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Paul Hoffman died he was , 49, an Author And Former Reporter at Post – New York …

Paul Hoffman, an author and former newspaper reporter, died Monday of injuries suffered in a fire in his Greenwich Village apartment on Saturday.
He was 49 years old.
Mr. Hoffman worked for The New York Post from 1962 to 1969, covering courts and politics and serving as the newspaper’s Albany correspondent. He went on to write several nonfiction books.
Before working for The Post, Mr. Hoffman was employed by the City News Bureau in Chicago from 1958 to 1960, United Press International in Detroit from 1960 to 1961, and Stars and Stripes in New York City in 1962.
He is survived by his parents, William and Miriam Hoffman of Chicago, and a sister, Nancy Levant of Rochester.


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Ambulance drivers ‘decided dying man was not worth saving’

Two ambulancemen have been arrested by police after they were heard allegedly discussing whether they should bother to resuscitate a disabled man who had collapsed at home and subsequently died.
Barry Baker, 59, who lived alone, had dialled 999 saying that he thought he was having a heart attack. An ambulance was sent to his house while a controller kept him talking on the line.
By the time the ambulancemen arrived at the house in Patcham, Brighton, Mr Baker had collapsed, but the telephone line was still open and was being recorded.
It is alleged that staff in the control centre heard the two medics making disparaging comments about the state of the house.
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A police source, who asked not to be named, said that the ambulancemen were then heard discussing Mr Baker and saying “words to the effect that he was not worth saving”.
The source said that the two men were allegedly first heard commenting on the untidy state of the house and then saying that it was not worth bothering to resuscitate Mr Baker.
They are said to have discussed what to tell ambulance control and decided to say that Mr Baker was already dead when they got there.
The controllers were said to be so shocked by what had allegedly been said that they contacted senior managers, who called the police.
“Obviously the crew did not realise that the phone was still connected and, of course, the 999 call was recorded on tape,” the source said.
“The tape recording of what the paramedics allegedly said has been handed over to the Sussex Police Major Crime Team as evidence.”
Sussex Police confirmed that two men had been arrested and that a full-scale investigation into the incident was being carried out by the major crime team. more


Angry man convicted of traffic ticket order to spend time in jail for spitting on floor

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) – A northern Idaho man convicted of a traffic violation in Bonner County was ordered to spend two days in jail after he spit on the courthouse floor in anger. First District Court Judge Justin Julian found 59-year-old Daniel Malone in contempt on Wednesday.
Julian said the man glared before “maliciously expelling a large amount of saliva” onto a carpet in the courthouse hallway. Earlier in the day, the judge found Malone guilty of failing to obey a stop sign in September.
He was ordered to pay a $75 fine.
Malone said he is innocent of the traffic violation and suggested the judge should show mercy because it was Christmas Eve. Julian told Malone there was no excuse for his behavior.
Malone was released from jail on Friday.


Bank apologizes for Billion dollar overdraft error

IRVINE, Scotland, Dec. 30 (UPI) — A Scottish man said his bank has apologized after his online statement showed his account was overdrawn by $145 billion.
Donald Moffat, 38, a full-time student and part-time care worker, said his account with bank Barclay’s showed two withdrawals Tuesday morning of about $72 billion each, the BBC reported Tuesday.
“We knew we still had quite a bit left in the account as we checked last night before we went out,” Moffat said Tuesday. “This morning I went out to get a few things, then, when I came back, my account was overdrawn by that amount.”
Moffat said the bank apologized, blaming a “technical error” for the mistaken statement. He said the bank offered him $14 in compensation for the phone calls he made to resolve the matter.
Barclay’s said the problem was not limited to Moffat’s account.
“Earlier today a technical error caused some customer accounts to be incorrectly debited,” the bank said in a statement. “The problem was immediately identified and corrected within less than an hour, and all affected customer accounts are now showing correct balances.”


Girl robbed during epileptic fit

Police want to speak to a woman seen on CCTV after the theft
A teenager had her bag stolen by a woman as she lay on the floor suffering an epileptic fit in a busy Lancashire shopping centre.
The 17-year-old girl collapsed in St George’s Shopping Centre at Friargate in Preston city centre.
As she lay on the floor a woman took the girl’s white carrier bag, containing about £25 worth of items.
Police have described the theft as “callous” and have issued a CCTV image of woman they want to speak to.
Full recovery
The girl made a full recovery after the incident on Christmas Eve.
Pc Paul Brookes, of Lancashire Police, said: “For someone to steal this young lady’s bag as she lay suffering from an epileptic fit displays a particular callousness.
“I would appeal for anyone who knows the lady pictured on the CCTV stills or who has any other information about this incident to get in touch with us.”
The woman was described as being white, in her late 40s, of medium build, and was wearing a three-quarter length white or cream jacket and black trousers.


Drunk Man

A man walks out of a bar totally hammered, only to be greeted by a snobby woman. She takes one look at him. “You, sir, are drunk!” “And you ma’am, are ugly. But when I wake up, I will be sober!”


Turtle humor

A turtle was walking through the park when two snails attacked, punched, kicked, and stole his wallet. The police arrived and asked, “What happen to you, were you attacked, were you robbed?” The turtle on his back, bruised, with one eye shut, said “I don’t know officer, it happen so Fast”


Pick pocket

A pick pocket was pronounced guilty and sentenced to 8 months jail term with an option of $200 fine by the judge. His defense lawyer knowing that his client could not pay the fine, pleaded with the judge asking; “Your honor, my client can only afford $50, but if you allow him a few minutes in the crowd …


Did you know that a An ostrich’s eye is bigger that its brain?

Did you know that:

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

Porcupines float in water.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger that its brain.


Minn. man accused of breaking into his own home

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — A 19-year-old Hutchinson man was arrested after allegedly breaking into his own home and stealing a car, jewelry, some money, and other items. Police said he allegedly lured his other family members away Friday afternoon by making a dinner reservation for them in Chanhassen. Then, while they were away, he broke into the garage and house, grabbed the booty, and took off in the car.
Police sid their investigation revealed a connection to Duluth, so they notified St. Louis County authorities, and he was arrested later that night by police in Duluth.
He’s was in the McLeod County jail, awaiting possible burglary and auto theft charges


Flight attendant attacked by unstable passenger

The U.S. attorney for Nebraska said Wednesday he is still waiting on reports from the FBI about an unstable passenger aboard a Continental Air Express commuter jet who attacked a flight attendant.
The jet was heading from Houston to Omaha last Friday when a middle-aged man left the plane’s lavatory after about 40 minutes covered in his own feces.

“Oh, it was awful. It was worse than that.” Stacey, from Houston, who asked that we not use her last name, says the plane had just one flight attendant in the cabin, a young man who moved the other passengers forward to empty seats and kept the unkempt passenger in the back row.
The flight attendant asked the passenger to go back into the lavatory and clean up.
“I hear all of this ruckus and this yelling and I kind of turned around and the poor flight attendant is on his back and the guy is like punching him and I’m like, oh my gosh. It’s almost like a scene out of a movie. There were two male passengers behind me that got up and kind of got the guy off of him. The poor steward, he’s got a black eye, his eye’s swelling. I felt so sorry for him.”
The injured attendant, with help from the passengers, got the unruly passenger buckled in and calmed down for the landing at Eppley Airfield, which took place without incident an hour later. The airline will not comment on the attendant’s condition, but we understand he will be okay.
Sources tell Channel 6 News the man resides at a care facility in Iowa and was returning from a Christmas holiday trip alone, completing a trip from Chicago to Houston and then Omaha.
The U.S. attorney says the man was not arrested, but detained at the airport by authorities until picked up by trained professionals from the care facility in Iowa. more


bringing in the new year


Teacher Fired for Marrying Divorced Man to Sue Catholic School

A San Antonio teacher plans to sue her former employer, a Catholic high school, saying she was fired for marrying a man who had been divorced, a proceeding not recognized by the Catholic Church, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday.
Marquis LaFortune, 25, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after her Nov. 22 ceremony. She claims that once the school found out her fiancé had been divorced, Deacon Patrick Cunningham told her she had three options: seek an annulment, resign or be fired.
“I would have resigned if I’d felt like I’d done something wrong,” LaFortune told the Express-News last week. “I couldn’t get out of bed. It’s just been this cloud. It was supposed to be the best week of my life, and I had to pull myself together for the ceremony.”
Central Catholic High School said federal law upholds the institution’s decision.
“We have very clear policies on what we expect from Catholic people on our faculty, and there has been a violation of that,” Brother Peter Pontolillo told the Express-News. “When a person does something that is obviously contrary to everything that our Catholic school stands for, we cannot just look through our fingers.” more


Who said that crime doesn’t pay?

Crime shouldn’t pay but in the case of perverted Plattsburgh politico predator George “Chris” Ortloff, he will reportedly collect a $53,000 a year pension for the rest of his life, courtesy of the state taxpayers, even while he’s serving a minimum sentence in federal prison after admitting that he used the Internet to attempt to engage in sexual acts with girls he believed to be 11 and 12 years old.
Ortloff, 61, a former 10-term Assemblyman from Plattsburgh and most recently a commissioner on the state Parole Board, pulling down an annual salary of $101,600, was arrested in the nude on Oct. 13 at a Colonie motel where he thought he was meeting the pre-teen girls. He pleaded guilty this week to a single felony count to avoid being indicted and to gain his release until sentencing.

Police said that between June of 2008 and his arrest on Oct. 13, Ortloff had been communicating over the Internet with an undercover investigator with the New York State Police, trying to set up a sexual liaison in Albany although he believed he was communicating with the girls’ mother. The “mother” was actually an undercover investigator assigned to the New York State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Albany.

Ortloff could be sentenced up to life in prison when he returns to federal court on April 23, after posting a $100,000 bond and released so he could be home for Christmas. The minimum term he must serve, unless there’s some sweetheart deal, is 10 years during which the state will pay him over a half million dollars. more


Chronic 911 caller charged with harassing authorities

A Tamaqua man who had more than 100 contacts with police in the past two years faces charges of harassing authorities with calls about a rock in his yard being moved 4 inches, pool water ruining his grass and children making noise.David W. Roeder, 51, of 130 W. Spruce St. should face single counts of persistent disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person, District Judge Stephen J. Beyer of Tamaqua ruled. Beyer dismissed a count of harassment by communication.Beyer’s ruling came exactly two years after Tamaqua Police Chief Dave Mattson, then a patrolman, advised Roeder in writing “to cease and desist the nonsense calls to the station and 911 center.”In an arrest affidavit, police say they brought the charges after years of warning Roeder against making phone calls to Schuylkill County Communications Center without a legitimate complaint. His calls tied up emergency telephone lines and operators and kept police officers from responding to legitimate police calls, the affidavit says.


Court Strikes Down Sex Offender’s 28-Year Sentence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ―
A federal appeals court has ruled that a convicted sex offender’s 28-year prison sentence for failing to properly update his home address with authorities was too harsh.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered a lower court to reconsider the punishment of Cecilio Gonzalez. He was handed the lengthy term under California’s three-strikes law, which requires a minimum prison sentence of 25 years after a third violent or serious felony conviction.Gonzalez had failed to check in with authorities five days after his birthday. Sex offenders are required to update authorities annually of their home addresses.The appeals court said that failure to update his Burbank address was a technical violation and didn’t count as a third strike.


Staff at hospital which ignored dying man for six hours while nurses posed for calendar shoot

Smiling for the camera, these are staff at the hospital where a dying man was not seen for six hours – posing for a calendar in which they mock waiting times.
Stewart Fleming, 37, was left doubled up in agony despite arriving in casualty with a letter from his GP saying he needed immediate attention.
After he was finally seen on December 15, he rapidly deteriorated. He died two days after Christmas from a viral illness.

Fooling around: But staff might now regret joking about waiting times at the hospital in their charity calendar

Cardiology assistant practitioner Leanne Thomas dressed up as Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson
Yesterday, his family questioned the hospital’s decision to release the charity calendar.
Mr Fleming’s sister-in-law, Lesley Mavin, 39, said that she did not want to criticise efforts to raise money for a good cause.
However, she added: ‘Their main job is to be a hospital.’
The calendar was launched at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent on December 17, and features doctors and nurses dressed up as stars from Fawlty Towers, Baywatch, Open All Hours and Pirates of the Caribbean.
In one picture a nurse and two medics pose next to a sign that reads: ‘Waiting time 26.5 seconds!’. more


72 year old man jumps from second-floor window and extinguishes fire

A 72-year-old Batavia man this morning jumped from the second-floor of his townhouse, broke open a first-floor window and single-handedly extinguished a fire, according to the Batavia Fire Department.Firefighters were called to Walden Estates, an apartment complex at 337 Bank St., about 3:40 a.m. and arrived to find that the male tenant in Apt. 5 had already extinguished the fire, said Batavia Fire Chief Tom Dillon.The 72-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman were sitting in the living room, covered in soot at that time, he said. Firefighters helped the couple exit the townhouse. more


These Wacky Laws Still on the Books in America

From changing the color of baby chicks to shooting effigies to properly honoring the glory of the log cabin, Americans have spent valuable legislative hours throughout the years making sure we’re on the straight and narrow.
As a New Year arrives, here are 10 wacky laws that remain on the books across the country:
1. In Billings, Mont., it is illegal for anyone to sell, harbor or give away rats as pets or toys for any purpose other than to feed snakes or birds of prey. Scientists, however, can keep lab rats.
2. Using profanity is against the law on playgrounds and in public parks in Columbia, Md.
3. The last Sunday in June each year is Log Cabin Day in Michigan.
4. In Michigan, it is legal to kill a dog for attacking chickens, livestock or people, but you can’t snuff the pooch in a high altitude decompression chamber or by electrocution.
5. In West Virginia, anyone who taunts someone who decides not to participate in a duel or who declines to accept a challenge is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be sent to jail for up to six months and fined up to $100.
6. In Kentucky it is illegal to sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits that have been dyed or colored. It is also illegal to dye or color baby chicks, ducklings, fowl or rabbits. And unless they are at least two months old, the aforementioned animals must be sold in batches of six. more

Masked man tries to rob car wash but gun falls apart

PORTLAND, Ore. — A man who robbed a northeast Portland car wash is on the loose and police are asking for the public’s help apprehending him.
Police said a masked man robbed the Washman Carwash on NE 81st Avenue Saturday morning, Dec. 13, but his gun fell apart in the middle of the heist.
Surveillance cameras caught the bungled robbery on tape.
The suspect approached Washman employee Chris Truax, who was dressed that day as Santa Claus, at about 10:45 a.m. The robber then pulled a gun from underneath his sweatshirt and demanded money.
He then dropped his gun and it fell apart, police said.
“Right when he pulled it out the top piece of the gun came off and you could see an exposed spring, white plastic, so I knew it wasn’t a real gun,” Truax said. more


Who said that crime doesn’t pay?

Crime shouldn’t pay but in the case of perverted Plattsburgh politico predator George “Chris” Ortloff, he will reportedly collect a $53,000 a year pension for the rest of his life, courtesy of the state taxpayers, even while he’s serving a minimum sentence in federal prison after admitting that he used the Internet to attempt to engage in sexual acts with girls he believed to be 11 and 12 years old.
Ortloff, 61, a former 10-term Assemblyman from Plattsburgh and most recently a commissioner on the state Parole Board, pulling down an annual salary of $101,600, was arrested in the nude on Oct. 13 at a Colonie motel where he thought he was meeting the pre-teen girls. He pleaded guilty this week to a single felony count to avoid being indicted and to gain his release until sentencing.

Police said that between June of 2008 and his arrest on Oct. 13, Ortloff had been communicating over the Internet with an undercover investigator with the New York State Police, trying to set up a sexual liaison in Albany although he believed he was communicating with the girls’ mother. The “mother” was actually an undercover investigator assigned to the New York State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Albany.

Ortloff could be sentenced up to life in prison when he returns to federal court on April 23, after posting a $100,000 bond and released so he could be home for Christmas. The minimum term he must serve, unless there’s some sweetheart deal, is 10 years during which the state will pay him over a half million dollars. more


Man who helped start free shuttle accused of driving drunk

Oconomowoc – A business leader who helped launch a free shuttle program to prevent drunken driving is facing charges that he drove under the influence on a night the shuttle was available.
Robert John Manders, a used-car dealer who donated a vehicle for the shuttle service known as LIMOS, was arrested Dec. 13 while heading home from a Christmas party, according to a criminal complaint obtained Tuesday.
It would be his third drunken-driving conviction, following incidents in 1990 and 1999, if he is found guilty.
The Waukesha County district attorney’s office alleges that Manders failed a sobriety test after he was stopped while driving a vehicle emblazoned with the shuttle program’s logo.
“I realize I made a mistake,” the 47-year-old business owner said Tuesday.
Conceding that he thought about calling the shuttle service for a ride home that night, Manders said he did not think he was too intoxicated to drive.
“I’m sorry about the situation,” he said. “It should be no reflection on the program.”
Launched under the name LIMOS, which stands for Late-night Initiative Making Oconomowoc Safe, the program has served hundreds of tipsy motorists who needed transportation in western Waukesha County in the past two years. more