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The skinny: British lawmaker's wife extols Big Ben's sex appeal

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Lawmaker's wife extols Big Ben's sex appeal

The wife of the speaker of Britain's House of Commons extolled the romantic charms of living in the shadow of Big Ben, to the chagrin of some more conservative commentators. Sally Bercow posed near the famous bell clad in a bedsheet for London's Evening Standard. She praised the romantic view from the official apartment she shares with her husband, John, saying "I never realized how sexy I would find living under Big Ben with the bells chiming." She added that "since John became speaker, the number of women who hit on him has gone up dramatically." Amid some criticism, Bercow admitted she had miscalculated, tweeting: "Mr. B. is going to go potty." In British-speak, that apparently means he's "going to go nuts." Whew.

Wrong call

For charging cell phone, he's in jail

As far as we know, there's no law in Maryland against charging cell phones. So it wasn't actually what Cody Wilkins was doing that brought charges, as where he was doing it. Wilkins' troubles began when a homeowner's son arrived as a burglar was going through rooms in the house Friday. Startled, the burglar jumped out a window and fled. The son called Maryland police, who searched the home and found the cell phone. From finding his cell phone to finding Wilkins took basic detective work. Montgomery County police say Wilkins, 25, has been charged in other burglaries.

Out, and in

He's back in jail before you know it

A day after a judge let him out of jail, a western Pennsylvania man stole a Jeep and robbed a bank, say police in Upper Yoder. Richard Brandon Johnson, police say, robbed the First Commonwealth Bank in Bens Creek shortly after it opened Wednesday. He was arrested two hours later and also charged with stealing the Jeep, in which police say they found clothes that Johnson, 29, wore during the robbery. The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports that Johnson refused to answer questions from reporters but said "hi, Mom" as police led him to court. His previous visit to the jail was on charges of assaulting his girlfriend.

Equipment failure

Firefighters' gloves have critical flaw

The New York City Fire Department has determined that its new fire-retardant gloves are lacking in one respect: They do not adequately protect firefighters from burns. Since November, six firefighters have suffered second-degree burns on the backs of their hands. All were wearing the new Blaze Fighter model of gloves; in each instance, the gloves themselves were not damaged. The gloves are being worn by 6,500 firefighters at a total cost of about $850,000 after a successful trial run. The gloves meet National Fire Protection Association standards.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

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