Immigration activists held
About 100 women were arrested on Thursday at a protest in Washington calling for the Congress to pass stalled immigration reform, police said. The US Capitol Police said the women were arrested for obstructing roadways in front of the House of Representatives. Several of the protesters were themselves undocumented, including one woman, Maria, who said she felt strongly enough about the need for immigration reform to risk deportation with her arrest. “That’s the same risk I live every day, when I take my daughters to school and when I go to work,” she said. “For 20 years I’ve been living in the shadows, and I’m tired of living that way,” she said.
Audio pioneer Dolby dies
Ray Dolby, the engineer who pioneered the noise reduction in audio recordings that produced clearer sound for music and movies, died on Thursday. He was 80. Dolby, whose name became synonymous with home sound systems and movie theaters and won an Oscar, a Grammy and two Emmys for his work, died at his home in San Francisco, said the company he founded, Dolby Laboratories. Dolby had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years and had been diagnosed with leukemia in July. “Though he was an engineer at heart, my father’s achievements in technology grew out of a love of music and the arts,” Dolby’s son, novelist Tom Dolby, said in a statement.
Molasses spill kills fish
Hawaiian health officials warned swimmers, surfers and snorkelers to stay out of the waters near Honolulu after a leak of 1,270 tonnes of molasses killed hundreds of fish, potentially attracting sharks. So many fish had died by Thursday that the Hawaii Department of Health tripled its cleanup crews. A brown plume was spotted seeping into Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon on Monday after a ship hauling molasses to the West Coast pulled out to sea. By Tuesday, a leak was discovered in a molasses pipeline used to load the sweet, sticky liquid onto ships operated by Matson Navigation Co.
Baggy pants foil getaway
A robber who was running away with his hands full of loot from an Orlando, Florida, church was caught when his baggy pants started slipping off, Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jane Watrel said. She said the man, Anthony Jason Garcia, 31, had been praying in the sanctuary of a large Catholic church near Walt Disney World on Wednesday when he arose, went into the gift shop, grabbed the cash drawer and ran toward the courtyard with church maintenance director Joe Larkin in pursuit. As they ran, Garcia’s baggy pants began to fall down, Watrel said. She said Larkin plunged for Garcia and pulled his pants down further, tripping him up.