Pat’s Picks: Friday, June 8
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 8 June 2012 9:25 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
Junior Alexander Guy is 49 years old and got his first cell phone last month. After two days of fielding threatening calls, he figured out what was happening: T-Mobile gave him George Zimmerman’s old number. The number, 407-435-2400, became public information when Zimmerman’s call to a police dispatcher on the night Trayvon Martin was killed was released. The Orlando Sentinel says Guy has since turned off the phone and is seeking damages from T-Mobile.
The rest of the world has moved on, but not Japan. The country, known for its tech-savvy, is apparently still in love with the fax machine. It’s common to send a party invite or a shopping order via fax. And the Washington Post says during the nuclear crisis last year, Fukushima workers got the news to government officials in Tokyo…via fax. Part of the infatuation has to do with the Japanese reverence for handwriting.
The New York Times says theft of car wheels is surging across the country, thanks to power tools that allow theives “pit crew”-like efficiency. Police say if you know what you’re doing, an entire wheel and its rim can be liberated from a vehicle in under two minutes.
Keith Elwin is a world-class athlete. His sport of choice? Pinball. The 41-year-old electronics technician is the world’s top-ranked pinball player and he’s gearing up to defend his title at this weekend’s Pinball World Championship. Elwin (a fellow Canadian) says he got into the game due to another of his passions: the Slurpee. The San Diego Union Tribune says when he was growing up, his local 7-11 had a pinball machine…and the rest is history.
Is La Roja (of Spain) the greatest team ever? Greater than the Yankees in the 1920s or the Bulls in the 90s? That’s the question pondered in the Wall Street Journal this morning. If the Spanish national soccer team wins this year’s Euro 2012, which they are gearing up to do, they’ll have accomplished what no team has before: back to back European championships with a World Cup win in the middle.
Erin Moran has seen happier days, says the New York Post. The “Happy Days” actress (she played Joanie Cunningham) is apparently living in a trailer park in Indiana. Moran and her husband lost their house in California in a 2010 foreclosure. But things might be looking up—a judge has ruled that Moran and her former “Happy Days” colleagues are entitled to merchandise royalties from the show.
I’ll have an order of earplugs, please. The LA Times says restaurants have become so noisy that Yelp has starting using noise as one of its review metrics. OpenTable has followed suit. The site now categorizes restaurants as “quiet,” “moderate” or “energetic”—the latter meaning, don’t expect to hear your companions.
What’s the cheapest way to fly to the US from Canada? Drive there first. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on Canadians who live near the border and drive to US airports in search of much lower airfares, mainly as a result of much lower taxes. Low-cost carrier Allegiant is now operating flights in several border towns after noticing the demand. And officials in Plattsburg, which is just 60 miles south of Montreal, have turned a former Army base into “l’aéroport américain de Montréal.”
Snowmobiling fans, take note. The Wall Street Journal says you don’t have to wait until winter to get in some runs. In Minnesota, summer snowmobiling on lakes is a popular sport. The pastime got its start in the 1970s, when anxious snowmobilers decided to see if they could drive on water. Apparently, they can. The Journal says the best competitors can keep going until their machines run out of gas. VIDEO
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