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The skinny: Pizza delivery takes back seat to life saving

Wood-fired hero

Pizza delivery takes back seat to life saving

College student Raleigh Powell was making a delivery for Upper Crust pizza in Clifton Park, N.Y., when he noticed a house engulfed in flames. He was supposed to try to get that pizza to its destination ASAP, but he decided to detour and see if he could help. He burst into the home, where Kenneth Keefer told him his wife was trapped in a bedroom. So Powell, an Army reservist, shattered the bedroom window, and retrieved Grace Keefer, 83. The pizza probably didn't make it, because Powell had to go get stitches for slices on his arms. But the Keefers are fine. Powell doesn't want to hear the "H" word, though. "I just did what anyone would have done in that situation," he told the Albany Times Union.

Video void

Without a Wii, they amuse with wee

A bar in London has managed to bring technology to a game that has existed only in the rawest of form since the advent of wall-mounted urinals. The Exhibit bar has video screens above the necessary facilities, and in them are games of trivia, skiing, and with no sense of irony, fire extinguishing. Using the most personal of, um, controllers, players aim their used beer in such a manner to earn big points. Earn enough points, and get on the leader board, though it is unclear how that's done. The bar owner tells the Sun newspaper that the game has curtailed vandalism in the men's room. Alas, there is no game that rewards distance. And there is no mention of similar games for the ladies' room. Though it's possible that there isn't a market there.


Conscience clear, despite the math

Back in the late 1940s, someone stole a few bucks out of the till at a Sears store in Seattle. Apparently, it has been gnawing at him for decades now. This week, a manager at the store got an unsigned note with a $100 bill. "During the late ('40s), I stole some money from the cash register in the amount of $20-$30," the note read. "I want to pay you back this money." The extra, it implied, was interest. So, let's crunch numbers: Assume it was $25 and he took it in 1947. That's a return of 2.19 percent, compounded annually. Not very good over 64 years. And that doesn't consider inflation. That $25 in 1947 is roughly $240 today. Someone's conscience got off easy.


Tiebreaker is just the luck of draw

Congratulations are in order for Joseph Claar, the new supervisor of Greenfield Township, Pa. Claar, a Democrat, tied with his GOP counterpart Edward Helsel, 221 votes apiece in the election on Nov. 8. So the men got together on Monday, and each drew an envelope. Inside was a number, and the lowest number would win. Helsel drew a 12, Claar an 8. And thus he won a six-year term. The men shook hands after the decision was rendered, with neither threatening to go to the Supreme Court. "It's been done this way for years," Claar told the Altoona Mirror. "If it isn't broken, don't fix it."

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Pizza delivery takes back seat to life saving 11/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 7:13pm]
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