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The Skinny: Teen fakes pregnancy as high school project

No graduation bump

Teen's high school project: Fake pregnancy

A Toppenish, Wash., high school senior who faked pregnancy for six months as part of a project on stereotyping stunned a student assembly this week by taking off the belly bundle. Among those who knew that Gaby Rodriguez, 17, wasn't really pregnant were mother Juana Rodriguez (whew!), boyfriend Jorge Orozco (WHEW!!) and principal Trevor Greene. Before the revelation, she asked several students and teachers to read quotes from people about her "pregnancy." Most were not complimentary. Rodriguez, who has a 3.8 GPA, plans to attend Columbia Basin College. And, she said, "I'm not planning to have a child until after I graduate."

Fare deal

Cabbie drives 2 guys across U.S.

New York City cab driver Mohammed Alam has racked up the fare of a lifetime: $5,000 to drive two men to Los Angeles. The trio left Saturday night and reached Las Vegas late Thursday. Investment banker John Belitsky told the New York Post that the idea was hatched during a birthday celebration for buddy Dan Wuebben. When they decided on a cab ride to California, they found Alam at LaGuardia Airport and made a deal. They haven't decided how to get back yet. A friend will help Alam drive home.

Say 'constitutional'

Barking among free speech rights?

A southwest Ohio man charged after barking at a police dog says a city law in Mason that bars such taunting violates free speech. Jim Hardin, the attorney for Ryan James Stephens, 25, said barking may not be seen as intelligent, but is "still speech." A police officer investigating a car crash at a pub on April 3 heard Stephens and the dog barking at each other. "The dog started it," Stephens said.

Math hiccup

$200 in gas tossed for $60 container

Emilio Valentine of Bridgeport, Conn., has been charged with illegally dumping about $200 worth of gasoline onto a city street. A police report said he then went to a scrap metal yard and tried to sell the empty container for $60. Stephen Scholz of PC Metals told the Connecticut Post that the metal container was still dripping when Valentine, 52, pulled into the scrap yard. It is not known if his vehicle ran on diesel.

Unsafe deposit

Termites shrink bank account

It was an all-you-can-eat buffet at the bank. An army of termites munched through 10 million rupees — about $222,000 — in currency notes stored in a steel chest, police said Friday. The manager of the bank in Baranki in northern India discovered the damage when he opened the reinforced room in the old building on Wednesday, said police Officer Navneet Rana. The money was put in the chest in January.

Compiled from Times wires

The Skinny: Teen fakes pregnancy as high school project 04/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 7:55pm]
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