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May 22, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Man pulls woman from subway tracks

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- A New York man who jumped onto the subway tracks to rescue an unconscious woman said he hopes his children remember their lessons about train safety.

Greg Wetzel, 40, who jumped onto the tracks at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the West 72nd Street subway station and hoisted a woman back up to the platform about 60 seconds before a train arrived, said he hopes his children, boys ages 6 and 7 and a 4-year-old girl, didn't get the wrong idea from his actions, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

"I guess it's mildly ironic -- to do the exact opposite of what I'm preaching," said Wetzel, who said he has repeatedly spoken to his kids about subway safety.

"The lesson, I guess, is they saw first-hand what happened," he said. "That should give them a healthy fear of the platform."

Wetzel brushed aside any allegations of heroism on his part.

"It was just the right thing to do," he said. "If you see someone on the tracks, it's hard not to do something."

Men beat traffic with kayaks

NEWARK, N.J., May 21 (UPI) -- A pair of New Jersey men said they have found a way to beat the traffic and tolls of their daily commute to New York -- traveling via kayak.

Zach Schwitzky and Erik David Barber of Hoboken said the daily commutes to their Manhattan office in their kayaks have saved them money on gas and tolls and increased their amount of daily exercise, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Monday.

"We wanted to do something that was a little more eco-friendly and we said, you know what? We love the outdoors. We love to kayak. Why is it out of the question to kayak to work? And a light kind of went off," Barber said.

The men said their kayak commutes are not without obstacles. Last Thursday they had to paddle their way out of some choppy wakes to avoid colliding with a ferry.

"They don't see us -- we see them," Schwitzky said.

The men said they are hoping other kayak-loving commuters will join them.

"We're hoping to get the community together and go from two, to four to 10 to 15," Schwitzky said. "Then the boats will get out of our way."

Web site offers 'girlfriends' for hire

FORT MYERS, Fla., May 21 (UPI) -- A Florida university student who designed a Web site for men to pay women $5 to perform "girlfriend-like" tasks said he now has 1,600 users.

Cody Krecicki, 22, a student at Edison State College in Fort Myers, said he was inspired by a girl in his class who was working multiple jobs to stay afloat while attending school and came up with Girlfriendforhire.com, the Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported Monday.

Krecicki said the "girlfriend-like" tasks offered include giving advice, helping to break up with unwanted romantic partners and sending Facebook messages that users can show to their friends.

Krecicki said the services, which also include homework help, each cost $5 and any adult or escort-like services are banned by the Web site's terms of service. He said he personally validates each post before it goes live on the site.

The Web site crashed for several hours due to a high rate of traffic on its first day last month and Krecicki said it has topped 100,000 page views with more than 1,600 registered users who have made 300 orders for the $5 services.

Robin Dunlap, a Texas college student who has sold two "flings" on the site, said it's a great way to make a little extra income.

"I'd be sitting in front of my computer anyway -- that's an extra $5 I'd be getting for what I'm doing anyway," she said.

Duct tape-clad woman injures police

SEATTLE, May 21 (UPI) -- Seattle police said they arrested a woman who replaced her clothes with pink duct tape at a nightclub before injuring three police officers.

Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the woman, whose name was not released, was asked to leave a nightclub in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood Saturday night when she started removing her clothes and wrapping pink duct tape around her upper body area, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Monday.

Witt said police were called when the woman injured a bartender and a female patron. The suspect fled when officers arrived and attempted to hide in the women's restroom of a nearby KFC/Taco Bell restaurant.

Officers put the woman in handcuffs and led her out of the restaurant, but the suspect "freaked out" when they attempted to put her into a patrol car.

One officer suffered a slight concussion when the woman kicked him in the head, while another suffered a severed tendon in his right pinkie finger and a third officer suffered swelling and slight dislocation to his jaw.

The three officers and the suspect, who suffered minor injuries, were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Police said the woman again became violent at the hospital and had to be sedated.

The woman was taken to the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

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