Grandma foils robbery
Authorities in Georgia say a grandmother foiled a robbery attempt by two armed men by getting into a shootout with them and wounding one man. Police told the Telegraph that Lulu Campbell had just dropped off her grandson at her daughter’s house early on Saturday morning when someone outside her car demanded money and threatened to shoot her. Campbell said the man fired at her, missing. The 57-year-old fired back, striking him in the chest. Her truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood and one in the grill. Both front side windows were destroyed. The second man fled after she shot at him.
Number of illegals falls
A new study shows that the number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the country has dropped significantly for the first time in decades. The figures represent a dramatic shift as many illegal workers return to Mexico. The analysis of census data from both sides of the border found that about 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the country last year, down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007. The Pew Hispanic Center report attributed much of the drop to the economic downturn, which has shrunk construction jobs attractive to Mexican workers.
Beautiful bulldog crowned
A two-year-old bulldog with a fetching face and a winning personality was crowned the winner of this year’s “Beautiful Bulldog” contest in Des Moines, Iowa. Tyson beat out 49 other pups for the honor on Monday in the tongue-in-cheek contest, now in its 33rd year. The event starts festivities at the annual Drake Relays track and field meet. Tyson beat out a cast of costumed and cleverly named characters, such as RocketMan, Matilda Rose and Chief McBeef.
Dairy cow record broken
A Holstein cow named Smurf from a farm east of Ottowa has set a new world record for the most milk produced in a lifetime — 216,891kg over 15 years, and she is still producing. “That’s the equivalent of more than 1 million glasses of milk,” said Smurf’s owner Eric Patenaude, a sixth-generation dairy farmer. Guinness World Records confirmed the record on Monday. The average dairy cow yields about 35,000kg of milk in a lifetime, or less than 50 liters per day. Smurf produces approximately the same daily amount, but has lived three times longer than most dairy cows. It is her “longevity and consistency” that won her the prize, which also earned Smurf “Udder Accolades” from a local newspaper, Patenaude said. “That’s how she’s produced so much milk.”
Cuban actors vanish
Two Cuban actors starring in a film about defecting to the US went missing while en route to a New York festival where they were scheduled to appear at the movie’s premiere last week, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday. Actress Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and actor Javier Nunez Florian, cast members of Una Noche (One Night), failed to appear at the Tribeca Film Festival debut on Thursday, prompting reports that the two may have defected — a case of real life imitating art. The film, directed by New York University film school graduate Lucy Mulloy, follows the journey of three Cuban teenagers trying to escape the poverty of their homeland to start a new life in Miami.