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The Skinny: Crime buster finds herself busted instead

She was hired to teach local police about British youth — but it was 17-year-old Paris Brown who said she learned a lesson after her scandalous tweets about drugs, drinking and sex hit the tabloids. The Twitter postings sparked a media furor, questions over why a teen would be named a crime official in Kent county in southern England and calls for her resignation. The latter she gave Tuesday, along with an apology, a week after her appointment to the $22,800-a-year role as Britain's first youth crime commissioner. "I am really sorry for any offense caused," she said. The media on Saturday flagged some of her tweets — mostly posted before she was named to the position — in which she used gay slurs and racist terms. Brown insisted that she's not racist or homophobic, but had "fallen into the trap of behaving with bravado" on social networks.

Self-taught linguist

Careful what you say around him

Timothy Doner wanted to keep up with his favorite Israeli dance music, so the New York teenager taught himself Hebrew. That led to another language, and another, and, well, he now speaks 23 languages, from Hebrew and Arabic to Swahili and Chinese, according to the London Telegraph. There is a downside, the 16-year-old noted. "I've listened to people insult me in foreign languages, and I've actually been able to respond to them," he said.

Look, no backside

Style, comfort in a hospital gown

Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has come up with a new way to please patients: a gown with style, comfort and rear coverage. Like a wrap-around robe, it closes in the back and front. It is also made of a thicker cotton and polyester blend for warmth. Officials hope to license the design to a manufacturer for wide sales. Designer Michael Forbes explained its success: The "No. 1 goal was to close the backside of the gown."

Mistaken identity

If it doesn't bark, don't pay for it

File this one under that P.T. Barnum expression: Shoppers at a market in Buenos Aires bought steroid-enhanced ferrets sold as toy poodles and chihuahuas. A man said he bought two ferrets for $150 apiece at La Salda market after being told they were toy poodles. A woman said she bought a ferret that was sold as a chihuahua, the Latin Times reported Tuesday. They probably want their money back.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources

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Crime buster finds herself busted instead

The Skinny: Crime buster finds herself busted instead

04/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:21pm]
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