An unexpected turn in a local news story brings a happy ending.
Talk about a scoop.
On Tuesday morning, the news crew from WMTW News 8 in Maine was covering a sensitive local story. Limington resident Robert McDonough, age 73, had been missing for more than 14 hours.
A 4-inch pencil was lodged in a 24-year-old's skull.
BERLIN (AP) — German doctors say a man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident.
Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a 4-inch pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket.
Disturbing the peace in a provincial German town: a colony of ants.
BERLIN (AP) — A 75-year-woman in the southwestern town of Offenburg called police at 3 a.m. Wednesday complaining that she couldn't sleep because her doorbell was always ringing.
Police said officers dispatched to investigate the cause quickly tracked down the culprit: an ant nest next to the doorbell.
An accusation of obscenity against a rock 'n' roll hit.
It was a citizen’s complaint that first called the FBI’s attention to “Louie Louie,” the rock 'n' roll staple that was a hit for The Kingsmen back in 1963.
In a letter of Feb. 7, 1964, addressed to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, an outraged parent (name withheld) exclaims, “My daughter brought home a record of ‘Louie Louie’ and I, after reading that the record had been banned from being played on the air because it was obscene, proceeded to try to decipher the jumble of words.
Evidence in the woods of Pennsylvania prompts a police investigation.
The 911 call came into authorities in Altoona, a small city in the Allegheny mountains of Pennsylvania.
Someone had proof of bigfoot.
A man had been walking on a path in the woods when he came upon the evidence. Mr. John Winesickle was convinced enough of his finding to call police and insist an officer investigate.
Winesickle shared his evidence: a series of photographs of enormous footprints clearly stamped in the mud, each big and deep enough to suggest a creature of monstrous size and weight. The officer was taken into the woods to see the tracks for himself.
The teen scratched "Ding Jinhao visited here" in Chinese on a temple wall in the ancient city Luxor.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese teenager who defaced an ancient temple in Egypt with graffiti has come under fire at home where his vandalism prompted public fretting about how to cultivate a good image overseas as more newly affluent Chinese travel abroad.
The teen scratched "Ding Jinhao visited here" in Chinese on a temple wall in the ancient city Luxor, and the incident came to light when another Chinese tourist posted a photo of it on a popular microblog with the comment: "My saddest moment in Egypt. Ashamed and unable to show my face."
The photo quickly caught the attention of the Chinese public, attracting thousands of comments, and someone was able to identify the person responsible for the graffiti as 15-year-old Ding Jinhao from the eastern city of Nanjing. Many criticized Ding's act as an embarrassment to the country.
Airlines, hotels and campgrounds are expecting to see more customers in 2013 than in the previous few summers.
NEW YORK — The forecast for summer travel, 2013: partly sunny.
Airlines, hotels and campgrounds are commanding higher rates and seeing more customers than a few summers ago, and luxury hotels are selling out. Local business people and state officials are optimistic.
But for a travel industry still stinging from the Great Recession, the best it can likely hope for is another summer of steady, but slow, recovery. The blockbuster crowds seen in 2007 have become a distant memory.
Republicans, especially, see our moral compass pointing south.
A Gallup poll released this week indicates that most Americans are very pessimistic about the future of the country’s moral values.
In the poll of 1,535 randomly selected adults, 72 percent said moral values in the country as a whole are getting worse. Twenty percent said values are getting better, and 6 percent said they are staying the same.
Each May, Gallup conducts a Values and Beliefs poll. This year’s poll marks few changes from 2012’s, indicating that Americans remain down on the future state of moral values. However, more respondents have a somewhat sunnier view than did a few years ago, when more than 80 percent thought values were in decline in the years 2006 through 2008.