MAN WHO BOUGHT FLA. ISLAND ARRESTED IN KMART THEFT
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Imagine having enough money to buy an $8 million island off Florida’s coast — only to get busted in an alleged scheme to rip Kmart off for $300. That’s the story emerging from police in Key West. They say Andrew Francis Lippi recently bought some stuff from the discount retailer, including a coffeemaker and light bulbs — and later returned the original boxes for a refund. Only problem: police say the boxes didn’t have the original items in them. For example, Kmart says in place of the coffeemaker, there was a basketball in the box. Lippi denies any wrongdoing, telling the Miami Herald the theft allegation is “complicated.” Lippi is charged with grand theft and was booked over the weekend before being released Sunday. Lippi owns Thompson Island, which had been home to the family of philanthropist Edward B. Knight.
SOCCER FAN SUES CALIFORNIA DMV OVER PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It happens every once in a while: someone applies to get one of those customized license plates — and is rejected because what the plate says can be considered offensive. In this case, a soccer fan in California is fighting back. Jon Kotler applied for a plate that would have read “COYW.” It’s an acronym of the slogan “Come on You Whites,” used by fans of the Fulham Soccer Club in London — team that wears white jerseys. The DMV rejected the plate because it said it could “have racial overtones.” Kotler is suing, claiming his free speech rights are being violated. The Department of Motor Vehicles says it won’t comment on pending lawsuits.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It’s a medical mystery, to be sure. When medical students in Oregon began examining the heart of a cadaver, they found the blood vessels on the organ were unusual. When they looked further, opening the cadaver’s abdominal cavity, they found the dead woman’s other organs were on the “wrong” side. The students were led by Cameron Walker. He says the discovery of the misplaced organs was so astounding because people whose organs are reversed like that — tend to have life-threatening ailments. The woman, Rose Marie Bentley, lived to be 99.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II