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


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."


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]
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