Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal had a close call with a train Friday-- while holding a press conference-- about train safety.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.: Safety as you know is paramount…
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That's Milford Mayor Ben Blake speaking-- at the Metro North station.
Blumenthal-- along with his visual aid-- is standing on the yellow warning strip bordering the track.
A press aide for Metro North tells the New York Daily News-- no one asked for permission to hold an event next to the tracks-- and did not ask for their help-- executing the news conference safely.
Kids These Days
In an age where it seems just about every teenager has an iPhone-- and experts warn about the dangers of kids spending too much time watching TV and playing video games—
A group of girls spending the afternoon building a fort -- and having a picnic outdoors --should be applauded-- right?
Not according to the police in Northumbria, Great Britain.
The teens were ordered to stop what police considered anti-social behavior.
One of the girls' mothers told the Chronicle she was delighted that her daughter and friends were spending their days outdoors.
Police say they had received a complaint about teens hanging out in the woods--
They determined no crime had been committed-- and sent the girls home.
Miss America is coming to the defense-- of a high school student sent to detention-- for asking her to prom.
Nina Davuluri was speaking at an assembly at Central York High School-- when Patrick Farves popped the question.
The school says he had been warned in advance-- not to do it.
He has to spend three days in in-school suspension for disobeying.
Davuluri says she contacted the school to ask them to reconsider.
As for the prom-- the beauty queen says she cannot attend-- because of her busy travel schedule.
Cut it Out
And finally-- a man arrested-- for cutting his neighbor's grass.
The problem -- the neighbor did not ask him to mow the lawn-- and he was reportedly too drunk-- to stay on the mower.
A Murfreesboro, Tennessee police report says -- Patrick Moore claimed someone recruited him to cut the grass-- but he couldn't remember who.
He also apparently could not sit on the mower without falling off.
Moore was charged with public intoxication.
If he gets community service -- perhaps he can go back and finish the lawn.