Sinkhole disrupts 'happy hour' at eatery

Sunday, September 11, 2005

MILTON, Fla. -- About 25 customers and staff were evacuated from Ollie's Neighborhood Grill just as "happy hour" began after employees noticed floors and walls were uneven and seemed to have shifted. A sinkhole, likely caused by an underground spring, sent a steady stream of water flowing beneath the floors Thursday and caused the building to sink about six inches in some places, said owner Andy Leach. Santa Rosa County building inspector Bobby Burkett said the building may have to be condemned and razed. "You're not hardly going to stop an underground spring," he said.

Woman charged $1,133 for toenail clip at hospital

SEATTLE -- A lawsuit spawned by a $1,133 bill to clip a toenail and run some tests at a hospital has been certified as a class action. The ruling last week in King County Superior Court could raise the stakes by millions of dollars in a consumer protection case brought by Lori Mill against Virginia Mason Medical Center. Mill's lawyer, John Phillips, has obtained internal e-mail showing Virginia Mason doctors and staff have complained about the charges, court filings show. One unidentified doctor who had a procedure on his own toe at the downtown complex e-mailed Virginia Mason chief executive Dr. Gary Kaplan last year after being billed $1,200, including a facilities charge of $1,138. "I call it obscene," the doctor fumed.

Building landlord sues restaurateurs over ghosts

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The landlords of an Orlando entertainment complex are suing two restaurateurs for refusing to move into a building being renovated because they claim it is haunted. Subcontractors who worked there and other people have reported seeing ghosts or other apparitions, said Lynn Franklin, attorney for the restaurant owners. "It's very serious," Franklin said Thursday. "A lot of people are corroborating having seen incidents in this location." The $2.6 million lawsuit was filed last month. Franklin said Christopher Chung's religious beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness required him to "avoid encountering or having any association with spirits or demons." The lawsuit also asks a judge to decide whether the building is haunted and, if so, whether the ghosts would interfere with the restaurant's business. A company called Orlando Ghost Tours regularly led visitors through the property until it changed hands in 2001 and still begins its tours in front of the building.

-- From wire reports

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