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Aug. 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Lawsuit: Braces left on for 11 years

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An Oregon 18-year-old is suing an orthodontist over permanent injuries he says were a result of wearing braces for 11 years.

Devin Bost's Multnomah County circuit court complaint against Brad Chvatal alleges the orthodontist caused injuries to his teeth, mouth and gums by having him wear braces for 11 years, ABC News reported Tuesday.

David Hollander, Bost's attorney, said the suit is seeking $35,100, the amount Bost had to pay for corrective oral surgery and other procedures, and $150,000 for pain and suffering.

Chvatal said he could not discuss the specifics of the case due to confidentiality rules, but the situation was "very complicated."

John Buzzatto, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, said braces are typically worn for 1 to 3 years. He said he "could not think of an instance" where someone would need to wear the braces for 11 years.


Bird feeder lands woman in court

HULL, Mass., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts woman's love of birds -- coupled with a tendency to overfeed them -- has run her afoul of the law, officials said.

Hull, Mass. town officials sought an injunction Monday against Gail Kansky, 71, arguing in court she has been constantly overfeeding swarms of birds, creating a public nuisance. The officials argued that Kansky's habit of frequently refilling a bird feeder has led to more than 100 birds taking up residence in the area, The Boston Globe reported.

Neighbors have complained the leftover bird feed has created a rat problem and the bird droppings regularly soil cars and homes in the area, a town lawyer charged.

A judge has given both sides two weeks to submit written arguments before making a ruling.

Kansky, though, isn't leaving her perch.

"I won't take down the bird feeder because I'm not wrong," she told the Globe.


Facebook's oldest user meets Zuckerberg

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A 101-year-old California woman, believed to be Facebook's oldest user, was treated to a tour of the company's headquarters and met co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Florence Detlor of Menlo Park paid a visit to the company's corporate office Monday and had her photo taken with chief executive officer Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday.

"Honored to meet Florence Detlor, who at 101 years old is the oldest registered Facebook user. Thank you for visiting us Florence," Sandberg said on her Facebook page.


Dog takes impromptu 50-mile train ride

GRAVESEND, England, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Members of a British family said they were shocked to hear their runaway dog hopped aboard a commuter train and turned up 50 miles away in London.

Jane Abbott, 47, of Gravesend, England, said her family's Jack Russell terrier, Frankie, vanished from her home and apparently boarded a train about two miles away. He was spotted aboard the train at the King's Cross station in London, about 50 miles from her home, The Sun reported Tuesday.

Staff members called the number on the dog's collar, and a stunned Abbott and her daughter, Stephanie, 22, spent $93 on rush hour tickets to retrieve Frankie from London.

"I was distraught that he went for free when we had to cough up cash," Abbott said. "I would love to see the CCTV footage of that trip -- it would be a YouTube sensation. What we don't understand is why Frankie chose rail as he's never been on a train before."

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