Feeling the heat
Sun glare off building melts part of vehicle
Motorists may want to think twice about parking in front of the half-built London skyscraper known as the Walkie-Talkie. That's because the glare off the skin of the new building is so intense that at least one Jaguar owner says it caused part of his vehicle to melt. And that's not all: Locals say the building's heat also burned a hole in the welcome mat of a barber shop across the street. In a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they are taking the complaints seriously and looking into how the building reflects sunlight. The 37-story tower is expected to be completed in 2014. The apparent problem came to public attention when businessman Martin Lindsay told reporters that his Jaguar's mirror, panels and hood ornament had all melted from the concentrated sunlight reflected from the building. "It was parked for a couple hours in the city … and it's completely warped," he said. "It's absolutely ruined." The problem lasts about two hours a day and is expected to continue for another two to three weeks, developers said in a statement.
'Spanked' by the law
Man, 73, gets pot citation in Vermont
A 73-year-old man who was given the first civil marijuana ticket in a Vermont town says he had planted some seeds he found in a box and "got spanked" by police after it grew into a pot plant. William Reynolds was issued a $200 civil ticket by St. Johnsbury police after authorities seized a potted 2 ½-foot-tall marijuana plant from his Main Street apartment. Reynolds told the Caledonian Record he doesn't smoke marijuana and was "playing around" with the seeds he found.
Having fun with fruit
A record that mom could be proud of
In what's become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish. About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds. The salad was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool. A Guinness World Records representative certified the record. UMass in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.
Learning his lesson
Judge forces man into public apology
A man who threatened officers in Cleveland is making a court-ordered public apology by standing near a police station with a sign describing himself as an idiot. A judge had ordered 58-year-old Richard Dameron to stand outside a local police station with a sign bearing an apology. He began the vigil Monday and must stand outside for three hours each day for the rest of the week. Dameron was convicted of threatening officers in 911 calls.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.