A man who was arrested for robbing a western Pennsylvania bank when he stopped to eat biscuits at a nearby restaurant will spend two to four years in prison.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 32-year-old Shane Lindsey, of Arnold, was sentenced by a Westmoreland County judge on Wednesday after pleading guilty.
Lindsey was arrested about 20 minutes after he robbed the Citizens Bank in downtown New Kensington on Jan. 14.
That's when witnesses saw a bald man matching Lindsey's description run toward a restaurant after the heist. Police knew the business had surveillance video and went inside to view it hoping for clues as to where the suspect went -- only to find Lindsey eating at a booth.
Police say Lindsey used the restaurant's bathroom to discard a coat and hood he wore during the robbery.
Wisconsin city bars use of kangaroos as service animals
Officials have changed a southeastern Wisconsin city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant.
The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 Monday night to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.
Beaver Dam police say the woman wrapped the baby kangaroo in a blanket and tucked it in an infant car seat, then took it inside a McDonald's in February. The woman has said the kangaroo is a therapy animal to help her cope with emotional distress.
City Attorney Maryann Schacht says the changes comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
SPEAKING OF KANGAROOS: Research on wild kangaroos in Australia is challenging the notion that having a strong hand preference is a trait that developed primarily in people and other primates.
Scientists said on Thursday that these Australian marsupials displayed a natural preference for using their left hand for feeding, self-grooming and other activities. So while most people are right-handed, most kangaroos are lefties.
Just remember folks ............, as usual, ya heard it here FIRST!
Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced his bid for presidency, (It was in all the papers!) which was met with plenty of criticism and mockery. But the best (and sassiest) response came from none other than Cher.
The 69-year-old icon took to Twitter to express her thoughts about the billionaire investor's big news, and she didn't hold back.
She even answered questions from fans with the same brutal honesty we've come to love from the outspoken performer.
Donald Trump's ego is SO inflated, he might as well be the Hindenburg ! He's in the dictionary next to "Obnoxious asshole"
When asked if she'd ever take a picture with Trump as president, Cher responded, "I [sic] RATHER STICK NEEDLES IN MY EYES." When another follower asked her to choose between Trump and fellow Republican Ted Cruz, her response was just as frank: "That's like saying 'would you rather have a Migraine or Throw Up.'"
Can we vote Cher for President?
AND FINALLY: While we're on the subject of the U.S. electiom, and even though it is over a year away, the U.S. federal election has one Don Quixote already! (And we're NOT talking about Donald Trump, folks.)
ATLANTA — At a burger bar near downtown Atlanta, tables were piled with “Bernie Y’all” buttons and “Who the Hell is Bernie Sanders?” pamphlets. Sign-in sheets were readied, and now, there was only the question of how this meeting of Bernie Sanders supporters would go.
Here came the people. Men with tiny gray ponytails. Women with tattoos. Unapologetic lefties such as Starr Wright, who said in a Southern drawl, “If the main negative anyone can throw out is that he’s a white male Jewish socialist, then bring it on!”
But here, too, came Dan Friedman, who is in technology sales. Signing in was Dale Stratford, a scientist who described herself as “a prototypical middle-class white woman.” Taking a seat was David McClatchey, a graduate student who said, “Honestly, my instinct is that when a Democratic socialist stands and talks, it makes me uncomfortable, but I don’t let that stop me from listening.”
And now, on a Sunday afternoon, Atlanta.
In the Atlanta version, it was a gathering of ardent progressives but also relative newcomers to this world, people slightly surprised that it was the rumpled, white-haired Brooklyn native — who speaks of reversing “grotesque” income inequality, getting billionaires out of politics and the need for “political revolution” — who was best articulating their growing unease with the direction of the country.
These people included Dave Friedman, his gray hair closely clipped, his glasses wire-rimmed.
“If you look at his 12 points,” he said, referring to agenda items such as taxing the wealthiest, breaking up big banks and free college tuition, “they are more aligned with mainstream Americans than other candidates, particularly if you do away with labels — that ‘socialist’ label.”
Friedman said his own politics had not changed that much since he first voted Democratic in 1968 after the Robert F. Kennedy assassination; rather, he said, the party had moved further away from his values, so far that he was now slapping on a People-for-Bernie name tag.
“I was curious about what is happening here,” he said, explaining why he came. “I want to learn more about his position on foreign policy.”
He sat at a table with McClatchey, who told Friedman he could not agree more with what he was saying about labels.
“I think there is a silent majority that maybe don’t even know they agree with Bernie Sanders,” McClatchey said, and as they began talking about how political stereotypes get in the way of deeper discussions, their attempted conversation was overtaken by an organizer shouting into a microphone.
“All right! Let’s start with some chants!” the organizer shouted. “This is what democracy looks like! This is what a movement looks like!”
Some people raised fists; Friedman and McClatchey kept arms on the table.
“All day, all week, burn down Wall Street!” the organizer yelled, then introduced a man who declared into the microphone, “If you believe in people over profits, you’re probably a democratic socialist!”
Friedman and McClatchey tried to continue their discussion.
“I think, with time, the political system has become so overrun with money,” McClatchey said. “Billionaires are choosing candidates. It feels like an oligarchy.”
“Oh, I agree — and it not only determines who gets to run, it extends to the positions they take,” Friedman said.
They started to talk about how mainstream Americans might be persuaded to consider Sanders’s record against rolling back bank regulations and positions on other issues, when the organizer took the microphone again.
“All right, we’re going to start out doing a dot-mocracy!” she said.
She passed out color-coded dot stickers. She held up a large sheet of paper. She said she was going to write down ideas for how to build support for Sanders, and people would use the stickers to vote for the best ideas.
“So, ideas?” she asked.
“Knocking on doors,” said a woman in cat-eye glasses.
“What we need is sophisticated exit polling,” said a man with rumpled curly hair.
“Using art to share our ideas!” yelled a woman in the back.
“So, art pieces,” the organizer said, writing.
A man with a black Vietnam veteran hat who’d kept his arms folded raised his hand.
“Have realistic expectations!” he yelled out.
“All right — logistic expectations,” the organizer said, writing.
“No, no!” the man said. “Realistic expectations! What can we really expect?”
“Coalition building!” a man yelled.
“Yeah, like Ben and Jerry’s!” someone else said.
Soon, the large paper was being passed around the tables for the sticker voting, and that was about the time that Friedman peeled off his name tag and left to do some grocery shopping.
“I wish they would talk more about his positions,” he said. “I realize that a lot of this is preaching to the choir, but some people may not be members of the choir, even if I like the man.”
The meeting went on with slightly fewer people, who signed up to canvass, reach out to minorities and work on a social media strategy, and after nearly three hours of this, they adjourned with a last round of chants.
“The people, united, will never be defeated!” it went, and Stratford, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, raised a fist on her way out.
“Wonderful,” she said of the event, explaining that she planned to get more involved after retiring in a few weeks. “I feel it’s getting to a critical point, and more and more people are feeling it — there’s a social sea change that’s kind of building.”
“At least we’re starting somewhere,” said a man heading out the door.
Soon, everyone was gone except for a few last people who decided that if they were going to canvass, there was no time like the present.
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