- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News7 hrs ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia officials are under fire for sending out a reverse 911 message around 2:15 a.m Thursday morning, informing residents that a road had reopened.
As reported by WAVY 10, there was a tragic fatal accident on the 500 block of Sandbridge road on Wednesday night, which forced the road closure. When Sandbridge was eventually reopened, the reverse 911 robocalls went out on Thursday morning through the VB Alert mass notification system.
A 911 operator mistakenly sent a message intended for only 175 residents in the Sandbridge area, to 99,850 city residents. Residents living far from Sandbridge road called in to complain about the message and eventually the alert was cancelled before all of the system’s 273,000 residents were called.
- Will Lerner at Odd News8 hrs ago
Jordan Fernandez is set to graduate from John F. Kennedy High School in San Antonio, Texas on June 7. When he does, he will have accomplished something fewcan boast: perfect attendance from Pre-K through his senior year of high school. As KENS 5 News reports, the only place where it isn’t so rare? Jordan’s household.
Edgewood Independent School District sent out a press release noting that Jordan’s older brothers Jacob and Jason also had perfect attendance from Pre-K to 12 th grade. Jordan’s younger sister Jenna, a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School, hasn’t missed a day of class either. In addition to never missing a day of class, Jordan also has never been tardy.
- Will Lerner at Odd News9 hrs ago
In New York, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced yesterday (PDF) that a taxi driver, 69-year-old Rodolfo Sanchez, has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) by, “crossing the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Bridge and entering the Midtown Tunnel without making a toll payment on more than four thousand separate occasions by ‘piggybacking’ on cars directly in front of his cab between 2012 and 2014.”
District Attorney Brown says that Mr. Sanchez would tailgate the a vehicle in front of his cab, “thus allowing both vehicles to pass through the toll lane before the barrier came back down.” The New York Times notes that Mr. Sanchez, a Long Island City, Queens resident, if guilty, wouldn’t be the first person to have committed this crime, but, “no single driver appeared to have ever been caught making quite so many free trips.”
- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News9 hrs ago
Sandi Blood of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina made an intriguing discovery in a used paperback novel she purchased which led her to a new friend miles away. As reported by WPDE NewsChannel 15, while Sandi was flipping through the book’s pages, an old letter fell out. It was dated November 1951 and sent from Army Private Gilles LeBlanc to his girlfriend Carole Petch. The two were separated while LeBlanc was stationed in Japan and Petch was in Toronto, Canada.
The letter spoke about the military man’s army life before he shipped out to Korea and also professed his love for Carole including thoughts like, "Honey you can't realize how much I love you and think and dream about being with you. It's hurting me all over." The two were apparently engaged and the letter included plans for the couple’s upcoming nuptials.
- Will Lerner at Odd News11 hrs ago
If you’re an employee of a chain store and you see a shoplifter, don’t confront them. It’s been proven again and again and again and again that no matter how noble your intentions are, you can be fired from your job. As KDFW FOX 4 News reports, this is exactly what happened to one Kroger grocery store manager in Arlington, Texas.
- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News11 hrs ago
Get ready to say, “Awww!”
Shanghaiist brings us this bit of adorableness and reports that a man named Xiang unleashed 1,130 ducklings on his boss’s apartment in an act of revenge. Xiang was upset with Bing, his boss, because the employee felt that he was owed in wages. Reportedly, when Xiang quit his job three years ago, he claimed that he was owed 3,000 RMB (approx. $482) in wages. Bing refuted that claim saying that all wages were already paid. But Xiang was insistent that he was right. He ordered over a thousand baby ducks from a farmer named Chen, and had the flock sent to Bing’s home.
When Chen asked Xiang to pay for the ducklings, Xiang had him ask Bing for the money. That’s when Chen decided to call the police to settle the matter. With the authorities help, Bing ended up paying for the transportation fees and a few of the ducks that were lost. Police advised Xiang to take his beef with his boss to the proper authorities to settle his case.
Photos and more info: Shanghaiist
- Will Lerner at Odd News12 hrs ago
Eric Afriat of Montreal, Quebec had a choice to make: He could either go to the Passover Seder his mother was hosting in West Boca Raton, Florida, or he could compete in a Hollywood, Florida poker tournament. Though it pained him to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, or Pesach, with his family, he decided to go to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As the Sun Sentinel reports, it was the right move.
- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News1 day ago
Warren, Michigan is not a city with complete separation of church and state as is evident at city hall. As reported by WJBK Fox 2 News, the building is home to a day of prayer, a Ramadan display, a Nativity scene, and a prayer station, all backed by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts. “I will continue to support all groups regardless of race or religion but I will not support a group which denigrates those groups,” said Fouts.
Fouts was referring to the Freedom From Religion group member and atheist Douglas Marshall. Marshall filed a request to set up a “reason station” inside the Warren city hall atrium when he learned a prayer station existed. Marshall told WJBK, “I object to my tax dollar being used for a church to proselytize…the public space is not a location which religion should be practiced.”
- Will Lerner at Odd News1 day ago
ARLnow.com is telling everyone about Market Place & Café in Arlington, Virginia. The business has a sign with a symbol on it so phallic that people can’t help but wonder what it is actually supposed to represent, if not what it really, really looks like. The Arlington, Virginia news and culture website reports that it’s a real sign on a real establishment in Arlington’s Ballston (real name) neighborhood.
ARLnow.com tried speaking with the business’s owner, but writes, “The restaurant’s owner declined requests for comment, demanding that an ARLnow.com employee leave the store after identifying himself as a reporter — but before even getting a chance to ask about the sign.” So, for now, people must wonder what the sign’s symbol is supposed to represent if not, well, you know. It's possible it's a mustachioed man wearing a chef's hat, judging from this picture that shows the symbol in color from Yelp user Steve L:
- Charlene Sakoda at Odd News1 day ago
A Charleston, South Carolina man is speaking out after receiving a $525 ticket following his soda refill at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.
As reported by WCSC Live 5 News, construction worker Christopher Lewis was working on-site at the downtown Charleston VA Medical center and during lunch in the hospital cafeteria, he grabbed a refill of his drink without paying. Lewis failed to notice posted signs indicating that refills were not free. "As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me, ‘Was I going to pay for that?’ And I told him I wasn't aware that I had to pay for that," Lewis recalled. The construction worker said that he never saw the posted signs and admitted that he had refilled drinks in the past without paying.