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ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

MAN SUES FITNESS CENTER

A New York City man is suing a Manhattan fitness center for $1.1 million for putting him through too vigorous a workout that allegedly caused kidney damage.

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Fred Widland says he wanted to get fit at New Year's, but he warned the fitness club he had not exercised for years, the New York Post reports.

He says the club put him into "an extremely rigorous session that was unsuitable" for his level of fitness, which caused him to become dehydrated and get a two-day headache.

He was diagnosed with "exertional rhabdomyolysis," the breakdown and release of muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream, which is toxic to the kidneys.


KINDERGARTNER BRINGS POT TO SCHOOL

Miami police are trying to determine if a 5-year-old knew the dried green particles that he sprinkled on his friend's lasagna was marijuana.

"Initially, the boy "may have said it was oregano," says Mayco Villafana, spokesman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "That's hard to confirm with a 5-year-old."

Villafana tells the Miami Herald the boy will not be charged, but the focus will be to determine what issues could have led to a child having a bag of marijuana in school.

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AIDE ACCUSED OF STEALING SERIES RING

Police arrested Leonardo Basilio, a nurse's aide, for grand larceny for allegedly stealing baseball memorabilia from Rudy Rufer.

Long Island police say many of Rufer's souvenirs, including a gold World Series ring and a ball signed by Sandy Koufax, have been recovered from Basilio, the New York Daily News reports.

Basilio was hired to help the 77-year-old former New York Giants ballplayer recuperate from cancer surgery.

Rufer joined the Giants in late 1949 and 1950 and batted .077, however, he helped tutor Willie Mays and became one of the first scouts to get a World Series ring, in 1959.


MEN, TEENS ALSO HARASSED

Sexual harassment is not just for women, according to University of Minnesota researchers.

Using surveys and intensive interviews with 700 men and women, the study authors find sexual harassment victims include women, men and adolescents.

"All women are at some risk of sexual harassment, but males are also likely to be targeted if they seem vulnerable and appear to reject the male stereotype," says study leader Christopher Uggen. "If a man refuses to go along with sexual joking, wears an earring to the workplace or is financially vulnerable, he could be targeted."

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The study, published in the American Sociological Review, finds one of every three women and one of every seven men reported they were sexually harassed by their mid-20s -- and most went unreported.

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