QUIRKY WORLD ... Smarty-pants toddler solves her wardrobe emergency

USA: To a girl aged two in South Carolina, struggling to get dressed is an emergency. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says the child called 911, asking for help getting dressed.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Smarty-pants toddler solves her wardrobe emergency

Her parents didn’t know she had made the call.

Deputy Martha Lohnes was in the vicinity and met the girl at the front door. Lohnes says the girl’s pants weren’t quite up to her waist and she said she couldn’t get them on.

Lohnes said she helped the little girl put her pants on. After that, the deputy said the little girl asked Lohnes to pick her up and hug her. Lohnes called that the best part of her shift.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Drew Pinciaro says a family member was at home when Lohnes arrived.

Pulling no punches

ZIMBABWE: President Robert Mugabe challenged a TV interviewer when quizzed about any retirement plans, asking him: “Do you want me to punch you to the floor to realise I am still there?”

Mugabe, 92, was responding to a question about who would succeed him.

Having led Zimbabwe since the country was formed in 1980 from the ashes of white-ruled Rhodesia, Mugabe said he has no plans to hand over power and ruled out grooming his politically ambitious wife Grace as his successor.

No-fly zone

USA: A woman with a history of sneaking aboard planes has been placed under house arrest for six months by a Chicago court.

Cook County Circuit Judge William Raines ordered that Marilyn Hartman, 64, serve her house arrest at a mental health facility where she lives. Under the terms of a two-month probation, she cannot go to any airports, railway stations, or bus stops.

Hartman has attempted several times to board planes without a ticket and was arrested twice last summer at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Last month, she was arrested at an airport bus shelter.

Fighting chance

USA: A Philadelphia hospital is taking first-aid training to a new level by teaching residents in high-crime areas how to treat gunshot wounds. Temple University Hospital treats at least 400 shooting victims a year, so its doctors and nurses have plenty of experience.

The hospital’s new programme is called Fighting Chance. The hospital is borrowing from battlefield tactics to teach residents how to tighten a tourniquet, apply pressure to stop bleeding, and position someone in a car before taking them to a hospital.

Art is the weapon

ENGLAND: A sculpture made from illegal guns seized off the streets of Manchester has been created in honour of a peace activist who fought against gun crime in the city.

The bust, made from melted down guns collected during amnesties across Greater Manchester, depicts activist Dr Erinma Bell, who fought to rid Moss Side of gun crime.

The symbolic artwork will be unveiled at Manchester Cathedral on International Women’s Day on Tuesday, to mark her contribution to Greater Manchester’s communities.

Financial dig-out

ENGLAND: Crowdfunding is being used to help reveal a mystery of early Christianity in Britain that has lasted for more than 1,000 years.

A major exploratory dig will take place on Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast, to find the first monastery where the world famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created and where St Cuthbert once lived. The Anglo-Saxon monastery, founded in 635 by King Oswald, was attacked in 793 by Vikings in their first major raid on the British Isles.

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