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■ Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, who dur­ing a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Cen­ter in Florida was pho­tographed touch­ing a piece of equip­ment that bore a sign clearly stat­ing “DO NOT TOUCH,” was let off the hook by the space agency, which tweeted that ev­ery­thing’s OK be­cause they were plan­ning to clean the space­craft hard­ware any­way.

■ Khalt­maa Bat­tulga, a busi­ness­man and for­mer judo star from Mon­go­lia, was on track to win the coun­try’s pres­i­den­tial runoff election, tal­ly­ing more than half the vote and best­ing the rul­ing party’s can­di­date.

■ Young Min Bur­kett, a mu­nic­i­pal judge in Cor­pus Christi, Texas, who was re­moved from the bench af­ter of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered she was not a U.S. cit­i­zen, was sworn in as a cit­i­zen, mak­ing her el­i­gi­ble to be re­in­stated.

■ Jo­lene Jack­in­sky, who was with her 6-month-old daugh­ter re­cently at An­chor­age In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Alaska when she ran into a man she thought looked like Barack Obama, was sur­prised when the for­mer pres­i­dent ap­proached her and asked to hold her baby, a mo­ment she ea­gerly cap­tured on cell­phone.

■ Bill Hill­mann, 35, a writer who was gored in the second run­ning of the bulls dur­ing the San Fer­min fes­ti­val in Pam­plona, Spain, said his love for the spec­ta­cle hasn’t wa­vered and he plans to run again be­fore this year’s fes­ti­val is over.

■ Ch­eryl Al­biez, a spokesman for the Port Author­ity of New York and New Jer­sey, re­ported that about 40 di­a­mond­back ter­rap­ins crawled out of Ja­maica Bay and onto the air­field, caus­ing some flights to be de­layed while wildlife spe­cial­ists rounded up the tur­tles.

■ Steven Reid, 38, who robbed a 91-year-old woman of her jew­elry and then used her gold wed­ding ring to pro­pose to a woman sev­eral days later, was sen­tenced in the United Kingdom to four years and nine months for bur­glary.

■ Thomas Giglio, 39, was daz­zling the guests at his wed­ding in Massapequa, N.Y., with a pro­fes­sional-level py­rotech­nics dis­play in his back­yard, when the po­lice showed up and ar­rested him on a fire­works pos­ses­sion charge.

■ Jeff Devine, a Michi­gan state trooper who flagged down a 76-year-old woman rid­ing a slow-mov­ing scooter on the shoul­der of In­ter­state 75 near West Branch as she re­turned home from a shop­ping trip, is­sued her a warn­ing, then loaded the scooter into his pa­trol car and drove her the re­main­ing 3 miles home.

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