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Letter carrier shows up early, catches baby

Nice catch

Letter carrier makes a very special delivery

Lisa Harrell usually doesn't make it to Second Street to make her postal deliveries until 2 p.m. each day. But the Albany, N.Y., letter carrier had an Express Mail package to deliver on Monday, so she was there at 11 a.m. And as she was ringing the doorbell, she felt something hit her in the arm, and instinctively turned around. When she did, a baby landed in her arms. The 1-year-old girl had fallen out an open window on the second floor. The baby was fine, but Harrell, a 14-year veteran of the Postal Service, was shaken up. "I couldn't finish the route," she told the Albany Times-Union. "I feel better now." But don't go using the H word, Harrell says. "A hero? No. I was in the right place at the right time."

Business cutbacks

Bank cuts hanky, panky for execs

Times are tough at Deutsche Bank. Germany's largest bank has lost about $4-billion in the global credit crunch. So in an effort to cut back costs, the company will no longer allow its executives to charge visits to brothels or hotel porn to their expense accounts, the magazine Spiegel reports, based on a leaked memo it received. Other cost-cutting measures: a $100 limit on business meals, no first-class train rides (if the trip is less than one hour), and employees flying into a city for a business meeting may no longer get a hotel room to shower, but shower at the airport instead.

Current events

Kiddie pool is not certified for falls

Alex Perry, 18, thought it would be fun to ride an inflatable kiddie pool on the currents of the Ashuelot River in New Hampshire. Then he and Corey Loonan, a certified lifeguard who should've known better, thought it would be fun to ride it over the waterfall at the dam. "We really thought it would be fine, even when we were going over," said Loonan. Once they hit bottom, Loonan swam to safety, but Perry got caught in the current and was trapped for at least 10 minutes before being pulled out by rescuers, who also had to rescue a woman who had become trapped trying to help Perry. Perry spent the night in the hospital, but has been released. None of this surprises his mother. "She said he does stupid stuff all the time," Loonan said.


Corpse cash caper

Charges against James O'Hare and David J. Daloia, the two men accused of wheeling the corpse of their roommate in an office chair to a check-cashing store, have been dismissed. Primarily because the prosecutor admits he can't prove when Virgilio Cintron died. O'Hare and Daloia say Cintron was alive when they left on Jan. 8 for the store, where they planned to cash Cintron's $355 Social Security check.

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

Letter carrier shows up early, catches baby 04/22/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:44pm]
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