Art imitates art
Ap: Zimmerman painting copies our photo
The Associated Press has demanded that George Zimmerman halt the sale of one of his paintings because the news agency says it directly copies an AP photo. Zimmerman's painting depicts Jacksonville-based prosecutor Angela Corey holding her thumb and fingers together. An apparently made-up quote Zimmerman added to the piece reads, "I have this much respect for the American judicial system." Corey's office prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder last summer. "George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey," AP spokesman Paul Colford said in a written statement.
Baby born on sled on side of the road
A Philadelphia woman is going to have quite a story to tell her daughter about the day she was born. Bella Sophia Bonanni was born on a sled about 6 a.m. Wednesday in the city's Roxborough neighborhood. "I woke up with contractions, they were about 10 minutes apart. So we thought we had plenty of time to go to the hospital," mom Shirley Kim Bonanni told WPVI-TV. By the time she showered and was ready to go, the contractions were too quick and too strong for her to walk. Her husband couldn't drive up their steep, hilly street, so Fabian Bonnani put his wife in their toddler's plastic sled and began pulling her to the car. But the baby wouldn't wait. With the help of neighbors and a 911 dispatcher providing instructions for Fabian Bonnani, 7 lb. 9 oz. Bella was born on the roadside.
Power of the dollar
Utah student pays tuition in $1 bills
A University of Utah student says he paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills as a silent protest against the rising cost of college. Luq Mughal brought a metal case full of greenbacks to the school Tuesday, the deadline for payment. He says he collected the cash from several banks. Mughal tells the Salt Lake Tribune he spends weekends working to pay for his electrical engineering degree. The 21-year-old says he gets a discount because his father is a faculty member and acknowledges his situation is far from the worst on campus.
Cemented in history
Concrete mishap closes subway line
It's a mishap that will cement itself in London transit lore. A major line on the London Underground was largely shut down Thursday after fast-setting concrete leaked into signaling equipment. Subway operator Transport for London initially identified the cause of the problem on the Victoria Line as "flooding." But London Underground said contractors working on a new station had leaked water and cement into a signal control room, damaging equipment. Most of the line was shut, but service was returned to normal on Friday.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.