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The skinny: Long phone call stretches train trip, riders' patience

Cell etiquette

Long phone call stretches trip, riders' patience

Ever been next to a pesky person who just won't get off the cell phone? Imagine the plight of passengers on a train, who had one in their midst who went on and on … for 16 hours. Passengers complained that Lakeysha Beard, 39, ignored their requests to be quiet during the journey from Oakland, Calif., to Portland, Ore. Train staff eventually asked her to stop, and that led to a "verbal altercation." Police pulled her off the train at Salem, Ore., and charged her with disorderly conduct. Beard told Portland's KATU News that she felt "disrespected" by the incident.

Bare-faced lie?

'Botox mom' now claims she lied

Last week, "Kerry Campbell" told ABC's Good Morning America and Inside Edition that she gave Botox injections to her 8-year-old daughter, Britney, to give her a competitive edge in beauty pageants. Turns out "Campbell" is actually Sheena Upton, and she told the Botox story was a sham for which the British tabloid Sun paid her $200. The Sun said the report was obtained from a British news agency and published in good faith. A spokesman said ABC did not pay Upton to appear on Good Morning America but did pay a $10,000 licensing fee to a British broker, Claire Stephens Ltd., for Botox injection pictures.

Driving daze

Fake speed limit sign tricks drivers

Hundreds of British motorists were nailed by a speed camera after pranksters erected a rogue 40 mph speed limit sign in a 30 mph zone. Traffic officials in Wyke, Bradford, condemned the prank as "crassly irresponsible," the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reported. City engineer Darren Badrock said, "The 40 mph sign was not put up by the council and appears to have been placed there by a member of the public." The sign has been removed, and drivers ticketed because of the fake sign can ask the authorities to give them a break.

Robbing by the rules

Robber lowers hood when told

Authorities in Ohio are looking for a bank robber who does follow some rules. FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas said the man left authorities good surveillance photos because he uncovered his face when asked to. The man, in his mid 20s, entered a Columbus PNC Bank on Wednesday with his dark hood up, covering most of his face. The bank has a "no hats, no hoods" policy, so a bank employee told the man to pull his hood down, and he complied. At the counter, he handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and to give him money or he would shoot. He fled, but police say they expect to find him soon.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Long phone call stretches train trip, riders' patience 05/20/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2011 9:42pm]
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