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Mother drives scooter down the drain

Published December 21, 2006


A 55-year-old Miami woman spent part of Tuesday night stuck on a yellow moped 6 feet underground in a storm drain, the Miami Herald reports. The unidentified woman took her daughter's yellow scooter to buy cigarettes but drove straight into an open storm drain. "It was actually a good thing that she got wedged like that," said Ignatius Carroll, a Miami fire spokesman. "There is water at the bottom of that drain. If she fell much farther, she could have drowned." A firetruck ladder and rope pulled her from the manhole, and she was taken to a hospital. As if the ordeal wasn't enough, the woman's daughter said she shouldn't have been on the scooter in the first place.

Hospitalized vets get calling cards

Veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital got an early holiday surprise this week from 11 organizations: telephone calling cards they can use to call their families. About half of the cards were donated by Working Assets, a San Francisco company that provides phone cards and cell phones. The rest were provided by Veterans for Peace. "I think these guys are kind of the forgotten vets," said Ned Fishman, a Vietnam veteran from Bradenton who organized the event. "You never see the guys in the hospitals. That's why we're here, to make them know we haven't forgotten about them."

He put pledge to schools in writing

Here's one way to keep members of Congress in line: Have them publicly sign a pledge to stay in your camp. Gus M. Bilirakis, soon to succeed his father as the representative from the 9th Congressional District, signed a "Pledge to America's School Children" on Wednesday in a ceremony at Pinellas school headquarters. It's part of a campaign by the National School Boards Association, whose president is Pinellas School Board member Jane Gallucci. Bilirakis promises to work to improve the No Child Left Behind Act, to raise funding for disabled children, to support school readiness programs and teacher recruitment efforts and to help schools teach "21st century skills." Rep. C.W. Bill Young and 59 other members of Congress also have signed the pledge. Three of Bilirakis' sons attend Pinellas public schools.


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