Gov. Christie to keep eye on Prince Harry
TRENTON, N.J., March 27 (UPI) -- Gov. Chris Christie has promised to keep Prince Harry of Britain on a short leash during an upcoming visit to New Jersey.
Harry will be in the Garden State in May to get a firsthand look at damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The prince, an army officer who saw combat service in Afghanistan, is scheduled to be in the United States May 9-15 on a trip to raise money for U.S. and British troops.
Christie said Monday he will be with Harry for the day he is in New Jersey, the Asbury Park Press reported.
"If you trust me, all will be fine, because I'm going to spend ... during his entire trip, I will be with Prince Harry,'' Christie said on "Ask the Governor'' show on FM-101.5.
Harry got into trouble during his last U.S. trip when photographs showing him in the buff during a game of "strip billiards" at a Las Vegas hotel went viral on the Internet.
Christie said Harry has apologized for last year's incident.
"I certainly don't want to get all over the prince," Christie said. "I'm thrilled that he wants to come and see the destruction himself first hand and he wants to be helpful. And I'm going to be spending the entire day with Prince Harry.''
Firetrucks deliver pizzas
ESSEX JUNCTION, Va., March 26 (UPI) -- A Domino's Pizza location in Vermont is teaming with the local fire department to deliver pizzas and promote fire safety.
Customers who order from the Essex Junction Domino's between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday are given the option of having their pizza delivered via fire truck, and the firefighters in the vehicle will then check the customer's smoke detectors, WFFF-TV, Burlington, Vt., reported Tuesday.
Customers whose smoke detectors are found to be working will receive their pizzas for free, the restaurant said.
"When you change your clocks for daylight saving time or plan your spring cleaning, it's a great time of year to remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms," said Sam Jackson, general manager of Domino's Pizza in Essex Junction. "Functioning smoke alarms save lives, but many people forget to maintain the batteries. We are excited to be working with the local fire department to promote good fire safety precautions."
Patrons whose smoke detectors are not working will receive the consolation prize of new batteries for the devices.
Chick born with four legs in Miss.
PELAHATCHIE, Miss., March 26 (UPI) -- A Mississippi woman said a chick was born on her farm with four legs and the bird has "captured my heart."
Annette Bragg of Pelahatchie said the chicken, which she named Lucy, hatched at 6 p.m. Sunday and she immediately noticed the bird had four legs, all of which were normal sized, WLBT-TV, Jackson, reported Tuesday.
Bragg said Lucy, who is unable to walk because of the location of her legs, may have been meant to be a twin.
Bragg said she has more than 100 chickens and Lucy is the most unusual one she has ever seen.
"It sort of captured my heart," she said.
Man admits to drunkenly buying snake
COVENTRY, England, March 26 (UPI) -- A British man who woke up after a drunken night to find he had purchased a 10-foot python pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods.
Richard Baker, an attorney for Dwayne Matthews, 29, told the court in Coventry, England, his client and his friends had been drinking heavily when a stranger offered to sell Matthews the snake Jan. 11, The Mirror reported Tuesday.
"In his wisdom, and no doubt egged on by his inebriated friends, he decided it would be a good idea to buy it and sell it," he said. "The next morning he realized it hadn't been such a good idea.
"He got up to find one of his friends asleep on the sofa and this snake rearing up at him in an S-shape, its jaws open like a cobra. Instead of running out of the house, as some would have done, and leaving his friend to his fate, he apprehended this snake. He ran upstairs, got a quilt and threw it over the snake to subdue it and put it in a tank. It was like a sub-plot from a Guy Ritchie film," Baker said.
The python, which had been stolen along with eight others earlier in January, was returned to its owner.
Matthews, who was arrested after attempting to sell the snake, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods and was sentenced to an eight-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay $129 in court costs and $121 in damages to the victim.