COUPLE DRIVES FROM ARIZONA TO WYOMING WITH KIDS IN TRUNK
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — You’ve seen “baby on board” signs on the back of cars. But in this case, the car should have had a sign that read “kids in trunk.” Authorities in Wyoming say a man and woman have admitted to driving from Arizona to Wyoming — with two kids stashed in the trunk of their car. Both 63-year-old Michael J. Fee and 31-year-old Amber L. Freudenstein have pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. Sheriff’s officials say a third party told them the kids reported they were kept in the trunk during most of the 900-mile drive — while two German shepherds got the back seat. Fee told the court there wasn’t enough room for everyone, so the kids were put in the trunk. Court records say the children put in the trunk were about 6 and 10 years old.
POLITICAL CANDIDATE MISSES VOTE, ELECTION ENDS IN A TIE
HOXIE, Ark. (AP) — It’s a tough way to learn the civics lesson that every vote counts. A first-time political candidate for alderman in Hoxie, Arkansas ended up missing his chance to vote Tuesday — and his race for a city council seat ended up in a tie. The Jonesboro Sun reports Cliff Farmer and his wife were returning from a Florida vacation on Tuesday when their plane landed in Memphis only an hour before polls closed. Memphis is 80 miles away from Hoxie. His wife voted early, but Farmer had counted on casting his ballot once he got back. Both Farmer and incumbent Becky Linebaugh ended up with 223 votes. What he lacked in planning Farmer now hopes to make up in for in luck. A winner will be declared next week by a coin toss or another game of chance.
FENG SHUI CITED IN BOULDER BATTLE
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine restaurant owner is citing the principle of feng shui (fung shway) as a reason to keep a pair of boulders where they are — right in front of her eatery. Annie Huang is co-owner of Lucky Garden in Hallowell, Maine. And she has told members of the city’s highway committee the boulders are culturally significant — in that they were placed according to feng shui, the belief that spatial arrangements can affect the flow of energy. City officials want the boulders moved so they can rebuild a downtown sidewalk. Some local and state officials have agreed to cut the project short.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II