Friday July 23rd, 2010 on The Todd & Don Show
7/23/2010 2:00:00 AM
DOORBELL PRANK GOES WRONG
A homeowner in his underwear chased down and tackled a 14-year-old who was pulling a late-night prank called the "ding dong ditch." The teen was bloodied by the takedown by the homeowner, who now faces charges because the boy's family believes he used excessive force. The teen suffered a cut on his elbow, a bruise over his eye and a bloody lip, according to the police report. But the homeowner caught the boy on his property…was the homeowner justified in self defense to do what he did? Or does the teen’s parents have a legal case?
The Senate has said no to more than $20 billion in domestic spending tacked on to a $60 billion war funding bill. The House had sent the Senate the bill with things added on like grants to school districts and better security along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate sent the bill back to the House, minus the $20 billion add-on.
Three city administrators in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell have agreed to resign after a public outcry. Bell is one of the poorest LA suburbs, but the three officials made a total of more than $1.6 million a year. The resignations came following a special City Council meeting Thursday night.
Happy 114th Eunice Sanborn. Or is it 115th? Sanborn is the nation's oldest person and the second oldest in the world. The Gerontology Research Group in Los Angeles lists Sanborn as being born on July 20, 1896, but she insists she was born a year earlier, in 1895. In any case, Sanborn had a birthday party earlier this week at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas. A local paper reports about 100 people helped the nation's most-senior, senior citizen celebrate.
There's a diamond in bride-to-be Jaclyn Valvoda's future. But it's a baseball diamond. She and Brandon Smith will be married on Roosevelt Field, in Mason City, Iowa, July 31. Smith played there while going to Mason City High. He the tells the Globe Gazette that he has so many memories as a player and a coach. But it was his fiancee's idea to have a baseball field wedding. On the big day, both the bride and groom will be escorted out to the pitcher's mound by their parents. Then they'll walk to home plate where the ceremony will take place. It's not likely anybody will be arguing with the ump's call.
A restaurant manager charges three women skipped out on their dinner tab. But they left something behind, two of their purses. The manager of a Waffle House in Springfield, Missouri, says the trio didn't pay a $39 bill. He tells a local paper one of the women returned and demanded the forgotten handbags. The woman left again, when the manager said she had to wait for the law. Police say those purses have the women's I-D's.
There was more than inspiration in one copy of the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul.'' Authorities in Santa Barbara County, California, charge a woman was secretly videotaped with a camera hidden in the book. Investigators say the bugged book was on the shelf in the woman's bedroom. Deputies busted Donald Lee Bedford and seized his computers. A sheriff's spokesman says the hidden camera had recorded the woman and her boyfriend in what's termed "various states of undress.''
Cycle racing legend Lance Armstrong doesn't need a roommate. But he was planning on one last night -- his ten-year-old son, Luke. Seven-time champ Armstrong won't win this year's Tour de France. He's well back in the pack. He's also a big enough name that he doesn't have to share a room with other racers. But Armstrong says his eldest son is working for the team. So, he is Armstrong's first roommate in seven years. Armstrong says he'll take the small bed, while son Luke gets the big one.
The National Zoo in Washington is getting some very important visitors -- four giant Japanese salamanders. The zoo is opening a breeding center for threatened amphibians. The salamanders can grow up to five feet long. It's the first attempt to breed them outside of Japan. The salamanders come from a zoo in Hiroshima, where local school kids named one Hiro. Researchers hope the National Zoo's breeding program will help them understand why a fungus is endangering many species of amphibians.