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The skinny: Demolition goes awry when tower topples the wrong way

Demolition Debacle

Tower was to fall this way, not that way

A 275-foot smokestack being demolished at an old Ohio power plant toppled in the wrong direction and sent spectators scrambling before knocking down two 12,000-volt power lines and crashing onto a building housing backup generators, Springfield Township fire Chief John Roeder said. Officials said about 4,000 customers in the Springfield area, about 25 miles northeast of Dayton, lost power because of the downed lines. Lisa Kelly, the president and owner of Idaho-based Advanced Explosives Demolition Inc., which handled the demolition, told the Springfield News-Sun on Wednesday that the explosives detonated correctly, but an undetected crack on the south side of the tower pulled it in a different direction.

Leaden lunch

Gunshot victim too hungry to wait

Miguel Soto, 25, was hungry. Really hungry. He was so hungry, police in Connecticut say, that though he was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a New Haven deli, Soto first went home and ate his lunch, then made his way to hospital. Soto told police he was leaving the deli Tuesday when gunshots rang out. One bullet hit him in the left leg, another in the groin. So, soon as the sandwich was over, he asked his father to take him to a hospital. Officers said his injuries were not life-threatening. No word on whether he had ingested anything else prior to his meal.

Come and get it

Steelers-style van serves warrants

People who don't want to be served a warrant or a summons aren't likely to stick around when they see a police cruiser pull up. So two officers in Connellsville, in western Pennsylvania, went to a car dealership and borrowed a van decorated in Steelers colors and the team logo. When they drove up to houses and honked, people came out for a better look at the van. That's when the officers served the court papers. To show Steelers spirit, the officers played the team's fight song while transporting people to a district judge.

'D' for dancing

Students' routine gets failing grade

Frustrated teachers who have been unable to stop students from grinding on the dance floor have canceled the winter formal at a Portland, Ore., high school. Vice principal Pam Joyner told the Oregonian newspaper that chaperones have tried everything to prevent the inappropriate contact — lectures, shining flashlights and even T-shirts that said "No bumping." Nothing worked. So teachers are refusing to chaperone the January dance. The school's special projects coordinator, Jan Watt, said the explanation is simple: The students dance like people they see on TV. Some students told the newspaper grinding is no big deal, but they don't want their parents to watch.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Demolition goes awry when tower topples the wrong way 11/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:47pm]
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