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WOMAN FINED FOR CURSING AFTER BEING PICKED TO SERVE ON JURY
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — She ended up getting out of serving on a jury. But a Pennsylvania couldn't get out of a fine that was imposed on her for her reaction to being selected. The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1bQA4hF ) reports Kathleen Port became frustrated when she was picked to serve on a jury — and wasn't shy about letting that be known. She cursed out loud — a move that got the judge's attention. The judge said Port was "totally out of line" and gave her a lecture about how serving on a jury is a duty of being a citizen. Port apologized several times — but the judge let the fine stand. Port says she was upset because being on a jury would cause her to miss work and cost her money. The judge said Port could have claimed a hardship — but didn't. In the end, Port was also thrown off the jury, which was to hear an illegal weapons case.
CHRISTMAS IN JAIL?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has established a new Christmas tradition for one Ohio woman — one she probably isn't crazy about carrying on. The woman has been ordered to spend the next five Christmases in jail. The yuletide sentence is part of Betina Young's punishment for issuing state ID cards and driver's licenses to immigrants who entered the country illegally. Prosecutors say Young accepted payments from applicants to falsify records showing they had verified their immigration status. She has pleaded guilty. Young is on probation. But The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/17AzoIw ) the judge has ruled that she spend at least three days in jail each Christmas while on probation. If she violates probation she could go to prison for 15 years, during which time she's bound to miss a lot more holidays.
BRIDGE JUMPER LANDS ON MAN IN INNER TUBE
MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — A cool breeze. A comfortable ride. Some companionship with their significant other. That's what a man and his wife were expecting when they got on an inner tube to float under a bridge in Montana. One thing they didn't count on: a man jumping off the bridge and landing on top of the hubby. The man, Andy Hill, ended up with broken legs and torn ligaments in his knees when the man landed on him. He will likely spend the rest of the summer in a wheelchair or on crutches. The man who jumped helped swim Hill to shore — and repeatedly apologized. That may not be enough for authorities, who say the jumper could end up facing charges.
SEAL PUP MAY GET HELP
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A harbor seal pup may end up getting some help — and a new home — before the day is out. The pup was left abandoned on a beach in south Puget Sound in Washington state — and has been stuck for nearly a week. The head of an animal rescue squad says the agency is able to rescue harbor seals — and is now trying to get someone to pick it up. Meanwhile, officials at Wolf Hollow wildlife rescue on San Juan Island say they can give the seal pup a home if it is brought to them after the rescue. A woman who lives half a football field away from where the baby seal was stranded says she knows harbor seal moms often leave their pups on shore and return to feed them. But that didn't happen in this case.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HELP RESCUE DOG
TOFTE, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnetonka High School students have rescued a lost dog in northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The five teens were on a canoe trip this week when they saw a note scrawled on a rock at their island campsite, saying "Lost dog, call DNR." The boys eventually spotted the pooch, a Shetland sheepdog. But when they tried chasing him, the dog, Tomah got away. The following morning, the teens spotted the dog again — and this time caught him. They put him in a canoe and paddled him off to an eventual reunion with his owner.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:15:30 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:15:30 EST