HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN
Lawyer for homeless man: $400K in donations is all gone
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer of a homeless man in Philadelphia whose selflessness led to donations of over $400,000 through an online fundraising page says all the money is gone.
Johnny Bobbitt’s attorney, Chris Fallon, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday he learned the cash was gone in a call with lawyers for Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico.
They’re the couple accused in a lawsuit brought by Bobbitt of mismanaging donations raised for him through GoFundMe.
McClure and D’Amico’s attorney, Ernest Badway, told The Associated Press they have no comment.
McClure set the page up to give back to Bobbitt, who helped her when she ran out of gas on an Interstate 95 exit ramp late one night. It raised more than $400,000 from more than 14,000 people.
The relationship has since gone sour.
TV-LAW & ORDER-HATE CIRCLES
NBC’s ‘Law & Order’ franchise adding new hate-crimes drama
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC’s “Law & Order” franchise is adding what the network calls a “relevant” new series about hate crimes.
The network said Tuesday that it’s ordered 13 episodes of “Law & Order: Hate Crimes.” The drama from “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf is based on New York state’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
The fictional version of the task force will be introduced in the upcoming 20th season of sister program “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Wolf said in a statement that he wants to shine a light on the wide range of crime victims in big U.S. cities and show that justice can prevail. A debut date hasn’t been announced for “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” created and produced by Wolf and Warren Leight.
POLAR BEAR TOURISM
Tiny Alaska village experiences boom in polar bear tourism
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Alaska Native village has experienced a boom in tourism in recent years as polar bears spend more time on land than on diminishing Arctic sea ice.
More than 2,000 people visited the northern Alaska village of Kaktovik on the Beaufort Sea last year to see polar bears in the wild, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Monday.
Jennifer Reed, of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge says the village had less than 50 visitors annually before 2011.
Polar bears have always been a common sight on sea ice near Kaktovik, but residents started noticing a change in the mid-1990s. More bears seemed to stay on land, and researchers began taking note of more female bears making dens in the snow on land instead of on the ice.
Most tourists visit in the fall, when bears are forced toward land because sea ice is the farthest away from the shore. Some bears become stranded near Kaktovik until the sea freezes again in October or November.
STOLEN RUBY SLIPPERS
Feds: Stolen ruby slippers worn in ‘Wizard of Oz’ recovered
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say they have recovered pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that were stolen from a Minnesota museum 13 years ago.
The slippers were taken from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids in August 2005 when someone went through a window and broke into the small display case. The shoes were insured for $1 million.
Four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the movie are known to exist. The shoes are made from about a dozen different materials, including wood pulp, silk thread, gelatin, plastic and glass. Most of the ruby color comes from sequins, but the bows of the shoes contain red glass beads.