Friday, July 25, 2014

Pit bull shows he's Ace

Pit bulls make unlikely heroes but one of the so-called devil dogs is being feted in Indiana.

The mutt managed to alert a deaf boy to a serious fire in his home by licking the sleeping boy's face until he woke up.

Nick Lamb, 13, told authorities that he was not wearing his hearing assistance implants while napping as fire began spreading through his Indianapolis home.

The pit bull, Ace, went into Nick’s room during the fire and licked his face.

Alone in the house, Nick covered his nose and mouth with his T-shirt and he and Ace fled the house. The boy was examined and released at the scene.

“We hear of dogs barking to wake someone up during a fire but not licking their face,” said Indianapolis Fire Department Captain Rita Reith

“This is a positive for the pit bull community."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

George's bosses shoulder the blame for work injury

By guest columnist Cleland Thom
Have you heard about George Shoun’s shoulder? No? Well you’re the only person in America who hasn’t.

George, from Elkhart County, Indiana, took his employer to court to protect his privacy. And now the whole country knows about it. Including you.

George injured that now famous shoulder working for Best Formed Plastics. He was off work for several months and asked for compensation.

His claim was handled by a colleague, Jane Stewart. And she turned out to be a pain in the neck by posting details of his injury on Facebook.

She compared his claim with another employee called Jimmy, and said: ‘Isn’t it amazing how Jimmy experienced a five way heart bypass just one month ago and is back to work - especially when you consider George Shoun’s shoulder injury kept him away from work for 11 months and now he is trying to sue us.’

So George sued the company for breach of confidence as well. He said the Facebook post caused him loss of employment, emotional distress, humiliation, and mental pain and suffering.

All that on top of that injured shoulder. Poor guy.

He even said that Ms Stewart … ‘acted with the intent to expose him to public scorn and ridicule and to blacklist him among prospective employers.’

He won his case. Best Formed Plastics will have to shoulder the blame. While George continues to blame the shoulder.

Cleland Thom is director of CTJT, who provide online journalism courses

Monday, July 21, 2014

Woman driver causes a splash at Ohio party

A woman driver literally crashed an Ohio party when her Jeep ploughed through a garden fence and plunged into a swimming pool.

According to emergency services, the 46-year-old woman first hit a parked car before smashing through the wooden fence of an apartment complex.

The Jeep splashed into the water, narrowly missing two swimmers and numerous guests standing nearby.

Party goer Christopher Sanford said: "I took a dive into the pool and when I hit the water, I was like ‘Oh man, that’s an awesome explosion I did.' Then, I turned around and there was a Jeep in the pool."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Driving them crazy: boy steals school bus for the second time

To lose one school bus may be considered as a misfortune but to lose two looks like carelessness. A school in Florida, is considering expelling a 12-year-old boy after he took a bus out for a spin for the second time in a month.

The boy was arrested this week after Franklin Country officers pulled over a stolen school bus that was being driven erratically.

Investigators said the adolescent thief first pinched his family's car but ditched it when he saw a school bus parked outside an elementary school.

The child will be charged with trespassing on school property, grand theft auto and burglary of conveyance. He also faces additional charges from the Springfield Police Department.

Bay District School officials say an expulsion hearing will be scheduled for the boy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gimme an H ... A ... T... E!

By guest columnist Cleland Thom
If you HATE professional cheerleaders (Or should that be: ‘Gimme an H … A … T … E?), this could be your big moment.

You can go online and tell them what to do with their pom-poms with impunity.

Some internet trolls tried it on the celebrity gossip website TheDirty.com

They claimed ex-Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader Sarah Jones was sexually promiscuous and infected people sexually transmitted diseases.

It’s not clear whether that was during her dance routines, or afterwards.

Sarah asked the site to delete the posts, but they refused. So she sued them and won $300,000 damages.

However, TheDirty.com appealed – and won. The court ruled they weren’t responsible for other people’s posts.

Sarah’s case wasn’t helped when she was jailed during the marathon legal battle … for sexually abusing a schoolboy.

Which probably gives another meaning to the cheerleading term ‘Peel-off’.

Cleland Thom is director of CTJT, who provide journalism courses

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Neighbours outraged as couple unveil 'Up' house

There goes the neighbourhood! A couple in Santa Clara, California, have outraged the other people in their street - by renovating their posh Victorian property to resemble the gaudy home in the animated movie 'Up'.

Never mind that the homes in the highly-prized street are more than 100 years old. Hosam Haggog and his girlfriend Fatima Rahman just wanted something his daughters would love.

'My girls love the movie 'Up' and we just thought we'd give them something fun to be proud of - and actually all the kids in the neighbourhood really love the colours,' explains Haggog.

But several adults in the neighbourhood are not in favour of the bright colors.

'I just don't think it fits in,' complains neighbour Lou Faria.

'It really, in my opinion, is atrocious that this Victorian house is a gracious old lady and it's being painted up to look like a clown.'

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Music festivals can damage your health, claim lawyers

By guest columnist Cleland Thom
Summer means music festivals. Dangerous places.

So dangerous that a firm of Washington state lawyers have published a safety guide for headbangers who get banged heads.

And they even invite them to get in touch if they want to sue the perp.

Messina Bulzomi Christensen, from Tacoma, warn of the following dangers at that music festival near you:

· Being struck by flying bottles and other objects

· Tripping and falling over unmarked obstacles

· Alcohol poisoning

· Drug overdoses

· Arrest for drug, alcohol, indecency and public order offences

Personally, I thought these were the only reasons you went. But hey, my last festival was Woodstock.

The firm’s spokesman said: ‘Festival organisers owe a duty of care to their attendees.

‘If you sustain a personal injury at their festival that could have been prevented had they been more responsible, you may be entitled to compensation.

‘If your injury was caused by another concert attendee, you may be able to bring a claim against him or her.’

The company advise music lovers to write down details if they’re injured, and contact a personal injury lawyer. Preferably them.

Their website adds: ‘MBC has handled many premises liability and recreational accident cases and can answer any questions you might have with regard to a music festival injury.’

Cleland Thom is director of CTJT, who provide online journalism courses