Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has proposed the government ban children in day care centers from blowing out candles on birthday cakes. Council members say blowing out candles spreads germs. They recommended that if children insist on blowing out candles they be given a cupcake with a candle to blow out.
A state audit has found California school systems have been dipping into funds meant to provide meals for low-income students and spending that money elsewhere. The biggest offender was the Los Angeles Unified School District, which used about $159 million in school lunch money to pay for things such as lawn sprinklers and the salaries of employees at a TV station it runs.
Customs officials nabbed Robin Hall when she returned to the United States following a Caribbean cruise. They had checked the ship’s passenger list against federal databases and found she’d never completed the 50 hours of community service she’d been sentenced to for a 1991 misdemeanor theft conviction. She ended up spending seven days in a Florida jail. I feel so much safer.
Donald Settle, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S Army, is suing the Louisville, Ky., police department for assault and wrongful detention. Settle, who has a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, suffered a brain injury from an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Because of that, he has difficulty speaking. Settle says he was in a local mall shopping when officers approached him and told him the mall did not allow panhandling. Settle says he was dressed in a sweatshirt and sweat pants and the officers must have mistaken him for a homeless man. He said he tried to explain who he was and why he was there, but the officers pushed him to the ground, handcuffed him and threatened to Taser him.