COCAINE FOUND FLOATING IN GULF OF MEXICO
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Coke float, anyone? Before you say yes, consider what kind of coke we’re talking about here. Authorities in Florida are trying to find out who is responsible for the floating bale of cocaine that was recovered in the Gulf of Mexico. A U.S. Coast Guard release says more than 75 pounds of coke was found in the package yesterday. The release says a “good Samaritan” notified authorities of the package after spotting it bobbing in the waters south of Pensacola on Saturday. Authorities searched the area and turned up the drugs. It’s unclear to whom the cocaine belongs.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A man who took a dinner cruise in Virginia is taking legal steps over the fact that he slipped on no-slip flooring. The plaintiff in the case is 66-year-old Jeffrey Makuch of New York — and he is suing the owners of the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship. The lawsuit says the no-skid flooring was on a part of the ship where passengers play the game “corn-hole.” He says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag — and he ended up falling on the no-slip floor. He is seeking $375,000 in damages. The cruise ship owners deny the flooring poses a risk.
#METOO JOKE COSTS BEAUTY QUEEN HER CROWN
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts beauty queen has given up her crown because of a joke about the #MeToo movement. NBC 10 Boston reports Maude Gorman resigned Saturday as Miss Plymouth County for the Miss Massachusetts Miss America Organization after a host made a joke about the women’s movement. During the event last week, the host did a skit with someone portraying God and asked why Miss America officials got rid of the swimsuit competition. The person with the host held up a sign that read: ”#MeToo.” Gorman — herself a survivor of sexual assault — says the joke mocked a movement that empowers survivors — and was “inappropriate.” The Miss America Organization has posted an apology on its Facebook page saying the skit was not in the script — nor was it approved by the board.
CORPSE-MAN READY TO RETIRE
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dead man acting? A man who gained fame from playing corpses in TV shows and movies is getting ready to kill off his career — by retiring. The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio reports Chuck Lamb first starting acting as a “bucket list thing” — and said he portrayed himself as the “Dead Body Guy” in hopes of getting roles. His first was in 2006 on the TV show “What I Like About You.” Since then, he has racked up 11 on-screen deaths — and now wants to go out on a high note after playing people who end up six feet under. Lamb says he’d like to be on “The Walking Dead” before retiring to his Florida home.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II