TAKE THE DESK WITH YOU
One of the perks of being mayor of Bethlehem, Pa., is you get to take your desk with you when you go. The Allentown Morning Call reports outgoing mayors can, for a steeply discounted price, keep their office desks.
Former Mayor Don Cunningham in March left the office the same way he found it six years before -- devoid of desk, for which he paid $1,000 to the city, which paid $2,548 for it six years ago -- credenza, file and bookcase included.
Cunningham had said when elected in 1997 he wouldn't be taking his furniture with him when he left and would be happy to change the long-standing policy. He changed his mind, he said, thinking the desk would be a nice keepsake.
That creates a problem for interim Mayor James Delgrosso, who is stuck with an old metal desk with a Formica top that used to belong to city Parks and Public Property Director Charlie Brown. Delgrosso says if elected mayor he'll ask the practice be discontinued.
ALMOST LIKE A HOME OFFICE
University of Chicago meteorite experts Lawrence Grossman and Steven Simon live in the south Chicago suburbs but work on the Hyde Park campus downtown.
Usually they have to go to their lab to study rocks that have fallen from space, but at midnight last Wednesday, their work came to them.
"I heard a detonation," Grossman, a professor in Geophysical Sciences, said of the unexpected meteorite shower. "It was sharp enough to wake me up."
Simon, a senior research associate says much of the meteorite fell in his neighborhood and he spent the next day collecting information from area residents who brought samples of the meteorite to the police station.
BABY CAN'T WAIT FOR DIRECTIONS
There's a drawback to cell phones -- if you call 911 you get emergency service personnel from the area where you are located at that moment -- not necessarily the area where you want to go.
Such was the case near Denver, the Rocky Mountain News reports, as a frantic dad drove around trying to find Rose Medical Center. The baby couldn't wait for directions, however, and his wife delivered their child in the back seat of their car.
The baby and mom are fine and Greenwood Village Police officer Jeff Schierkolk said of the mom: "She's had two children, and she knew what to do. She was a pro. Dad was hysterical and Mom was pretty angry at him."
The baby arrived in Denver but the father's 911 cell phone call was routed to Greenwood Village because that's where he was at the moment he dialed.
CITY RED FACED OVER YELLOW RIBBONS
Brenda Freeman was showing her support for her 18-year-old son, Eric, who is a Marine in Iraq, when she tied yellow ribbons around a few hundred trees in Thousand Oaks, Calif, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The sentiment's from the 1973 Tony Orlando hit song, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree."
The city's Public Works Department was not amused and tore down the ribbons, saying Freeman had violated city rules forbidding signs and just about anything else that can be tacked onto a tree in a public right of way.
Angry residents jammed City Hall phone lines and harangued their council members, the Times reports. Freeman has since received an apology from Mayor Andy Fox, who blamed the de-ribboning on bad judgment by an overzealous city employee.