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Naked man causes traffic delays

SYDNEY, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in Australia said they arrested a naked man who caused traffic delays by running across a bridge and setting off fire hydrants.

A Sydney police spokeswoman said the naked man ran across the Sydney Harbor Bridge around 6 p.m. Tuesday and turned on "a number of fire hydrants" along the way, The (Sydney) Telegraph reported Wednesday.

"After a foot chase across the bridge he was apprehended,'' the spokeswoman said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for assessment. Authorities said there were lengthy traffic delays while emergency services were on the scene.


Worker's comp rejected for coffee punch

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- An Australian tribunal threw out a worker's compensation claim from a city worker who was punched by a colleague over a cup of coffee.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal threw out the claim by Michael Ralser, a worker at Canberra's Australian Taxation Office who was punched in the arm in December 2009 by colleague Dieter Tietz during an argument about the ownership of a cup of coffee at a Civic cafe, The Canberra Times reported Wednesday.

The tribunal said Ralser did not respond to the punch and the conversation resumed at the cafe, with the workers eventually leaving in a group.

However, the tribunal ruled Ralser, who filed an appeal with the tribunal after his claim was rejected by worker's compensation body Comcare, is eligible for worker's compensation due to a psychological condition he suffered in March 2010 that arose from his perception of being bullied.

The case was sent back to Comcare to determine the amount of compensation.


Boy, 9, raises more than $2K for Detroit

DETROIT, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A Detroit 9-year-old who set up a lemonade stand to benefit his struggling city presented an oversized check for $2,832.64 to officials, his father says.

Flynn Smith, father of lemonade entrepreneur Joshua Smith, said his son far surpassed the $1,000 goal he set when he first started selling lemonade July 30 and the actual money will be transferred electronically, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

"It's not really been about the money," said the boy's mother, Rhonda Smith. "It's been about his spirit being contagious and allowing people to know that we all can do something to change where we are. ... It's bigger than just making money for the city. It's about changing hearts and minds."

Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, who presented Joshua with the Spirit of Detroit Award last week, called the boy "a wonderful young man."

The boy also received a personal phone call last week from Mayor Dave Bing.

Flynn Smith said the money from Joshua's stand will be earmarked for parks and recreation.


Trojan distributes free vibrators in NYC

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The makers of Trojan Vibrations personal pleasure devices are distributing their wares for free on New York streets with a cart modeled after a hot dog vendor.

The company said its Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts will distribute a total 10,000 vibrators during the month of August.

"Research from The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University found that 53 percent of women and 45 percent of men have used a vibrator in their lifetime, indicating that vibrators have officially entered the mainstream," said Bruce Weiss, vice president of marketing, Trojan Sexual Health. "We're always looking for ways to advance this effort by fostering an open dialogue about sexual health and creating unique moments that get people 'buzzing' about sex and pleasure."

Weiss said the models being distributed free of charge are the Trojan Tri-Phoria Intimate Massager and the Trojan Pulse Intimate Massager.

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