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Newborn ends up in woman’s pant leg

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. – A woman gave birth to a boy outside a western Pennsylvania hospital, a delivery that happened so quickly that the infant wound up in the woman’s pants.

“It happened so fast,” Rebecca Johnson, 24, told the Daily Courier in Connellsville. “I didn’t know what happened until he was in my pant leg.”

Johnson had just gotten out of the car at Highlands Hospital in Connellsville and was still in the parking lot when her 5-pound, 15-ounce son, Mason Matthew Parkinson, arrived Wednesday.

An emergency room physician cut the umbilical cord in the parking lot, and doctors attended to Johnson until she could be taken to Uniontown Hospital, which has a maternity unit.

Mason, Johnson’s fourth child, was doing well.

Students allegedly fake snow day

TRENTON, Ohio – Two teenage girls are accused of gaining unauthorized access to their school district’s Web site and posting a fake winter school closing, police said.

Edgewood City Schools Superintendent Tom York said he was perplexed when he entered the Web site to announce a one-hour delay for cold and found an announcement that school was canceled for snow – which wasn’t in the forecast.

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The two Edgewood High School students were charged Jan. 9 and face expulsion. The fake notice, posted Feb. 5, confused many parents and persuaded some students to stay home.

York said he ordered a delay because of an extreme cold snap. But the notice on the Web site kept flipping between a one-hour delay and cancellation, he said. The district could not explain itself to angry parents while the investigation was ongoing.

One of the girls, 16, was charged with delinquency by unauthorized use of a computer and by reason of records tampering. The other girl, 17, was charged with delinquency by reason of complicity to those crimes, Sheriff’s Sgt. Monte Mayer said. Their names were not released.

The company that runs the Web site, RCH Networks Inc. of Middletown, said the system was not hacked. Administrators say the girls must have gotten the password somehow.

RCH helped the district find the suspects by supplying the identification numbers from computers that accessed the system, which authorities could then track to the girls’ homes.

Wikipedia not source for papers

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury College history students are no longer allowed to use Wikipedia in preparing class papers.

The school’s history department recently adopted a policy that says it’s OK to consult the popular online encyclopedia, but that it can’t be cited as an authoritative source by students.

The policy says, in part, “Wikipedia is not an acceptable citation, even though it may lead one to a citable source.”

History professor Neil Waters says Wikipedia is an ideal place to start research but an unacceptable way to end it.

Man fakes kidnapping to hide crash

SAN RAFAEL, California – A man who allegedly faked his own kidnapping to keep his wife from finding out he crashed her new car could face criminal charges, police said.

Jorge Alberto Mejia, 35, told police two kidnappers held him up at gunpoint at a San Rafael bar Saturday and ordered him to drive to Santa Rosa, California, where he purposely crashed the car into a wall to escape.

Under questioning Monday, Mejia admitted to investigators he made the story up, including detailed descriptions of the nonexistent kidnappers.

“As far as we can tell, he was alone in the car,” police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said.

Mejia was actually heading to a casino in Sonoma County, California, when he accidentally crashed his wife’s 2007 Ford Focus and was worried about how she would react, Rohrbacher said.

Police were still considering whether to file charges against Mejia for making a false report.

Batman puts schools on lockdown

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – To an Arizona middle school, Batman! Three schools in the north Phoenix suburb of Cave Creek were on lockdown for about 45 minutes Feb 14 after a student at Desert Arroyo Middle School reported seeing a person dressed as Batman run across campus, jump a fence and disappear into the desert, Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said.

The student described the person as 6 feet 3 inches tall and possibly male.

Officers combed the desert around the middle school. A nearby elementary school and high school also were on lockdown as officers sought the caped crusader.

The result – no Batman.