Mayor targets bull running after injuries
CAVE CREEK, Ariz., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A town mayor in Arizona says he wants a "running of the bulls" event to be re-evaluated following injuries last weekend.
Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia said he is asking officials to decide whether to allow the 2-year-old event to continue after two participants were hospitalized with serious injuries and at least six others sustained minor injuries Saturday, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
However, Francia said the town's options may be limited since the event, organized by promoter Phil Immordino, is held on private property owned by Collin "T.C." Thorstenson.
The mayor said he is in discussions with the town attorney.
"I'm not at peace that these types of injuries are taking place," he said. "The town is a de facto host of the event. Even though we're not sponsoring it, it takes place in our jurisdiction."
Organizers said about 2,500 people attending Saturday's "running of the bulls" and 600 people participated.
Immordino, who has been organizing events inspired by Pamplona, Spain's "running of the bulls" for five years and brought the tradition to Cave Creek two years ago, said prior to the event that he had brought in "bigger and badder" bulls in response to complaints that last year's rodeo bulls were too docile.
The organizer said participants understand the risks and sign waivers prior to the run.
Superheroes wash windows at Pa. hospital
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania window washing service sent a quartet of workers in superhero costumes to brighten windows and spirits at a children's hospital.
Edward Matuizek, president of Allegheny Window Cleaning Inc. in Springdale, said the company did not charge the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for Monday's window-washing by Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and Captain America, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Tuesday.
"This isn't about us. This is about them," Matuizek said.
"It's a nice place to work, but emotionally it's a real tough place to work. You go home and pick your own kids up, and there's a lot of gratitude there," he said of the hospital.
Matuizek said the scheme was suggested by his wife, who read about a similar stunt at a British hospital, and was given the go-ahead by Children's Hospital facilities director Elizabeth Munsch.
The costumed window washers were Rick Bollinger, 46, and Mark Errico, 26, both of Harrison; Ed Hetrick, 36, of Springdale; and Jim Zaremba, 43, of Lower Burrell.
"The kids were loving it," said Errico, who wore the Captain America suit. "Everywhere we went, they were coming in from different rooms."
Tire bucked by truck crashes through roof
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania State Police said a tire dislodged from an 18-wheeler on an interstate and collided with a car before crashing through a roof.
Police said the tire came off the truck about 9:30 a.m. Monday on Interstate 76 and slammed into a Honda Accord, causing the tire to become airborne and crash through the roof of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's Workforce Development Center, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.
Investigators said a passenger from the Accord was taken to a hospital for evaluation. They said it took some time to identify the driver of the tractor-trailer, but the man called state police when he noticed the tire missing upon arrival at his destination in New Jersey.
Cpl. Gerard McShea, public information officer for the state police, said the investigation is ongoing, but the driver is unlikely to face any charges.
"We're not really giving him a hard time. He actually called us," he said.
The housing authority said the tire caused a small gas leak that was soon repaired by a construction crew. A spokesman said the building was declared safe to enter Monday and the roof was expected to be repaired Tuesday.
Trapper using monkey to lure loose macaque
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Florida trapper said he will attempt to ensnare a monkey on the loose since January 2009 by presenting him with a potential friend.
Vernon Yates, who was hired by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to attempt to catch the elusive rhesus macaque in the Tampa Bay area, said 1-year-old monkey Doc will be placed in a custom-designed trap and will be given fruit to snack on, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.
"He's not a solitary creature; he's a social creature and he needs his own kind," Yates said. "If he sees another monkey in the cage eating, then he's going to assume that it's safe and hopefully he'll go in the cage and get trapped."
Yates said the method has previously proven effective in capturing chickens and roosters, but he has never tested it on a monkey.
Officials said efforts to capture the monkey were ramped up in recent weeks after it bit a woman.