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Principal gets mariachi serenade in school prank

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Something seemed a little bit different about Principal John Becchio as he made his rounds at Santa Barbara High School this week.

Was it the trumpeter? The violinist? Or the guitar and guitarron players? Probably all four.

The mariachi group that greeted Becchio in his office Tuesday morning and followed him around for an hour was a prank played by this year's senior class.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District posted photos and video of the prank on its website this week.

It's not the first such musical prank. Last year, seniors at West Linn High in Oregon hired a mariachi band to follow their principal around for a few hours.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man climbed Seattle building to be closer to God

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who was injured in a fall from the ledge of a downtown Seattle building told police he climbed up the building to be closer to God.

He landed on the awning of the Banana Republic store Wednesday and was rescued by firefighters who took him to a hospital with a leg injury.

The man told police he had taken methamphetamines, pain killers and another unidentified drug before climbing the building and praying.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: Robbery suspect addicted to golf

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say a man suspected of taking $9,200 worth of clubs and other merchandise from the pro shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course had no criminal history, but appears to be addicted to golf.

Bremerton police detectives spotted some of the stolen gear for sale online and arrested the suspect Wednesday in Kirkland.

Police Chief Steve Strachan (stran) said in a news release that robberies are often the result of addictions, but this is the first one police have seen "that looks like a golf addiction."

The Kitsap Sun reports other property that was stolen from the pro shop on Memorial Day was recovered from the suspect's apartment.

Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/ 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Man arrested for cursing files free-speech lawsuit

HOUSTON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man arrested for cursing in front of police has filed a lawsuit saying his right to free speech was violated.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper reported Thursday that Richard Pustovrh was arguing with his employers in September 2012 and they called the police. Pustovrh lives in Houston, 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

A complaint says Pustovrh used an obscenity to voice his frustration after a Canonsburg police officer warned him not to.

He was handcuffed and later found guilty of disorderly conduct and obscene language. The obscene-language charge was withdrawn when he appealed.

Pustovrh wants a declaration the police actions were unconstitutional. He's seeking punitive damages of $100,000.

Canonsburg Police Chief R.T. Bell can't be reached for comment.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Phoenix woman banned from cartwheeling at meetings

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman will have to keep both feet on the ground if she wants to speak at any public meetings.

Sixty-five-year-old Dianne Barker told KSAZ-TV this week that she's been banned from doing cartwheels at meetings held by the Maricopa Association of Governments.

An attorney for the association that oversees regional transportation projects said in a letter to Barker last month that she must "immediately cease performing cartwheels."

Agency spokeswoman Kelly Taft tells The Associated Press that Barker's cartwheels are disruptive and a public safety liability.

Barker says she will obey the association's request. She was a cheerleader in college and says the cartwheels are a way for her to show her passion.

Taft says the association appreciates Barker's enthusiasm, but she should show it verbally.

Information from: KSAZ-TV, http://www.myfoxphoenix.com 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


School: Aide told students pet treats were cookies

BOYERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district says an aide has been suspended after she tricked students into eating pet snacks by telling them they were cookies.

About 75 fourth-graders at New Hanover-Upper Frederick Elementary School received the pet treats during recess Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Student Gabriel Moore tells WFMZ-TV the aide first joked they were dog treats, then told students they were actually cookies. Gabriel ate three.

Boyertown Area School District officials notified parents Friday. They didn't disclose the type of pet treat but said the ingredients would only be harmful to people with certain food allergies.

Still, Gabriel's father, David Moore, says the part-time aide should be "penalized pretty bad."

The aide has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Police: County inmate with similar name released

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman is accused of taking advantage of county jail guards who apparently were confused by her similar-sounding name and released her to a bail bondsman looking for another inmate.

Fayette County Warden Brian Miller says 29-year-old Evelyn Grace Campbell of Uniontown is back in the county lockup and now faces an escape charge after Friday's mix-up.

That's when the bondman showed up to post $500 bail on behalf of another inmate, Maretta Ruth Gamble.

The warden believes Campbell stepped forward when guards called for Gamble — then escaped after telling the bail bondsman she didn't have identification before he let her sign the release papers.

Miller says the guards and bail bondsman should have had photos of both women. The mix-up is being investigated by the jail.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Philly-area school has 14 sets of graduating twins

WARMINSTER, Pa. (AP) — Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins.

The 2014 graduating class of William Tennent High School in Bucks County includes five sets of male twins, seven sets of male/female twins and two sets of female twins.

School principal Dennis Best said he isn't surprised by the number among the 485 graduates.

"I am reminded of this on a daily basis while walking through the hallways and wondering 'How did I just walk by the same student twice?'" he said.

The twin birth rate rose 76 percent from 1980 through 2009, from 18.9 to 33.3 per 1,000 births, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. That means one in every 30 babies born in the United States was a twin in 2009 compared with one in every 53 in 1980.

Researchers have attributed the increase to growing use of fertility drugs and treatments and more births to older women, since mothers in their 30s are more likely to have twins than younger or older women.

One student, Nicole Alden, said being a twin with her brother Matt brings social advantages as her sibling has friends the same age, calling it "the best of both worlds."

"There's always knowing someone is there for you because they've been with you your entire life," Matt added.

Nicole Teeter, a biology teacher at Tennent, praised the sets of twins as being "some of the best kids in the school."

"They're a really nice group," he said. "They're polite, they're active, they're involved in the community and the school."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


Juvenile was held in contempt of court over pants

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appeals court is overturning a contempt charge placed on an Alachua County teen who was struggling with falling pants.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that Circuit Judge Stanley Griffis had no reason for the contempt charge. The teenager, whose name was not released, spent two days in a juvenile detention center.

Griffis ordered him to pull up his pants, but the teen told him they would not go up. This resulted in the teen's mother forcibly bringing him to a podium.

The juvenile then said something which prompted the bailiff to ask if something was funny.

Griffis cited the juvenile for throwing a "tantrum" and disputing the court.

The appeals court said both the record and a video do not support the charge.

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