Time for school
Still a little too young for driver's ed
A 6-year-old boy in Northumberland County, Va., missed his school bus Monday morning, so he did the only logical thing: He got the keys to the family Taurus, jumped in and headed down the road. He said he was afraid he would miss breakfast and P.E. He made it six miles before he crashed. He told police that he knew how to drive because he plays Grand Theft Auto and Monster Truck Jam video games. Police did not release his name, but he is 6 and the son of Jacqulyn Waltman and David Dodson, so that shouldn't be hard for the neighbors to figure out. The boy got a bump on his head. The parents were arrested on endangerment charges.
The president isn't really your pal
If you have been super-poking your new Facebook friend Bharrat Jagdeo, the president of Guyana, you might want to sit down for this: It wasn't really him. Apparently, someone was using the Internet to pretend to be someone they weren't, and compiled about 170 friends using Jagdeo's identity. But the president's office has released a statement saying it wasn't really him and asking police to investigate who posted it. Oh, and if you are a friend of Benazir Bhutto's son Bilawal on Facebook, we have more bad news ... two profiles, neither one really him.
They would, did or might never
• A pair of German sweethearts were thwarted in their bid to elope by the police. The plan of Mika and Anna-Lena was to walk to the tram and take a train to the airport and hop a flight to Africa. At the train station, an officer talked them out of the plan, noting that since they had no money, they would have a hard time getting on a plane. That, and they are 5 and 6 years old. They relented and were picked up by their parents.
• A British couple recently said "I do" for the 60th time. Margaret and John Beauvoisin of Waterlooville have renewed their vows every year but one since their 1948 wedding. "We are still very much in love. I'm a terrible housewife, but John puts up with that and keeps on loving me," said Margaret, 81. John, 84, didn't disagree. "I still love her... somehow." Awwww.
• Officer Xiao Deng of Ningbo, China, may have saved a relationship. A woman in Deng's jurisdiction called to complain that her boyfriend refused to warm her feet, according to Modern Times. The boyfriend called to say his girlfriend was too demanding. Deng responded and told them that it was the boyfriend's job to warm her feet, but her job not to leave her feet on him too long. Case closed. Nice police work there, Xiao.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at [email protected]