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Woman in Labor Stops to Vote, Men Cited for Cooking Chickens in Hot Springs and Other Bizarre Stories.
Church Employee Sued For Urinating On Woman
A Detroit woman is suing a North Carolina pastor for allegedly urinating on her during an airplane flight as she slept.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Alicia Beverly has sued well-known Raleigh, N.C., church employee Daniel Chalmers for committing acts of negligence, gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, sexual assault and battery and infliction of emotional distress. She is also suing the church that hired him for negligent hiring, training, supervision and vicarious liability.
Beverly says she placed a mask over her eyes and went to sleep soon after taking off on a Delta flight from Las Vegas, Nev., to Detroit, Mich. She was awakened about 45 minutes into the flight by the feeling that something warm was touching her. She reportedly removed the mask to find Chalmers standing next to her with his penis exposed. The man was allegedly urinating directly on her. Beverly screamed and an off-duty police officer intervened and restrained the man.
Chalmers resigned from his non-pastoral role at Catch the Fire Raleigh-Durham church following the incident. Pastors there “expressed grief and horror” over his role in the incident. He was responsible for teaching assignments and communications projects at the church.
According to police reports, Chalmers smelled of alcohol at the time of arrest. He admitted to having “a couple drinks” before the flight and said that the alcohol had a reaction with prescription medication he was taking at the time.
Group Accused of Cooking Chickens in Hot Spring
Officials cited three men for cooking chickens in a Yellowstone National Park hot spring.
According to East Idaho News, a witness reported seeing a group hiking toward Shoshone Geyser Basin and carrying cooking pots last August. The park ranger on duty investigated and discovered a group of 10 people, including a child, in possession of cooking pots. In the nearby hot spring, the ranger found a burlap sack containing two whole chickens.
The group was advised by the ranger, and three men were cited for foot traffic in a thermal area. One of the men was ordered to appear in court over the incident on Sept. 10. He reportedly pleaded guilty for the citation and for violating closures and use limits.
The unnamed man was ordered to pay $1,800 in fines and serve two years of unsupervised probation. He was also banned from Yellowstone National Park until 2022.
Voter Stops at the Polls On the Way to Give Birth
A woman who was in labor made her husband stop on the way to the hospital so she could vote.
According to CNN Karen Briceño González, a worker at the voter service department at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando, Fla., was confused when a man approached her with two IDs.
“I was helping at the counter with the voters for early voting, and I got a gentleman handing me two driver’s licenses,” Briceño González told CNN. “I was telling him, ‘No, I just need yours. If the other person wants to come in and vote, they can.’ And he said, ‘No, you don’t understand. My wife’s going to have a baby.’ ”
The man’s wife reportedly refused to go to the hospital before voting. “I have not seen anything like this before, but our job is to make sure that every eligible voter votes,” said Briceño González. “No matter the circumstances, we’re going to ensure that they vote, even if it’s someone in labor in a car.”
Briceño González went out to the car and verified the woman’s identity. She said the woman appeared calm when she received her ballot. While she finished filling out her ballot, Briceño González waited outside the car.
“She just thanked me and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, thank you for making it so easy,’ ” Briceño González said. “It wasn’t a lot of conversation. I think she was concentrating on herself.”
Official Uses “WAP” Video to Promote Assistance Program
A Milwaukee county supervisor recently apologized for using the explicit Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion “WAP” song to advertise the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program—which happens to share the same acronym as the song title.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that County Supervisor Ryan Clancy published a Facebook post featuring an image of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion that was taken from the music video for “WAP.” Clancy captioned the image with, “Weatherization Assistance Program. There’s some holes in this house”—paraphrasing the lyrics of the song.
The program Clancy was promoting provides low-income homeowners and renters with energy-efficient improvements that lower the cost of utility bills. The program managers were not amused by the post and asked Clancy to remove it.
The county supervisor removed the post and apologized. “What I was hoping to do was both to draw attention to a really good program phenomenally run by Black women here at the county while also trying to make reference to a song which, at its core, has to do with empowerment, reclaiming language and destigmatization,” said Clancy. “It didn’t land well.”
Baby Shark: Most Watched Video on YouTube
The viral sensation “Baby Shark” has officially become the most watched video ever on YouTube.According to BBC News, the video has been played 7.04 billion times. That would mean that, played back-to-back, “Baby Shark” has been streamed continuously for 30,187 years. [ ]