USA: Pennsylvania state police say they’ve arrested a woman for two different drink-driving crashes in the same day.


Quriky World ... Drink driver crashes her car twice in one day

USA: Pennsylvania state police say they’ve arrested a woman for two different drink-driving crashes in the same day.

Quriky World ... Drink driver crashes her car twice in one day

Troopers from Somerset say Michele Leonard, of Somerset, crashed her car about 5pm on Saturday.

She was arrested, charged with drink driving, and then released.

Police say that’s when Leonard offered a stranger $3 (€2.80) for a ride back to her crashed vehicle, which she entered and began driving again.

Police say Leonard again lost control of the car, and sideswiped a parked car in Somerset Township about 6pm, then crashed into a garage.

In fine voice

ENGLAND: The Scots accent is changing but still remains “very distinctive”, researchers have found.

While regional accents in England are morphing into a “more homogenised anglicised accent”, academics at Glasgow University found Scots accents “are actually flourishing”.

The Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics said the study, which involved audio recordings from across the decades being analysed, found common changes — such as the use of “f” instead of “th” in words such as think — have altered accents across the UK, including in Scotland.

Valuable heritage

ENGLAND: Homes located near a world heritage site command a premium of £78,000 (€111,000) on average, research suggests.

While the average residential property is valued at £284,000, those near a site that holds Unesco status are valued at £362,000 — a difference of 27%.

The research, by website Zoopla, found that the Orkney Islands are the UK’s most affordable world heritage site near which to buy a property, with homes close to the series of Neolithic monuments in the remote location costing an average £130,169.

That’s gas

USA: Manure from about 2m hogs will be converted into renewable natural gas and sold by summer 2016, supporters of a biogas project taking shape in northern Missouri have announced.

They also say the project will keep tonnes of methane out of the atmosphere.

The joint venture between Roeslein Alternative Energy and Smithfield Food Hogs Production has an estimated $120m (€112m) price tag and is one of the largest biogas projects of its kind.

Around half of the 88 existing manure lagoons on nine Smithfield farms are already enclosed by impermeable covers, which will produce biogas to be cleaned and used as an alternative energy.

Deer oh deer

USA: A Dallas-area driver found himself with an unexpected passenger when a deer smashed through his windshield and ended up in the back seat of his car.

Christopher Coleman was not hurt, but the deer died in the accident in Plano.

Coleman said he briefly admired the deer on the side of the road then heard a bang as the windshield broke and the animal entered his car at high speed.

Marathon mix-up

THAILAND: An error by race organisers has made Bangkok home to the world’s longest half-marathon.

Instead of the typical 21km run through the Thai capital, the Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon on Sunday accidentally extended its annual half-marathon to nearly 28km. The bonus came as a surprise to runners, who unleashed a tirade of complaints on social media after the event.

The race organisers, the Jogging Association of Thailand and private promoter Amazing Field, have not said anything publicly about the error.

But the Athletic Association of Thailand called it a “technical error” that was “an unfortunate accident”.


USA: A man has gotten back his wallet, which contained $1,200 (€1,122) in cash, two months after losing it thanks to an Albuquerque pharmacy owner.

KRQE-TV reports that the owner of Sam’s Regent Pharmacy discovered the wallet at a restaurant on Friday. The wallet contained cash, an ID card, and six credit cards. The pharmacy owner called police who were able to find the owner.

Bike thief

USA: A Penn State-Altoona student has been charged with stealing another student’s bike — twice.

The Altoona Mirror reports that campus police are mailing two theft complaints to 19-year-old Brandon Graham.

Police say Graham stole the $465 (€435) mountain bike on September 14 after it was parked unlocked on campus. The owner spotted the bike the next day and took it back.

Police say the bike was stolen again on October 6 when the owner, again, parked it unlocked on campus. A friend of the owner’s saw Graham on the bike on October 22, which had been spray-painted another colour. Police say Graham eventually acknowledged stealing and repainting the bike, which ruined it.

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