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The skinny

Published May 11, 2007


New heart

Where is the patient? The phone knows

John Paul May, a 10-year-old from Pennsylvania, got the new heart he needed. And he can thank technology. Not any sort of newfangled medical procedure, but global positioning. Seems that when he and his mom went to a jazz concert at Slippery Rock University, she turned the volume on her cell phone down. So when they found a heart for John, she didn't hear the call. But officials got her carrier, Sprint, to find out where her phone was. Then they dispatched police there, and they interrupted the concert to whisk them away to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where the surgery was a success. Usually, using such equipment would require a warrant, but exceptions can be made in matters of life and death.

Good heart

Stuff to donate: P.J.'s, wad of cash

There are probably more efficient ways to donate money, but the person who gave a pair of pajamas to a Goodwill store in Greenville, S.C., decided the best way they could think of was to stick more than $5, 000 in them with a note asking the finder to spend it wisely. The finder turned out to be Kelli Owens, who works at Goodwill. Owens is a 21-year-old single mother of three who lives with her mom. So she would seem an excellent candidate for someone who could use a windfall. But she gave it to her boss. "I'm an honest person, " Owens said. "I'm always going to be that way." If no one claims it, the money will be donated to Goodwill. Her bosses plan to throw a party for Owens.

Really. No wheelie.

In Tenn., keep your wheels on ground

Tennessee feels the need to legislate the keeping of two motorcycle wheels on the road at all times. The state Senate passed a bill outlawing the popping of wheelies on motorcycles. There were some differences between the Senate version and one from the House, so they'll have to be reconciled before going to the governor. There is, of course, an exception: It would still be okay if you are an adult riding in a parade at less than 30 mph. An important delineation.

No brownie points

Half-baked ex-cop won't face charges

"If you're a cop and you're arresting people and you're confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that's bad. That's real bad, " said Dearborn, Mich., City Council member Doug Thomas. No one is likely to dispute that, but former Cpl. Edward Sanchez isn't going to face any charges after he admitted taking a stash and making brownies with it. Sanchez and his wife were caught when they called 911 after eating the brownies and told the dispatcher, "I think we're dying. We made brownies and I think we're dead, I really do." They weren't. And though he won't face charges, he did resign.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

[Last modified May 11, 2007, 00:49:08]

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