Thursday 18 January 2018

9/11 firefighter joy

A New York fireman who was one of the first on the scene of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center has won $5m in the lottery. Carmelo Mercado (63), rushed to the scene of the attack shortly after the second tower collapsed and spent two days searching the rubble at Ground Zero.

The toll it took on his lungs forced him to retire from duty three years later. But it seems that karma has stepped in and, after buying two scratch cards in the New York lottery, Mr Mercado hit the jackpot.

Bubba's Hazzard

US golfer Bubba Watson is to paint over the Confederate flag on the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, as part of a growing backlash against the rebel symbol from the US Civil War.

The top golfer, who owns the car, announced the move by tweeting that he believed "all men are created equal".

The flag divides opinion in the US, symbolising racism to its critics - and southern heritage to its defenders.

The debate was revived by a recent gun attack on a black church in Charleston as the suspect behind the murder of nine churchgoers, Dylann Roof, appeared in many photos holding the flag.

Resort gone to pot

A planned pot-friendly resort in Colorado has been snuffed out before it opened.

A 'marijuana tourism' company had touted weed-friendly activities, such as hiking and fishing at a 170-acre ranch just outside Durango, but the deal fell through after the 'CannaCamp' announcement made international headlines and became the butt of jokes on late-night TV.

The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, said it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp.

Crime report

News crews from two TV stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol- whipped during live broadcasts.

The robbery and assault occurred on San Francisco's famous waterfront as several camera crews were broadcasting live reports about a killing at nearby Pier 14 on the Embarcadero, a popular spot for tourists. The cameraman was examined at the scene and was not taken to hospital.

The robber drove away in a black BMW with two cameras and two tripods from stations KTVU and KNTV. Television and newspaper crews have been robbed in the San Francisco Bay Area several times in recent years, and many travel with armed guards.

Irish Independent

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