The skinny: Gather round for sweetness and charm

ukulele on a roll

Gather round for sweetness and charm

Don't sell that ukulele just yet. When Roy Sakuma first rounded up ukulele players for a festival at a park in Waikiki in Honolulu, he could muster just 50 musicians and an audience of 100. This year, some four decades later, 900 people strummed and plucked their wooden four-string instruments in front of several thousand people lounging on benches and under tents on a sunny day. Local players were joined by musicians from Thailand, Italy, South Korea and the U.S. mainland. "That sweetness and charm of this instrument, just attracts you," said Sakuma, on the sidelines of the 41st Annual Ukulele Festival on Sunday.

Blame human error

Babies end up with wrong mothers

St. John of God Hospital in Geelong, Australia, is really, really sorry. Its staff accidentally mixed up two newborns and gave them to the wrong mothers, who breast-fed the infants before the mistake was caught, the hospital said Monday. A family member of one of the mothers noticed something was wrong and alerted the staff. By then, the mothers had been with the wrong infants for more than eight hours Friday. "It should be obviously a great time in any young family's life, and for us to have contributed to this situation, it disturbs us that it's happened," hospital CEO Stephen Roberts said.

Logic of thieves

Hold the mustard and ketchup

Austrian police say thieves have made off with an unusual heist — 21 tons of mustard and ketchup. The loot was in a semitrailer parked in a lot over the weekend northwest of Vienna. Police say the truck driver showed up Monday to deliver his cargo only to see the trailer missing. Police assume the thieves were more interested in the trailer than its contents. That's because the trailer is worth more than $22,000.

alive and sour

He says state owes for saving his life

Because Daniel Self was ready to die, he's upset that the state of Colorado interfered. The 54-year-old convicted murdered is suing the state for saving his life after his heart stopped beating. He has sleep apnea, and ordered prison guards not to resuscitate him if he stopped breathing. He says in a lawsuit filed in federal court that officials were indifferent to his right to refuse medical treatment when he stopped breathing in 2009. He told the Denver Post he wants millions in damages. A prison spokeswoman was speechless.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Gather round for sweetness and charm

07/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 11:22pm]

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