Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Escalator malfunctions and injures 5 people

Five people suffered minor injuries in a bizarre and terrifying escalator malfunction at the Exchange Place PATH station this morning. Because really, the last thing you want to have happen on a Monday morning is to have your crowded "up" escalator start going down. Fast.

Gay Scout, Approved For Eagle Honor Despite Group's National Ban

In what may be a precedent-setting decision, a California chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has approved a gay former member's Eagle Scout application, despite the national organization's ban on gay participants.

Ryan Andresen, 18, was a scout from the San Francisco area when he was denied his Eagle Scout award in October 2011, NBC News reports. Andresen had come out in July and had completed all the requirements for the Eagle honor, including helping spearhead the construction of a “Tolerance Wall” at a local middle school to raise awareness about bullying.

Mother wakes to python wrapped around her 2-year-old daughter

Tess Guthrie, 22, of Lismore in the state’s north, was asleep with her daughter Zara in her bed when she woke at around 3:30am to find her cat on the bed hissing.

"I heard the cat hissing on the bed which is what woke me up in the first place," Ms Guthrie told Nine News.

"I thought it was a dream when I saw the python wrapped around Zara and I didn't think it was real."