Heart patient has 'miracle' recovery
NEW YORK, Ohio, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Teenager Michael Walker's failing heart recently found a way to begin beating on its own again in what New York doctors are calling a medical "miracle."
The New York Daily News said doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia are at a loss to explain how the 17-year-old's heart defied the bypass machine assisting it and began beating on its own.
"It's a miracle," cardiac surgeon Dr. Abeel Mangi said. "There's really no other way to put it."
Walker was jogging at his high school last month when he suffered a massive heart attack caused by a rare congenital heart flaw and was only kept alive by the bypass machine and CPR.
The "miracle" occurred while he was waiting for a heart transplant, and doctors later successfully repaired his damaged heart.
The teen's father, William Walker, offered his thanks for the amazing recovery that saved his son's life.
"God turned around, put his hand on my son, and recharged him," he told the Daily News. "If he wasn't a blessed child, I don't think he would have made it through this whole thing."
Fla. police find ATM in backseat of car
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- During a routine arrest of two suspected burglars in Florida, police were shocked to discover a stolen automated teller machine in the back of the duo's car.
When Jacksonville Beach police arrested John Kiedroski and Damien Shain Lee Saturday, they found very damaging evidence in the suspected burglars' car in the form of a stolen ATM, the Florida Times-Union reported.
Several Florida police departments had been working together to keep the suspects under surveillance and the two were arrested after allegedly robbing a Jacksonville Beach store.
It was then that police followed them to a home in nearby Atlantic Beach and located the store's ATM in the suspects' car.
The paper said as the men remain in custody, police are attempting to determine what other stolen items may be present at their home.
Neighbors sue over restaurant smells
NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Tenants of a New York City condominium building are seeking a court order to stop smells from a newly opened Subway restaurant from stinking up the place.
The condominium board accuses the sandwich franchise owned by Tae Hyun Shin of baking fresh bread that causes the building to be "inundated with strong and nauseating food odors," the New York Sun reported Monday.
The residents say the pungent smell in the lobby, basement and stairs of the Waterford Condominium is causing property values to plummet.
"Defendants have failed to abate the condition, thereby damaging the health and safety of the condominium's unit owners and employees," the suit says.
Shin said the condo board filed the suit before he could take steps to correct the odor ventilation after a woman complained to him.
"She's complaining. I say, 'Ok, I'll do something with a ventilation system," Shin said. "But it's not a sandwich; I cannot make it right away."
He said a ventilation system installed Saturday should prevent the odors from reaching the condo.
Washington residents target loud preachers
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A group of Washington residents are pushing for local officials to reduce the level of noise created by street preachers on Capitol Hill.
The effort is primarily aimed at a group called the Israeli School of Universal Practical Knowledge, which uses an amplifier to broadcast messages related to race and homosexuality from street corners, The Washington Times reported Monday.
"We can hear it in our homes; we can't open the windows," David Klavitter, a resident spearheading the effort to combat the noise level, told the Times. "It's disruptive to one's quality of life and to community vibrancy, not only for residents but for businesses as well."
The residents say their complaint relates only to the noise level and they are not seeking to stop the preachers from sharing their message, the newspaper reported.
"When someone can project their views two blocks into a residential community at rock-concert levels, it's not a matter of free speech," said Joseph Fengler, an advisory neighborhood commissioner. "It's a matter of the level of noise that they're projecting that becomes a problem."