In the news, from clones to clownsWritten by Andrew Z | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are this week’s most talked about stories:
10. Is there any medication you can give a kid to ease cold symptoms? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory for parents and caregivers, recommending that over-the-counter cough and cold products should not be used to treat infants and children less than 2 years of age. The advisory warns serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur, including death. So if you’re asking if there’s any medication you can give a little kid to ease cold symptoms, no, there’s snot.
9. U.S. firm says it used cloning to create human embryos. Scientists at a U.S.-based private research firm say they have developed five human embryos using cloning technology. The good news is that all five embryos are from Michael Jordan, guaranteeing Olympic gold for U.S. basketball for the next 50 years!
8. Local pizza delivery man fights robber. For the third time this month, a pizza delivery guy is robbed in a central Toledo neighborhood, and this time the victim fought back. After the suspect ran away with a handful of cash, the victim chased down the robber and said he actually hit him with his car. The robber got up and ran away. Investigators are still looking for the suspect. The minimum-wage pizza delivery guy not only didn’t get a tip, but has to pay a $500 deductible for the damage to his Ford Tempo.
7. City Council votes to allow city to maintain management of the Erie Street Market until end of April. The Erie Street Market will remain open through at least April. Toledo City Council has passed legislation that gives the mayor’s office until then to come up with a long-term business plan. The mayor had asked for six months. The plan will likely include an exit strategy. Maybe when they’re done with that exit strategy, they can send it to the White House!
6. Dozens in Texas town report UFO. Dozens of residents in a rural Texas town reported sightings of a UFO. Several dozen people, including a pilot, county constable and business owners, insist they have seen a large silent object with bright lights flying low and fast. Some reported seeing fighter jets chasing it. So, as far as 2008 being the year that rural Texas finally sheds its hayseed image and gains the respect of the rest of the nation … don’t count on it.
5. North American International Auto Show opens in Detroit. Tens of thousands of people crowded into the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit for the first day of this year’s North American International Auto Show. More than 700,000 people are expected to visit the auto show in Detroit over its eight-day public run. More than 700 vehicles are displayed. GM, Ford and Chrysler hope to sell all 700 vehicles this calendar year!
4. Wanted Marine possibly flees to Mexico. Where in the world is Marine Corporal Cesar Armando Laurean? If you believe his friends, he told them he would head south of the border to Mexico to avoid being convicted of raping Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, whose burned, pregnant body was found in a firepit in his backyard. This story still has people talking.
3. Fed Chairman Ben “Banky” Bernanke endorses swift stimulus package. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified on Capitol Hill that America’s economy is slowing and that a short-term economic stimulus package, such as the president has proposed, would be beneficial to spur growth. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan came out of his house and saw his shadow — that means six months of recession.
2. Mitt Romney wins Michigan primary. Mitt Romney got his first major primary victory when he needed it the most — in his boyhood state of Michigan. Romney won the Republican primary with 39 percent of the vote. It’s only fitting that the guy wins the state that looks like his first name!
1. Three people die in possible drunken-driving accident. Three people are dead, one of them an eight-year-old boy, in an accident in Jerusalem Township. One pickup truck crossed over and hit another head-on. The Ohio Highway Patrol said the driver of one pickup, who died, was legally drunk. Two others were injured and taken to area hospitals. Did you know that in the last three months, at least half of fatal accidents in Lucas County have involved alcohol? Don’t ruin your life — or anyone else’s. Get a designated driver!
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