Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny

The skinny: Tipper of fake cows gets jail, broken foot

Vandalism

Tipper of fake cows gets jail, broken foot

A Vermont man is going to jail for his part in a vandalism spree that damaged six fiberglass cows installed around downtown Burlington as part of a public art project. Christopher Newton, 21, and another man allegedly tried to push over two of the 4-foot-tall sculptures after a night of drinking May 18. Newton, whose foot was broken when one of the 150-pound cows fell on him, was charged with felony unlawful mischief. On Wednesday, he started a two-day jail term under an agreement with prosecutors that also calls for him to pay $1,000 or more in restitution. Organizers of the "Cows Come Home" project are now asking bartenders and store owners to serve as "cow tenders" and keep an eye out for the sculptures.

The long way

Woman is slowest Channel swimmer

A 56-year-old woman who used to weigh 280 pounds before she had a gastric bypass in November has become the slowest person ever to swim the Channel. Jackie Cobell from Tonbridge, Kent, took 28 hours and 44 minutes to get from Dover to Calais on Sunday after swimming 64 miles instead of the 21-mile direct route. Cobell's circuitous trip to Calais was due to being pushed wildly off course by the strong tides. She "beat" the previous record, set by Henry Sullivan in 1923, by one hour and 56 minutes, the Daily Telegraph said. "I kept seeing the beach and thinking I was nearly there, then the tide would sweep me along the coast," she said. "It has been very different swimming since I lost eight stone (about 112 pounds). I never used to get cold and I'm not as buoyant now."

Fashion

Looking stupid is anyone's right

A Bronx judge has thrown out a summons issued against a man for wearing saggy pants, finding that "the Constitution still leaves some opportunity for people to be foolish if they so desire." Judge Ruben Franco said that although Julio Martinez may have offended the fashion police with his underwear-exposing pants, he didn't deserve a ticket. "While most of us may consider it distasteful, and indeed foolish, to wear one's pants so low as to expose the underwear … people can dress as they please, wear anything, so long as they do not offend public order and decency," the judge wrote. Martinez's summons, given by an unidentified police officer, charged that Martinez had acted in a disorderly manner because he had "his pants down below his buttocks exposing underwear [and] potentially showing private parts."

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Tipper of fake cows gets jail, broken foot 07/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Editorial: Trump, not military, should set troop levels in Afghanistan

    Editorials

    There is no task more solemn for any American president than the decision to send troops off to war. In delegating authority over troops levels in Afghanistan to the Pentagon, President Donald Trump has shirked his obligation to own and defend his Afghan policy, while further divorcing America's military strategy there …

  2. North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in U.S. student's death (w/video)

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

    Mourners line the street after the funeral of Otto Warmbier, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio. Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea, died this week, days after returning to the United States. [Associated Press]
  3. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft

    Preps

    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Editorial: Pinellas cannot ignore homeless families

    Editorials

    They are living on our streets and in our parking lots, in cheap motels and spare bedrooms if they're lucky and in old cars if they are not. Their kids attend our schools, and parents often are afraid to seek help. Pinellas County has made progress in recent years in providing temporary shelter for the homeless, but …

    
Ariana Turner, 22, and her daughter, Namine Cowell, 2, are living at St. Petersburg Free Clinic Family Residence after falling on hard times. Pinellas County has made progress in recent years in providing temporary shelter for the homeless, but homeless families with kids are virtually shut out. It's a crisis that requires public and private leadership to find an answer that is both compassionate and cost-effective.
  5. Report: USF faculty complained of a hostile, sexist, boorish boss

    College

    TAMPA — A certain University of South Florida academic may be an unpopular and insensitive bully, but he did not break USF rules, a lengthy legal review has concluded.

    Herb Maschner was removed last fall as the head of a technology center at the University of South Florida after the school learned his previous employer found he engaged in inappropriate, on-campus sexual behavior. A new report looks at Maschner's tenure at USF. [Idaho State University]