The skinny: It never struck him cannonball might be risky

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It never struck him cannonball might be risky

Kenny Honeycutt has had an old cannonball around his Albuquerque, N.M., home for several years since a friend gave it to him. The cannonball, believed to be Civil War-era, has served as a fine doorstop and conversation starter over the years. It wasn't until his grandkids were at his house playing with it that he started wondering if it was, you know, lethal. Or at least potentially explosive. "I thought, if this thing is dangerous I want to get it out of there," Honeycutt told KOAT-TV. That is excellent advice for anyone with a cannonball of questionable origin. He had police check it out, and they said it was once an explosive, but contained no gunpowder, so was safe. Even so, Honeycutt says he is going to see what the going rate for once-explosive doorstops is on the Internet.

taking responsibility

You can't win after banning yourself

A man from Waterford Township, Pa., won $2,001 playing the slots at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pa. The 55-year-old man was not identified, except for the fact that he has previously registered himself with the state gaming board's self-exclusion program. What that means is he has effectively had himself banned from entering a casino. So, as a consequence for his action, his jackpot is forfeited to a treatment fund for compulsive gamblers. Oh, and he is charged with criminal trespass. The plus side is a clear sense of self-awareness.

Man says he did it, claims accomplice

When Rick Wallat was arrested in October 2009 in connection with the robbery of the People's National Bank in North Branch, Minn., he didn't deny doing it, but he named an accomplice. "The devil made me do it," the arrest report quotes him as saying. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He faces up to 20 years in prison. The devil's involvement in the case was never verified.

Spitting mad

An expectation of no expectoration

On the mean streets of New York City, no one has it worse than a bus driver. Just ask the 51 bus drivers who were granted paid leave in 2009 after incidents in which a passenger spit on them. That's just the spitting incidents. Those 51 drivers were so traumatized by the experience, they took an average of 64 days off work. One spent 191 days on paid leave. No one is questioning the trauma involved in being spat at, but the transit number crunchers are looking at the $400 million budget shortfall and see trouble, the New York Times reports. Officials say part of the problem is enforcement. Police have to see the incident to issue a ticket. In London, police collect the spit as DNA evidence. Science!

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: It never struck him cannonball might be risky 05/25/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:40pm]

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