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No cancer, but man diagnosed with small tree


No cancer, but man diagnosed with small tree

Doctors in Russia operated on Artyom Sidorkin, 28, fearing the worst about his chest pains. They had taken X-rays, and were sure that he had a tumor in his lungs. The good news: He didn't have cancer. The bad news: He did have a small pine tree growing in his lung. "I thought I was hallucinating," Dr. Vladimir Kamashev told the Telegraph in Britain. Best medical staff can figure, Sidorkin probably breathed in a tiny seed, which sprouted and was about 2 inches when removed. "It was very painful," said Sidorkin. "But I'm so relieved it's not cancer."

Currency events

If she had a wallet, she would be dead

A well-placed wad of cash saved a woman's life in Salvador, Brazil. Ivonete Pereira de Oliveira, 58, was on a bus Saturday when two gunmen held it up. An off-duty police officer on the bus opened fire on the gunmen, and in the shootout, Oliveira was hit right in the bra. Actually, in the left side of the bra, where she was packing about $70 worth of cash. The bullet went through the cash and into her breast but was slowed enough that it did not continue to her heart. Doctors removed the bullet and she was released. The officer died in the fight.

Organic diet

Woman combines HGTV, Food Network

Oriole Parker-Rhodes of Anglesey, Wales, was tired of snails devouring her garden. So to combat the problem, she has taken to devouring the snails. She didn't want to crush or poison them, so eating them seemed the next obvious solution. "I'm quite an organic, perma-culture sort of person," Parker-Rhodes told the Daily Mail, in an early candidate for understatement of the year. "They're perfectly good meat. They're very high in protein and low in fat. In some ways, they're better than beef." She said restaurants serve snails six at a time, but she piles them up a dozen at a time. She has even started a blog ( with recipes and tips.


School's neighbor hates kid noise

Butch Armstrong of Universal City, Texas, doesn't have a problem with the noise the police make in his neighborhood. He's also okay with the fire trucks and the ambulances in the area. He doesn't even mind the Air Force training jets that fly over. But he can't stand listening to that elementary school near his house. And he has gotten police to issue a noise citation against it. Principal Terri LeBleu says that the school already built a taller fence, put in noise-reducing basketball backboards and removed loudspeakers at Armstrong's behest. Now he wants them to change traffic patterns because the pickup and dropoff times annoy him.

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

No cancer, but man diagnosed with small tree 04/14/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 11:23pm]
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