He invoked a rule that requires a "short and plain statement" of allegations. So he issued an order for the lawyer to refile, and did it with style, in the form of a limerick: Plaintiff has a great deal to say, / But it seems he skipped Rule 8(a). / His Complaint is too long, / Which renders it wrong, / Please rewrite and refile today.
Country music finds fertile ground
There seems to be something about country music that gets the folks in Grand Junction, Colo., in the mood. A health clinic in the city says that on average, it sees about 25-30 pregnancies a month. But over the past several years, in the weeks following the Country Jam music festival, the average has jumped to 80 pregnancies per month. "There are plenty of ways for people to not get pregnant," Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. "I don't know what else we could do at this point short of putting birth control in the water at Country Jam." This year's festival was last week and was headlined by Tim McGraw.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.