‘Hitler’ restaurant to change name
BOMBAY, India _” The owner of a restaurant named after Adolf Hitler said Aug. 17 he will change its name because it angered so many people. Puneet Sablok said he would remove Hitler’s name and the Nazi swastika from billboards and the menu. He had said the restaurant’s name _” “Hitler’s Cross” _” and symbols were only meant to attract attention. Sablok made the decision after meeting with members of Bombay’s small Jewish community.
“I don’t want to do business by hurting people,” he said. Bombay’s Jewish community welcomed Sablok’s decision to rename his restaurant. Bombay’s Jews had called the theme of the restaurant offensive and demanded a name change. There are about 5,500 Jews in India.
Some Indians regard Hitler as just another historical figure and have little knowledge about the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were systematically killed during World War II.
Firefighters shot at for not helping cat
KINGMAN, Ariz. _” A man angry at firefighters who refused to rescue a cat from a tree was arrested after he started shooting at the fire crew, officials said. Jeffrey Cullen, 58, was charged with four felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter said.
A three-person fire crew went to Cullen’s home Aug. 17 when he reported a tree fire, but found no blaze, Hualapai Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Sandy Edwards said. Instead, Cullen told firefighters he wanted a cat rescued from his tree and knew they would only respond to a fire call. A battalion chief told Cullen to call animal control or wait for the cat to get hungry and come down.
Cullen apparently didn’t like the response. “He went back into the house, got a small black revolver and came outside shooting,” she said. The firefighters and a 12-year-old boy who had come to see the fire truck ran for their lives. No one was injured.
Milwaukee is named ‘Drunkest City’
MILWAUKEE _” Milwaukee has been ranked by Forbes.com as “America’s Drunkest City” on a list of 35 major metropolitan areas ranked for their drinking habits.
On Aug. 22 Forbes said it used numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank cities in five areas: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alcoholism.
Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked second overall, followed by Columbus, Ohio; Boston; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Cleveland; Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., in a tie for ninth.
Rick DeMeyer, 28, said Wednesday as he was celebrating his birthday at G-Daddy’s BBC that he could understand Milwaukee’s ranking.
“I have had people stay with me from London and Chicago, and they can’t get over how much we drink,” he said. “I guess we do.”
Man sends porn pictures of ex-wife
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. _” A southeast Missouri man will go to jail for breaking into his ex-wife’s e-mail and sending pornographic pictures of her to her relatives.
Alfred Seals, 47, of Cape Girardeau, pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to misdemeanor tampering with computer data, and was sentenced to 20 days in jail.
Seals gained access to his wife’s e-mail account without her consent and then e-mailed the woman’s family a Web site link and message stating, “something nice to see,” according to a probable-cause statement.
The link took users to a Web site that contained several pornographic pictures Seals took of the woman when they were married.
The woman immediately suspected her ex-husband and went to police.