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Teen needed a doctor, but also a job

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Teen needed a doctor, but also a job

The staff at the King West Vets veterinary clinic in Toronto was pretty impressed with the 16-year-old job applicant. He had answers to all the standard interview questions like, Tell us a little about yourself, Why do you want to work here, What are your long-term goals, and Why is your leg bleeding profusely? The answers were probably, I love animals!, King West is the best!, To be a veterinarian!, and I was stabbed on the way to this interview!" The boy did great on the interview, veterinarian Kent Ackerman told the Toronto Star, but a decision hadn't been made about the position. The boy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. "We were very proud of him for sticking to the appointment," Ackerman said.

Woman really wants a driver's license

The law of averages would seem to be on the side of a 68-year-old South Korean woman who has taken the country's written driving test 771 times since April 2005. She has failed it 771 times. But she keeps trying. Applicants must score at least 60 on the test, and the woman's best score is 50. She told officials she will be back for attempt No. 772 but did not say when. She has spent about $3,000 on fees to take the test. So far.

Aroma of the city

They always blame N.J. when it smells

New Yorkers accuse New Jersey of being the source of a lot of smells they have to contend with, but this time it's a pleasant one. A mysterious maple syrup-like aroma has been wafting over the Big Apple, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said city agencies have determined it is coming from a factory in Bergen County where they were processing fenugreek seeds. "The Health Department confirmed that the odor does not pose a health risk," Bloomberg assured the New York Daily News.

Police reports

Honcho out, and profits are soaring

Income from parking meters in New Castle, Pa., was way down in 2006 and 2007. Gary Stone Jr. was laid off last year as head of the parking authority after it took in only $342 over those two years. Then something weird happened. Police took over collections last year, and took in more than $54,000. That raised some eyebrows. Stone was arraigned Thursday on theft charges.

Sentence must be served sober

The Johnson County Jail in Iowa would like to take this opportunity to remind people that when you come down to serve time for public intoxication, come sober. Because someone didn't this week. A 19-year-old man showed up to serve a three-day sentence with a blood-alcohol content of 0.101 percent. He faces new charges now.

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

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