No driver's license after crash into canal
POMPANO BEACH, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old Florida resident failed to get her driver's license after crashing a car she was driving in the parking lot of a driving test agency.
Pompano Beach, Fla., spokeswoman Sandra King said the unnamed woman was driving her neighbor's taxi around the parking lot of the testing agency Wednesday when she went off the pavement and through surrounding bushes.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the taxi ended up partially submerged in the Pompano Canal and the taxi owner had to rescue her.
A tow-truck was used to remove the taxi.
The woman did not get her driver's license, said King.
Buffalo wings bettered by beef on 'weck
BUFFALO, N.Y., June 22 (UPI) -- The city of Buffalo, N.Y., is known in North America for chicken wings, but a local sandwich known as beef on 'weck can't be recreated anywhere else.
While the popular variety of Buffalo wings was created in 1964, the beef on a 'weck sandwich dates back to the late 1800s when a German baker came to the city with a recipe for a kummelweck, a kaiser-like roll with pretzel salt and caraway seeds baked onto the top. It is soft and chewy on the inside and firm on the outside. Thinly sliced rare roast beef is piled into it, topped with strong horseradish.
The Chicago Tribune said the Windy City has one restaurant that sells the sandwich, but a writer's comparison said the bun just wasn't the same as those in Buffalo.
Gene Staychock, the owner of Schwabl's, a very old Buffalo restaurant known for its beef on 'wecks, agreed with the Tribune.
"I don't care where you go in the country, no matter how good the bakery, they just can't get it," Staychock said. "You just can't find them outside western New York."
Hundreds turn green for 'Wicked' tickets
CHICAGO, June 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of women painted their faces green and converged dressed as witches in a Chicago park for a chance at free tickets for the musical, "Wicked."
The producers of the hit Broadway musical offered 365 free pairs of tickets on a first-come, first-served basis to those who dressed up as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West midday Wednesday.
Organizers said about 500 hopefuls showed up, and those who didn't get tickets got show memorabilia, The Chicago Tribune reported. A group of Western Michigan University theater students had camped out in costume for about 13 hours to be first in line, the report said.
The priciest tickets for the show are $85.
The show is about two witches in Oz before Dorothy ever arrived to meet the Wizard of Oz. It tells how green-skinned Elphaba and a beautiful friend become friends and evolve into the Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good Witch.
Man kills attacking gator, given warning
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- Florida officials issued a warning to man after he saved his neighbor from an alligator attack by shooting it in the head.
Sky Budin received a call early Tuesday morning from Kimberly Jackson. She said an alligator was hissing at her three dogs on her Loxahatchee, Fla., horse farm.
Budin came over with his 9mm handgun and put two bullets in the 5-foot alligator's head, the Palm Beach Post reported.
He said he doesn't like hurting animals but when he saw Jackson fending the gator off with a pitchfork he had to act.
"It was him or us," he said.
A trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission retrieved the alligator but gave Budin a warning.
Commission spokeswoman Dani Moschella said if Budin hadn't killed the gator right away it would have gotten angry and attacked.