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The Skinny: As lightning strikes, sink comes to rescue

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As lightning strikes, sink comes to rescue

When the rain started to fall, Kevin Holden of Barrowford, England, went outside to fetch his golf umbrella for use later. Before later arrived, a blue flash threw him about 4 feet into the air as he re-entered his house. Holden, 61, said he grabbed a stainless steel sink to steady himself and saw an arc of electricity shoot from his thumb to the basin, the Sun of London reported Monday. "It was a brilliant flash of light. I could only think that I had been struck by lightning," he said. "I was lucky. I had a pair of trainers (sneakers) on, but if I had bare feet it could have been very different." He credits the sink with saving his life. "When paramedics came they were looking for an entry point and an exit wound but they said the lightning must have passed around my body. It must have traveled to earth down the sink," he said. "I was lucky. I felt like I had hangover, my head was ringing."

Oops

Keep the notes of sympathy, please

Cheri Schumann of Wash­ington state would like Kennewick High School's class of 1971 to know she's alive and well. A story in Saturday's Tri-City Herald about a reunion focused on seven classmates who were slain out of 80 who had died. Schumann — now Cheri Taylor — was listed. She lives in Mill Creek, north of Seattle, with her family. "It was very unsettling," she said Sunday. "I've felt creepy all day."

call it reprehensible

101-year-old man survives attacker

Unbelievable. A 101-year-old man was attacked and robbed moments after he stepped off a church bus in Savannah, Ga. He was jumped Sunday as he tried to open the door to his house, the Savannah Morning News reported. The mugger grabbed the man's wallet, which held $61, and ran. The victim had minor cuts and bruises on his face and hand, and pain on his right side. Lt. Racine Chaney said most crimes are senseless, but this one was particularly reprehensible.

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