Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Boston Zoo Takes Politics to the Birds, and Gorillas and Lions Too
    The dismal approval numbers facing Congress combined with the ups and downs of the 2012 Presidential race lead many Americans to compare politics to a zoo.

    Now one New England zoo is out to prove that politics really is for the birds, and gorillas and lions and anteaters too.

    Boston's Franklin Park Zoo is holding its third " PreZOOdential Election" next week to elect an animal as the new "president" of the zoo.  The election will, appropriately, begin on Monday, Feb. 20, President's Day.

    Franklin Park began the tradition in 2006 and found it so popular it did it again in 2008 and now in 2012, following the election calendar.

    "We're expecting high voter turnout," Brooke Wardrop, the zoo's director of communications, told

    Up for election this year are a lion, a lowland gorilla, a Brazilian ocelot, a giant anteater, a red panda and an Andean condor, oh my!

    PHOTOS: Click here for a first look at the candidates and their platforms.


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  • Bus Driver Who Deliberately Hit Cyclist Sent to Prison

    The bus driver who, in a moment of road rage, swerved his bus to knock a cyclist off the road will spend the next 17 months in prison for his actions, a court in England has ruled.

    Gavin Hill, 29, of Frome in Somerset, England, described his actions as a “moment of madness” while pleading guilty to dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm in court on Thursday.

    A bus driver for 10 years, Hill was driving a Bugler Coaches bus the morning of April 5, 2011, when he drove too close to cyclist Phillip Mead as the two approached the St. James Barton roundabout in Bristol.

    At the next traffic light, Mead, 43, pulled up next to Hill’s bus and the two engaged in a heated argument before going their separate ways, according to arguments presented in court.

    Cameras monitoring the intersection captured the next moments when Hill  accelerated his bus to try to overtake Mead and then sharply swerved to the left to knock Mead off his bike.

    Mead, a father-of-two who was

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  • Kenny Chesney's Tenn. Home Broken Into By Woman

    A detailed plan by a California woman claiming to be the girlfriend of country music superstar Kenny Chesney ended in her arrest inside the singer’s Franklin, Tenn., home, according to police.

    Melissa Carol Mansfield of Murrieta, Calif., was arrested around 2 a.m. Wednesday in a bathroom near the swimming pool of Chesney’s home just outside of Nashville, Williamson County authorities said.

    Police say Mansfield had been drinking wine and smoking cigarettes by the singer’s pool.

    “[The] corporal was looking around the perimeter and found her in a restroom,” Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy Hugh Tharpe told Nashville affiliate WKRN. “She had at least one if not two bottles of wine with her.”

    Mansfield, police say, traveled to Nashville from Knoxville on a Greyhound bus.  She then upgraded to a limousine to arrive in style at Chesney’s home, about 25 miles away from the Nashville bus station.

    Once there she got around the gate and inside Chesney’s mansion, but was caught

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  • For Michigan resident Greg Smith, seeing a school-zone sign telling him to slow down  to 25 mph did not irk him the first time.

    Nor did it bother him the second, third, fourth or fifth time either.

    But when Smith saw that the one sign posted near his home in the Detroit suburb of White Lake listed six separate times that drivers had to step off the gas, it was too much.

    "You practically have to come to a stop to read it," Smith told The Oakland Press about the sign erected on Jan. 12 to guide drivers around a nearby elementary, middle and high school.

    "I'm thinking of printing out the speeds and attaching it to my dashboard," he said.

    The sign instructs drivers to slow down to 25 mph between 6:49-7:15, 7:52-8:22 and 8:37-9:07 during the morning and 2:03-2:33, 3:04-3:34 and 3:59-4:29 during the afternoon on school days.

    Smith sent a picture of himself standing beside  the sign to the paper, which then posted it on its Facebook page.

    More than 100 comments flowed in online saying the

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  • Driver Survives 20-Ton Boulder Crash on Car

    The driver of a sport utility vehicle that was crushed beyond recognition by a 20-ton boulder says his life was changed by the event and calls the fact that he's alive today and expected to make a full recovery a "miracle."

    Ludovic Masciave, 36, was driving through the Arly Gorge in the French Alps last Wednesday when a boulder overhanging the pass he was driving on suddenly fell directly on top of his car, the UK's Daily Mail reported.


    "I remember the impact of the rock," Masciave, a father of two who was driving alone when the accident occurred, told the French newspaper Le Parisien.

    "I'd been driving slowly at between 40 and 50 kilometres an hour when suddenly there was a terrible shock which brought the vehicle to a sudden halt," he said.  "I immediately lost consciousness."

    Rescuers who discovered Masciave's mangled car could not even determine what type of car it was due to the damage and expected to find no survivors.

    Instead they found Masciave in the

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  • Texas Woman Saves Baby as Car Crashes Through House

    A woman's split-second decision likely saved the life of her 2-month-old godchild after a drunken driver crashed through the living room of a Texas home.

    Princess Goodwin was spending the afternoon with friends Sunday at the Desoto, Texas, home of a local pastor, Eric Johnson, when a car came barreling through the home's window and directly into the living room, local affiliate WFAA reported.

    The car hit the couch where Goodwin was sitting and holding godchild Kendal.  As the car rushed toward the pair, Goodwin held Kendal high above the car, saving the baby from impact, according to the homeowner, Johnson, who witnessed it all.

    "The amazing thing is, Princess had the baby held over like this over the car, so she literally sacrificed herself in order to save the baby," Johnson told WFAA.

    Kendal escaped the crash with only a scratch on her eye, Johnson said.

    Goodwin, meanwhile, became pinned against the wall and had to be pulled out from under the debris by Johnson and the

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  • Man Steals $6,500 Rolex From Airport Security Bin

    A search is under way in South Florida for a man who made a very untimely decision to take a $6,500 Rolex watch left behind by a fellow passenger traveling from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

    New video  released Tuesday shows the man picking up the stainless steel and gold watch from a plastic bin as he passed through a Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at the airport  on Jan. 18.

    Officials from the Broward County Sheriff's Office said the watch was mistakenly left behind by 43-year-old Gloria de Regalado who was preparing to fly home after a South Florida vacation.  De Regalado realized her mistake 30 minutes later and returned to retrieve the Rolex,  but by that time the watch was gone.

    The surveillance video shows the man noticing the watch on his way to collect his belongings after he stepped away to tie his shoes.  Instead of notifying TSA officials, he looked around, grabbed the watch, put  it in his backpack alongside

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  • Shanna Widner was just 13 years old when she watched her mother, Wanda Holloway, become the center of national attention and go to trial for plotting to kill a rival mother so that Widner could win a spot on the her eighth-grade cheerleading squad at her Texas middle school.

    The 1991 trial, in which Holloway was sentenced to prison, became one of the most sensational of the decade and immortalized Holloway as the “Pom-Pom Mom.”  It was also the subject of two TV movies and one book.

    Widner and her family, however, kept silent about the story for decades.

    “When it all happened, it wasn’t talked about in my family,” Widner, now a 34-year-old mother of two sons, said today in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America.”

    “We didn’t discuss it. It was like it didn’t happen.  It was just put on the back burner like nothing had happened,” she said.


    Twenty years after her mother’s arrest in Channelview, Texas, Widner is breaking her silence, speaking publicly for the first

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  • Celine Dion 'Scared of Show Business' After Whitney Houston's Death

    Tributes to Whitney Houston from music’s biggest superstars have poured in since the singer was found dead Saturday in her Los Angeles hotel room but for one of her fellow pop icon divas, Houston’s tragic death is a cautionary tale.

    “I am so scared,” Celine Dion said today on “Good Morning America.”  “I’m scared of show business.  I’m scared of drugs.  I’m scared of hanging out.”

    “That’s why I don’t do parties and I don’t hang out,” she said.  “That’s why I’m not part of show business. We have to be afraid.”

    Dion’s comments came during a phone interview on “GMA” in which the singer acknowledged the impact Houston’s music had her own career and spoke of the hold drugs now have on entertainers and the music industry.

    “When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason,” she said.  “Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything?  What happens when you

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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton's Plane Scare Revealed

    While the rest of the world was fixated last November on whether Kate Middleton was pregnant, she and her husband, Prince William, were focused on a close call involving a flight they were onboard, according to reports.

    British media report that the British Airways flight the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling on at the end of their humanitarian mission to Denmark  in November was 200 feet from landing at  London's Heathrow Airport when the pilot had to make an emergency steep climb back into the air because another aircraft had not cleared the runway in time.

    A British Airways official confirmed that the mid-air scare took place on Nov. 2 aboard the royals' flight BA0821, but described the pilot's maneuver as just a "standard procedure," UK tabloid The People was first to report.

    "Our crew were told by air traffic control to perform a go-around - a perfectly standard operation with no safety implications - because an aircraft from another airline hadn't fully

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