American Cancer Society says no to racy benefit

Sunday, February 22, 2004

ASHTABULA, Ohio -- When the naked truth about Danny Zezzo's fund raiser came out, the American Cancer Society rebuffed the donation. Zezzo had planned to give the proceeds from Friday's International Calendar Men show in this northeast Ohio town to the local cancer society. The Cleveland-based calendar men dance and strip down to G-strings. Vida Prekler, executive director of the American Cancer Society in Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties, said Zezzo didn't originally represent the event as a male revue. Prekler said Zezzo told her his mother, father and sister died of cancer and he was going to have a post-Valentine's Day benefit. Zezzo said he made it clear it would be a male revue. Zezzo, a local club disc jockey, said the show will go on. He may use the profits to jump-start another fund raiser for the society -- or just keep the money.

British woman fined for registering cows to vote

LONDON -- Brenda Gould is in trouble again for registering her cows as voters. For a second year, the woman from Newmarket, near Cambridge in eastern England, has listed two names on the registration form who turned out to be cows, East Cambridgeshire District Council reported. The previous year, in addition to registering two cows as "Henry and Sophie Bull," she listed "Jake Woofles," later found to be a dog, as eligible to vote, the council said. Gould, who has said she put the names down as a joke, failed to appear at Ely Magistrates Court on Tuesday. She was convicted in her absence and ordered to pay a $189 fine and $208 in costs.

Stinky W.Va. courthouse draws complaints

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Workers fed up with the stink of sewage gas that wafts through the building housing Berkeley County Magistrate Court are demanding that the county do something about it. More than two dozen workers, including magistrates, showed up unannounced at the Berkeley County Commission's meeting on Thursday to complain about the noxious fumes. "The smell was so bad this morning it would make your eyebrows fall out," Magistrate Harry Snow said. Magistrate Joan Bragg said the stomach-churning smell has sporadically filled the building, a former school, for at least 15 years. Assistant prosecutor Richard Stephens said he almost passed out Thursday after leaving a hearing. Circuit Judge David Sanders told the magistrates he would authorize the closure of magistrate court if they or their staff believe their health or safety is at risk.

Woman having baby interrupts Pa. drug bust

MILLVALE, Pa. -- The police chief in this western Pennsylvania town left the scene of a drug arrest when the frantic 911 call came: A woman was in labor in rush-hour traffic and was in danger of not getting to the hospital in time. Chief Dean Girty drove to find the woman on Route 28 around 7 a.m. Thursday and realized she was close to delivering the baby. He put Candice Pilarski in the front seat of his cruiser and sped off. After safely bringing Pilarski to the hospital, he returned to the scene of the drug bust. "It was a split-second decision, either deliver the baby in front of all these people or get her to the hospital," Girty said. "It was close. I could feel the baby's head coming out." Pilarski had the baby four minutes after arriving at the hospital. "If I wasn't in pain, I would have been scared," she said. "We were going through red lights, riding in the bus lane on Fifth Avenue in the opposite direction of traffic. He didn't want me to have the baby in the car."

-- From wire reports

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