Newspaper Apologizes for Obituary of Living Man
An English newspaper has apologized for publishing an obituary of a man who is still alive. The Northern Echo, based in North East England, reported a man named Charlie Donaghy, described as a lifelong fan of sports in the region, had died. The paper said they confirmed the “death” with three independent sources. In the apology, the paper wrote, “We are pleased to be able to report that Mr. Donaghy is alive and well” and “We removed the story from our website and social media channels as soon as we were made aware that it was incorrect.” The Echo’s staff wrote they “apologize unreservedly for our mistake, and for any understandable distress and devastation that was caused to Mr. Donaghy, his family and friends.”
Message in a bottle traveled nine years across Atlantic
A Massachusetts boy tossed a message in a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean when he was 10 years-old. Nine years later, the now 19 year-old man received a reply from a French man. Max Vredenburgh’s message said, “I’m 10 years old. I like apples, I like the beach. My favorite color is blue. I like animals. I like cars and I like outer space. Please write back.” The sealed bottle was tossed in the ocean at Long Beach in Rockport. A letter arrived at his parents’ house last month from G. Dubois, who said he found the bottle on a beach in France.
California Man Arrested for Eating Sandwich in Wrong Place
A man was handcuffed and detained by police for eating a sandwich on a train platform. Steve Foster was issued a citation for eating the sandwich while waiting for a train. In a viral video shot by Foster’s girlfriend, the police officer tells Foster, “You are detained and you’re not free to go.” The officer says eating on a BART train or platform is “a violation of California law.”
The man asks the officer why there is a store near the platform that sells food, and why are there no signs indicating that eating on the platform is illegal. Three other officers arrive and handcuff Foster before escorting him off the platform and issuing a citation for eating inside the paid area which is a violation of state law according to the police. Foster faces a $250 fine and 48 hours of community service for his citation.
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