Cops find marijuana cannon
Police in the border city of Mexicali say they have recovered a powerful improvised cannon used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California. Police told the Televisa network that the device was made up of a plastic pipe and a crude metal tank that used compressed air from the engine of an old car. The apparatus fired cylinders packed with drugs that weighed as much as 13.5kg, police said. It was confiscated last week after US officers told Mexican police that they had been confiscating a large number of drug packages that appeared to have been fired over the border.
Homeless man strikes it rich
A homeless man will soon have well over US$100,000 after returning an engagement ring to a woman who accidentally dropped it in his cup earlier this month. Sarah Darling’s fiance set up a Web site seeking donations for Billy Ray Harris, who frequently panhandles on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. By Monday, more than 6,000 people had donated more than US$145,000 to the fund. Harris discovered the ring about an hour after Darling dumped spare change from her coin purse into his cup. She had taken off her ring earlier that day and put it with the coins. “The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive,” Harris told KCTV. Darling was horrorstruck when she realized the next day what she had done. She went back to Harris and told him that she might have given him something valuable. “‘Was it a ring?”’ he recalled asking her. “And she says, ‘Yeah.’ And I said ‘Well, I have it.’” Darling gave Harris all the cash she had in her wallet at the time. “It seemed like a miracle,” Darling said. “I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back.” In explaining why he did not keep the ring, Harris said he had a religious upbringing.
Body found in pieces
A man walking his dog discovered a woman’s body chopped up and placed in several bags in New York on Tuesday, police said. They were walking in the Bronx neighborhood when they came across “several body parts — torso, head, legs, hands, feet,” a police spokesman said. “The dog was attracted to the bag and he went to the bag,” the officer said. “The man picked up the bag, looked inside, and discovered some body parts,” and several other bags were recovered from the area. A “person of interest” was being questioned, but the victim had not yet been fully identified. A report in the New York Post said the woman was 45 and that her 22-year-old son was being questioned.
Batman to lose Robin
Batman may be able to save the world, but he lost his sidekick Robin — who in his current incarnation is his son — in the upcoming Batman Incorporated comic book series. DC Comics said the caped crusader’s young assistant, Batman alter ego Bruce Wayne’s son Damian, would die in yesterday’s issue No. 8. “This master theme of damaged and ruined families was nowhere more in evidence than in the creation of Damian, the first ‘Son of Batman’ to be acknowledged in the canon,” series writer Grant Morrison said in a statement. “In many ways this has been Damian’s story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne and it’s a story that had its end planned a long time ago — for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?” The good news for those who might miss Robin is that in the comics universe characters who are killed can return.