COUPLE THANKS NYPD FOR RETURNING LOST ENGAGEMENT RING
NEW YORK (AP) — The English couple that lost an engagement ring down a Times Square utility grate — is grateful that New York City police found it. John Drennan and Daniella Anthony tweeted yesterday that they’re happy officers recovered the ring, which they thought was gone forever. The ring was recovered Saturday, the day after it slipped off Anthony’s finger and fell down the grate after he proposed to his bride-to-be. But by then, the couple had left for home without leaving their names or contact information. The NYPD tracked them down through social media.
BOY - FROZEN TONGUE
SANDWICH, Ill. (AP) — It was something he imitated that he saw in a movie — and now he is in the news. An 11-year-old boy from northern Illinois says he was inspired to put his tongue on a frozen metal pole by the movie “A Christmas Story.” And Spencer Cline now knows what happens when you do that in real life, it turns out like it did in the movie: your tongue gets stuck and it hurts — a lot. The middle school student panicked as his tongue remained affixed to the pole. A friend who was with Spencer searched for hot water, then called an ambulance. But by then, Spencer was able to pry his tongue away from the pole. He’s expected to make a full recovery.
D.C. CLERK, SUPERVISOR MISTAKE NEW MEXICO FOR FOREIGN COUNTRY
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It was funny to everyone who saw it. But for a while it was no laughing matter when two District of Columbia employees refused a marriage license to a New Mexico man — because they thought New Mexico was a foreign country. It happened last month when Gavin Clarkson tried to apply for a marriage license in Washington D.C. After he approached a clerk and showed his New Mexico ID, he says the clerk told him he needed an international passport to get a marriage license. Clarkson asked for a supervisor — who told him the same thing. After a while, the clerk realized her error — and granted Clarkson and his finance’ their license. Clarkson says, “all the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing.” Clarkson reported this to the Las Cruces Sun-News when he returned home. The paper reached a rep for the D.C. courts system, who acknowledged the error — and apologized.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II