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The skinny: A wet uniform is sign of a bad bus driver

A water vat might 
have provided an interesting plot device 
for a Speed sequel.


A water vat might have provided an interesting plot device for a Speed sequel.

Good driving

A wet uniform is sign of a bad bus driver

Longxiang Public Bus Co. in Changsha, China, has an ingenious idea to ensure safe driving habits among its bus drivers. The company is installing large basins next to the driver's seat, and at the start of the shift, it will be filled with water. If water has spilled, that would suggest unsafe driving. "Hanging bowls of water in the driver's cab will discourage them from making any jolting starts, sudden braking or bad turns," the company said in a statement reported by the Xiaoxiang Morning Post. It's only amazing that no one thought of this before. Also, the company warned drivers that it will monitor the buses by video to make sure no one is refilling the basins. Rather than use the video to monitor any unsafe driving. Nice.

Bad driving

His intention was good, execution bad

Police in Monroe, N.Y., say Oleksandr Nayda was out driving when he found a stray dog. Nayda picked up the dog to take it to a shelter but didn't know where one was. So he stopped at a police station to ask, according to the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. All of this would have been just fine, except for the fact that officers noticed the smell of alcohol coinciding with Nayda's arrival in the station. So they administered a blood-alcohol test, and he registered a 0.17, more than double the legal limit. Police found a locked shelter for him, in lieu of $1,000 bail, and called animal control to come pick up the dog.

Wedded bliss

Couple has been together entire lives

Amy Singley and Steven Smith were both born on April 17, 1986, at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill, Pa. Their mothers shared a room in the hospital. Now, on June 12, 2010, both are getting married at the same place in Easton, Pa. The first event was coincidence. The second was by design. The couple started dating as sophomores in high school, and Singley said she knew Smith was the guy after their second date. "It was kind of like looking for a house. When you find the right one, you just know," she told the Lehigh Valley Express Times.


Search turns up quite an endowment

Customs officials in Wales detained a Romanian woman after finding $32,000 in cash stuffed into her bra, according to the Sun. The money was mostly in 500-euro bills, which have been taken out of circulation in Britain because their use is generally linked to crime. The officials did not say what led them to look there.

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

The skinny: A wet uniform is sign of a bad bus driver 05/31/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 31, 2010 9:54pm]
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