Sat, Sep 19, 2009 - Page 7 News List

World News Quick Take

AGENCIES

■CUBA

YouTube star released

A man whose drunken outburst on hunger in Cuba made him an Internet celebrity was released from prison and sent to psychiatric ward for three weeks of alcoholism treatment, a human rights activist said on Thursday. Authorities had given Juan Carlos Gonzalez Marcos a two-year jail term for “public dangerousness” following his outburst during the filming of a documentary about Cuban music. The tirade was filmed and ended up on YouTube. Gonzalez Marcos appeared obviously inebriated when he burst into an interview for the documentary, waving his arms and screaming: “What we need here is a little bit of chow!” The video became a rallying cry for exile groups in South Florida, though Gonzalez Marcos later expressed regret that his outburst was used for political ends.

■UNITED STATES

Woman spends huge tip

A woman who worked catering events for the University of Notre Dame says it was her lucky day when the school tipped her US$29,000 in her check. But now the university is suing to get back the money she says she already spent. Sara Gaspar says in court documents filed this week that she “thought finally something wonderful had happened” in her life when the school paid her a US$29,387 tip on April 17. She said in court documents that she called the school’s catering department three times about the payment, but didn’t hear back until she received a threatening call from the school in June. Gaspar says by that point, she had spent the money on a new car and bills. Notre Dame contends Gaspar should have been paid only US$29.87, but was overpaid because of a typing error. The school says in a lawsuit filed on Aug. 27 that Gaspar did not notify the school, and spent the money knowing it wasn’t hers.

■UNITED STATES

Ball-hurler ‘honored golfers’

A man who says he hurled thousands of golf balls into Joshua Tree National Park for more than a year to honor deceased golfers will be explaining his tribute to a federal magistrate. Park rangers cited Douglas Jones, 57, for abandoning property, littering and feeding wildlife, the Desert Sun reported. Park spokesman Joe Zarki said on Wednesday that Jones tossed some 3,000 golf balls from his vehicle and left park literature and fruit and vegetables along park roads. He said the food was for stranded hikers.

■UNITED STATES

Naked motorcyclist charged

Authorities say a man was charged with driving under the influence after he was spotted riding his motorcycle naked on a highway in Florida. A deputy caught up with J. Dante Krauss, 45, at a red light and stopped him. Captain Mike Rolls says Krauss could not explain why he was naked. Rolls says the deputy asked him if he had been drinking, and he answered that he had. Breathalyzer tests revealed blood alcohol levels above 0.08 percent, the state’s legal limit to drive, resulting in Krauss’ fifth DUI.

■COLOMBIA

Gang robs police station

A gang of audacious thieves robbed a police station in Malambo, local media reported on Thursday. The heavily armed thieves had little trouble overpowering the lone officer in the small station in the Caribbean region. A police spokesman said the robbers took about US$5,000 from a safe. The cash — from a social program to help the poor — had been left there for safekeeping because the police station was considered secure. Three suspects have been arrested.

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