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Police: Buttocks wound prompts drug charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A 42-year-old Florida man faces drug charges after being shot in the buttocks by an unknown assailant.

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Police in Jacksonville said that after Charles Thompson was shot Friday, a bag of marijuana fell from one of his pant pockets after they were removed by paramedics, The South Florida Times-Union reported.

The paramedics had removed Thompson's pants to reach his buttocks wound and had handed the clothing over to the responding police officer.

Thompson was immediately rushed to a hospital for surgery.

Witnesses told the newspaper Thompson appeared to be talking to the man who shot him before gunfire erupted.


LEGO competition environmentally friendly

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A LEGO competition at the University of Colorado-Boulder this weekend not only taught participants how to build but also how to be environmentally friendly.

The eighth annual FIRST LEGO League competition embraced an environmental theme this year and drew more than 1,000 elementary and middle-school students as participants, The Denver Post reported.

Each team was required to use a LEGO robotics kit to create tools to complete five missions.

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The tasks included having teams lasso miniature oil barrels in a simulated environmental crisis.

Energizing Energizers team coach Christina Stephens, whose team represented the only all-girl group in Saturday's event, said the solutions had to remain environmentally sound.

"But you can't get anything in the water because that would be polluting," Stephens, whose team won the event, told the Post.


Boy sues to retake test

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old boy is suing to retake an entrance test for an elite New York school because he says boisterous students distracted him.

"Several test takers that were sitting near me spoke loudly, laughed, giggled and sang," Barry Tessler said in the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Tessler said he spent his summer preparing for the Oct. 27 entrance exam to Staten Island Tech. He was unable to finish the exam and left in tears because the proctor was unable to control the other children, The New York Post reported.

Tessler last week sued the city Department of Education when his father, Akiva Tessler, an administrative judge with the State Liquor Authority, failed to convince school and DOE officials to let his boy have a do-over, the Post reported.

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Man sues for lost finger

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A New York man is suing Bellevue Hospital for losing his finger and then charging him $3,000 in medical expenses, The New York Post reported.

Efraim Rivera, 30, had his finger cut off last February in an argument in Brooklyn. Police and paramedics packed the finger on ice and took it and Rivera to Bellevue, which is noted for surgical reattachment, the Post reported.

About an hour later, a nurse told Rivera they lost the finger and asked him to sign a waiver saying he no longer wanted the finger, said the lawsuit filed last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city Health and Hospitals Corp., Bellevue's owner.

Rivera, a warehouse worker in New Jersey, refused to sign the waiver and was billed $3,000 for treatment, the Post reported.

"It's a permanent loss," said Rivera's lawyer, Myron Lasser. "It's going to inhibit his earning capacity."

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