Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

The skinny: Journalists in Jordan fight over Syrian War

A striking opinion

Journalists in Jordan fight over syrian war

Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally turned — and overturned — the table on each other during an on-air brawl. The program aired on Tuesday on the "Seven Stars" satellite television channel. It featured journalists Shaker al-Johari and Mohammad al-Jayousi talking about the 3-year-old war pitting rebels against President Bashar Assad's government, a conflict that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people. The two men, carried away by the debate, stood up and grabbed the edge of the studio table they had been seated at, and tried to fight each other.

Mannequin mistake

Commuter busted riding with dummy

A commuter heading into Boston had a real dummy along for the ride. State Trooper John Carnell was working a paid detail in Quincy on Thursday morning when he saw a vehicle enter the carpool lane on Interstate 93 north with a suspicious-looking passenger. Carnell pulled over the vehicle and found that indeed, the driver had propped up a jacket with a mannequin head on top in the passenger seat. The fake head even had a little mustache drawn on. Vehicles using the lane must have at least two occupants. The driver, whose name was not made public, has been issued a citation for operating on an excluded way.

Unique mascot

Rooster a hit at hardware store

A Dallas hardware store's unusual mascot is proving popular with customers. Prince George is a Buff Orpington rooster. He occupies a spot in the front of the Gecko Hardware Store. The store's co-owner Andrea Ridout says foot traffic went up noticeably on the weekends when customers realized the rooster likes the attention. Ridout says Prince George started ruling the roost when a little girl returned him after she learned he wouldn't become a hen.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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