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The skinny: Finally taking the stage for his graduation

A hall of famer, too

Finally taking the stage for his graduation

A California man who missed his 1942 graduation because he was locked in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans finally walked in a cap and gown last week, more than seven decades after he was pulled out of class just a month shy of his big day. Don Miyada, now 89, joined Newport Harbor High School's 2014 graduating class on stage and received a standing ovation when he was hailed as an inaugural member of the school's hall of fame, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. Miyada was 17 when he was sent with his family and more than 17,000 other detainees to the camp in Arizona after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He met principal Sean Boulton during a Memorial Day service at the school, and Boulton invited him to walk with the 560 seniors who would be graduating. Miyada thanked the teenagers who were crossing the stage with him. "It's their time to graduate and their time of honor," he said. "I'm happy they invited me."

Ray the valet

At airport, robot can handle parking

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can leave the job to a robot valet. Airport spokesman Thomas Koetter said the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work today and can be booked using a smartphone app. The forklift-like machine can carry any standard car and is fully insured. All travelers need to do is leave their car in a designated area and confirm it's ready to go.

Who, Me?

Pothead gives himself away

A Connecticut man who told his probation officer he wasn't foolish enough to bring drugs into a courthouse actually was, authorities say. He had been hiding 19 bags of pot in his left sock, according to the authorities. They told the Advocate that Darren Shelley, 22, of Stamford reeked of marijuana when he met with his probation officer June 9. On Monday, Shelley was back in court for a hearing after being charged with possession with intent to sell.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: Finally taking the stage for his graduation 06/23/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 23, 2014 9:26pm]
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