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Friday, June 30, 2006

Boater rescued twice in the same spot

Associated Press
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - For Barry Glinton, apparently lightning does strike twice in the same place. Glinton and three fishing buddies were rescued Wednesday evening after his 20-foot powerboat started taking on water about a mile off Boynton Beach, authorities said.

He was rescued from the same spot - by the same people - two years ago.

Glinton said his boat was hit by a wave that crashed over the stern Wednesday night. He called the U.S. Coast Guard from his cell phone. He did not have a GPS system or a VHF radio, so it took rescue crews a bit longer to locate him.

The men chatted as two officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission towed Glinton's boat to shore.

When Lt. John Reed mentioned that he and officer Paul Alber had made a similar rescue in the same spot once before, Glinton responded, "That was me."

"This gentleman got very lucky twice, but it doesn't look like he learned his lesson about boating safety after the first incident," Alber said. "Boaters should make sure their boats are in proper working order, that they have a VHF radio, a GPS system. It's just common sense."

Authorities said Glinton's boat was located within an hour, but only because it was a clear day on the water. Link

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School board flip-flops on flip-flops

Associated Press

The school board in this suburb between Seattle and Tacoma has flip-flopped on flip-flops. The board voted Tuesday to drop a proposed flip-flop ban on grounds that it would be impossible to enforce.

Two anti-flip-flop board members changed their minds after hearing appeals from parents and students. The panel had taken a preliminary vote on flip-flops two weeks ago.

"I don't see myself how flip-flops are disrespectful," Board President Evelyn Castellar said.
The dress code adopted Tuesday bans students from wearing slippers, pajamas, halter tops, any shirt that exposes the stomach, low-riding pants and any shorts or skirts that end higher than a student's fingertips when she is standing with her arms at her side. Link

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Woman auctions herself with her Ferrari

BERLIN (Reuters) - A woman living in Germany is auctioning off her red Ferrari Enzo sports car and including a little extra in the package -- herself.

The 26-year-old has invited bids on Internet auction site ebay starting at 1.25 million euros ($1.6 million). She said she was rich herself, liked her car and was looking for a man who could foot the bill for such a luxury.

"Only a millionaire could afford such a car," said the woman, who gave her name as Leila and said she once worked as a singer in Syria. "I want a man who doesn't like me just for my money."

Leila said she would meet with interested bidders but would need to see the bidder's passport and proof of capital. No bids have been made yet in the auction which ends in a week. Article Link

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Man pulls TV from house fire to watch soccer

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing soccer fan refused to let the small matter of his house burning down disturb his enjoyment of Tuesday's World Cup match between France and Spain.

A fire broke out in a hutong in the center of the Chinese capital at 3am local time Wednesday -- kickoff time in Hanover -- and gutted the traditional courtyard dwelling, the Beijing Daily Messenger reported.

"When the neighbors shouted 'fire!', I took my little baby and ran out in my nightclothes," the man's wife told the paper.

"My husband paid no attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under his arm.

"After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game."

The anti-social timing of the matches broadcast from Germany, which is six hours behind China, has forced some Chinese fans to go to great lengths to follow the action.

One man quit his job in Beijing to return to his hometown Chongqing so he could watch the whole tournament uninterrupted.

State news agency Xinhua reported that the 23-year-old's boss at the IT company had offered him a pay rise, but he turned it down flat, saying the World Cup was more important than his job.

The Guangzhou Daily reported that local police were forced to release a thief arrested for stealing a mobile phone when the victim refused to press charges because he did not want to miss the start of a match.

Although there are also many female World Cup fans in China, one man in the southeastern city had to sign a contract with his wife agreeing to do all the housework during the month of the finals so he could watch the matches at night.

Another from Putian, Fujian province, took a less diplomatic approach, Xinhua reported.

When his cheers during the Argentina-Ivory Coast match woke his wife and she switched off the television, he locked her in their bedroom and settled back down to watch the game ignoring her loud protests. Article Link

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Operation removes lightbulb from anus

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Fateh Mohammad, a prison inmate in Pakistan, says he woke up last weekend with a glass lightbulb in his anus.

Wednesday night, doctors brought Mohammad's misery to an end after a one-and-a-half hour operation to remove the object.

"Thanks Allah, now I feel comfort. Today, I had my breakfast. I was just drinking water, nothing else," Mohammad, a grey-beared man in his mid-40s, told Reuters from a hospital bed in the southern central city of Multan.

"We had to take it out intact," said Dr. Farrukh Aftab at Nishtar Hospital. "Had it been broken inside, it would be a very very complicated situation."

Mohammad, who is serving a four-year sentence for making liquor, prohibited for Muslims, said he was shocked when he was first told the cause of his discomfort. He swears he didn't know the bulb was there.

"When I woke up I felt a pain in my lower abdomen, but later in hospital, they told me this," Mohammad said.

"I don't know who did this to me. Police or other prisoners."

The doctor treating Mohammad said he'd never encountered anything like it before, and doubted the felon's story that someone had drugged him and inserted the bulb while he was comatose. Link

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