Man breaks into Kennedy family compound — looking for Katy Perry

USA: Police charged a man with breaking into the Kennedy family compound in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, claiming that he was looking for pop singer Katy Perry.

Officers went to the house in Hyannis Port after Ted Kennedy Jr, the son of late Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, called police late on Tuesday saying he was worried an intruder was in the compound with his teenage son.

Police found James Lacroix, 53, in the kitchen. When asked what he was doing there, Lacroix, wearing a Captain America T-shirt, responded that he was looking for Perry, police said. The teenage son also was in the house but was unharmed, police said.

Lacroix was due to be arraigned last night on charges of breaking and entering. Police said he would likely be evaluated for mental illness.


ENGLAND: A head teacher has said she is “amazed” that her letter to pupils telling them not to worry about exam results has gone round the world.

Rachel Tomlinson wrote to children at Barrowford Primary School in Nelson, Lancashire: “The scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.”

The letter, jointly written by Ms Tomlinson and teacher Amy Birkett, was handed to pupils who received their Key Stage 2 results — the school’s best ever.

It read: “Please find enclosed your end of KS2 results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.”


USA: Authorities in California have arrested two men on suspicion of stealing three mini-buses customised to look like bright orange Tillamook cheese blocks.

Manteca police said Brian Lancaster and Ryan Monaco, of Sacramento, were taken into custody. The vehicles were found in a storage locker rented by one of the suspects.

The mini-buses, each worth $100,000 (€74,000), were stolen from a hotel car park in Manteca, where they had stopped on a tour promoting the Oregon-based Tillamook County Creamery Association’s dairy products.


ENGLAND: A National Trust warden has discovered a poisonous flower which was thought to be extinct in the wild.

The pretty but deadly corncockle, Agrostemma githago, was found growing near Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn, Sunderland, earlier this month by assistant ranger Dougie Holden.

He thought the five-petalled mauve flower was unusual and had an inkling it was a corncockle, which was once commonly seen in wheat fields but has been eradicated by modern farming methods.


USA: A high-school class ring which vanished over 40 years ago has been reunited with its New York owner — after it turned up on a Greek island.

Stan Ostapiak gave it to his wife in 1962 after they graduated from Seward Park High School and it was stolen when her purse was snatched 10 years later on the night they were married.

However, Vasilis Polykretis came across the engraved ring in his late father’s belongings on the island of Naxos this month and, after some online research, was able to send it by post to Mr Ostipiak in Staten Island. No one knows how the ring ended up in Greece.


CHINA: Thousands of civil servants are being told to give up their Audis and get the bus.

State media has reported that most Chinese officials must sell their government vehicles in return for up to $210 (€155) a month in public transportation aid. The officials will also have to help their drivers find another job.

The car ban is the latest move in a government campaign to mollify public frustration at extravagance by officials, who have had to rein in spending on banquets, cigarettes and private jet travel.


ENGLAND: A woman with more than 50 convictions has been awarded a degree — in criminology.

Natalie Atkinson, 25, from Lancaster, went off the rails at 12 and became addicted to drugs. She was voted Student of the Year by the National Union of Students and won a place at the London School of Economics.

She said: “I’ve gone from being a prolific offender to a settled and happy life, so if I can do it, anyone can.”


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