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Coincidence or irony? Floor falls on dieters

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Coincidence or irony? Floor falls on dieters

A Weight Watchers group in Vaxjo, Sweden, says it has no idea what caused the floor in the room in which 20 dieters had gathered to meet for a weigh-in to collapse. "We suddenly heard a huge thud; we almost thought it was an earthquake and everything flew up in the air," one of the group members told the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (pronounced tidningarnas telegrambyra). The floor collapsed in one corner of the room and along the walls." After that, more of the floor gave way. No one was injured, and the weighing in continued in a hallway. But as far as why the floor collapsed, it remains a big mystery.

Caught on video

British cops can't let this one slide

It is really cold in Britain right now, but even so, police forces in and around London are instructing their officers that under no circumstances are they authorized to use their riot shields as makeshift sleds. "Tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea," Andrew Murray, superintendent of the Thames Valley Police, told his troops. And he specifically made no exceptions to allow the activity if someone was filming it to post to YouTube. But, well, that might have already happened.

Chiro-Impractical

Gov.'s backache now a pain in neck

Benigno Fitial, the governor of the Northern Mariana Islands, was having a very tense day of governoring and decided to treat himself to a nice massage. So he called and had his favorite masseuse brought over to the mansion for a deep-tissue treatment. He knew just where she was: in jail. But he said she was good. So he ordered her temporary release. The corrections commissioner, three corrections officers and Mrs. Fitial were all in the room, so there was no funny business. Most likely. Anyway, after the session, she was returned to the jail. But now that the news is out, some people are really upset about the whole incident, because she was in jail on federal charges of human smuggling, and officials think that the charges are serious enough that Fitial should find another masseuse. He said he didn't know the charges against her.

Police reports

Polite robber waits quietly for police

Police in Portland, Ore., were called to the FedEx Kinko's store to respond to a robbery in progress. It was a pretty low-key robbery, as far as robberies go, though. It seems Thomas Decker, 46, entered the store and gave a clerk a note "This is a robbery." That was enough to get the staff nervous. But wait, there was more to the note: "I'll wait outside for police, sorry." Well, that's not normally in a robbery note. But that's what he did. He was still there when police got there. Since he was not armed and did not rob the store, they did not charge him with robbery. But he has been charged with filing a false report.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Coincidence or irony? Floor falls on dieters 01/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:15pm]
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