QUIRKY WORLD ... 87-year-old takes leap of faith with birthday skydive

USA: A Massachusetts woman can check something off her bucket list: She celebrated her 87th birthday by skydiving.

The Recorder reports Janis Lefebre’s children bought her the skydiving package from Jumptown, a skydiving centre based in Orange, after learning that jumping out of a plane was something she always wanted to do.

A crowd of family and friends gathered to cheer on Ms Lefebre’s descent from 13,500 ft.

Ms Lefebre said her first try was “perfect.” She said skydiving lived up to her expectations and she wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

Ms Lefebre’s family members think she might go running with the bulls in Spain or ride in a racecar for her next birthday. Her daughter Lori Craig said her mother “wears us out.”

Bale honour

WALES: A county council renamed itself after superstar Gareth Bale following Wales’s Euro 2016 triumph.

Wales made history by reaching the last 16 of the tournament following an emphatic 3-0 win over Russia.

Vale of Glamorgan officials announced that for one night only, the local authority was to be called Bale of Glamorgan.

And it proved a hit with social media users — with a doctored signpost being shared almost 400 times.

Never too late...

USA: One Massachusetts commuter believes it is never too late to say sorry — or pay your train fare.

Matthew Andrewes hand-delivered an apology letter, along with $300 (€266) in cash, to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on June 9. That was the amount Mr Andrewes believes he owes MBTA for evading fares.

The 31-year-old said he avoided paying the train fare whenever he could as a teenager and in his 20s. He wrote: “I am so sorry. Please accept this money as compensation.”

Gun giveaway

USA: A Republican candidate for Congress in Florida has launched a contest on his Facebook campaign page to give away a semi-automatic rifle on July 4.

Greg Evers announced the competition barely a week after a shooting at a gay nightclub killed 49 people in Orlando, which is about a five-hour drive from the Florida Panhandle congressional district Mr Evers seeks to represent.

“With terrorism incidents on the rise, both at home and abroad, protecting our constitutional rights has never been more important,” Mr Evers said.

“With all that’s happening in the world today, I’ve never felt stronger about the importance of the second amendment in protecting our homeland than I do now.”

Man in a van

USA: Police in New York City say they’ve nabbed the culprit who outfitted a van with more than 50 speakers and blasted loud music late at night near the New York Mets’ stadium.

WNBC-TV reports police received multiple noise complaints Saturday night in the Queens neighbourhood of Willets Point, near Citi Field.

Police found the van and confiscated it.

Authorities say the van’s owner, Nelson Hidalgo, has been arrested on charges of criminal nuisance, unreasonable noise, unlawful assembly and other offences.

It was not immediately known if Hidalgo has an attorney.

The NYPD tweeted out a picture of the van on Sunday.


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