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The Skinny: In New York, they can't get enough of those smart gadgets

Stop that thief!

They can't get enough of those smart gadgets

A certain demographic in New York is in love with smart phones and tablets, and grows fonder of them by the day. Thieves, that is. One thousand subway riders have seen their devices vanish this year through August, compared with 787 during the same period in 2010, police say. In a common situation, the thieves strike while a train is at a station platform, the New York Times reported. Just before the doors close, the thieves grab the devices and flee into the subway station. "This spike concerns us," said Owen Monaghan, an assistant chief in the Police Department's Transit Bureau. Indeed.

No help from 911

Driver just wants to be left alone

The Park City, Utah, man was being chased, and so he called 911 for help. The 20-year-old asked the dispatchers to tell the folks who were in pursuit — the deputies — that they "needed to leave him alone," according to the website ksl.com, which did not name the driver. His father also called dispatchers during the 30-mile chase, telling them the son had called him, too, and he had advised him to stop, too. Deputies stopped the man when they placed spikes on the road. Family members told deputies he was having problems with his girlfriend and was distraught.

MAJOR Slacker

Dear Son: Get out or we'll call sheriff

An Italian couple want a divorce — from their son. The Venetian parents, who have not been named, say the 41-year-old has a job but refuses to leave home and wants his clothes washed and his meals prepared, the London Daily Telegraph reported. They have taken their case to a legal department, and lawyers have given the son, also unnamed, 10 days to exit or have the case referred to court. "We can no longer go on like this," the father said, according to Andrea Campi, a lawyer for the couple. "He never wants to leave."

NO Handshakes

Mayoral hopeful is a different animal

A candidate for mayor of Varna, Bulgaria, is promising hard work, no kickbacks and a mulish determination. Or at least that's what his handlers say. The candidate, Marko, is unable to speak for himself. He's a donkey. According to the online site web.orange.co.uk/p/news/, Marko is being backed by the Society for a New Bulgaria. Incumbent Mayor Kiril Yordanov has declined to share a stage with his rival, saying it is "undignified."

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

The Skinny: In New York, they can't get enough of those smart gadgets 09/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:14pm]
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