The Odd Side – May 12, 2015

‘Serial Stowaway’ Was Arrested At Chicago Airport Last Month

(Reuters) – A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial airline flights was arrested at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in late April after she was found in a restricted area without a ticket, police said on Tuesday.

Marilyn Hartman, 64, was taken into custody on April 24 after police determined that she had no ticket and no official business or reason to be in the terminal, said Officer Barri Lemmon of the Chicago Police Department.

Hartman, who had been observed loitering near a ticket counter in the airport’s international terminal, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and ordered to appear in court on May 29, Lemmon said.

Hartman, a retired legal secretary, has gained national attention for hanging around airports without tickets and attempting to board flights.

She has been arrested multiple times and sentenced to jail, including last year in California after sneaking onto a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles.

 Austrian Baker Causes Stir With ‘Tasteless’ 9/11 Cake

(Reuters) – A Vienna baker has stirred up anger by making a cake depicting Austria’s main political parties as New York’s twin towers coming under attack from opposition party aircraft.

“It’s ironic that a baker has no taste,” wrote one critic on the website of a newspaper that highlighted the unusual creation. “I would call this incitement to terrorism,” wrote another.

But baker Thomas Kienbauer defended his work on Tuesday, saying it represented legitimate political commentary.

“The cake is supposed to represent the collapse of the ‘grand coalition’,” he told Reuters, referring to the center-left Social Democrats (SPO) and the conservative People’s Party (OVP), who share power and have dominated post-war politics here.

He said he was inspired by the fact that the attacks on the World Trade Center towers by Islamist terrorists using hijacked aircraft took place on September 11, 2001 (9/11), while Vienna local elections will take place this year on Oct. 11 (10/11).

Kienbauer brushed off the anger.

“Most people who see this cake interpret it immediately as lots of people lost their lives and … blah blah blah. Few see the purpose behind the whole thing,” he said.

City to Sell Land After Nonprofit Builds Home on Wrong Lot

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Officials in one Massachusetts city are moving to sell a city-owned lot that Habitat for Humanity mistakenly built a home on.

The sale would allow the family that lives there to stay.

The Republican in Springfield reports that the home was built in 2012, but the mistake wasn’t discovered until a year later. The nonprofit was supposed to build a home on the adjacent parcel.

The city council voted this week to give first-step approval to a bill that will allow Springfield to sell the lot to Habitat for $3,000. Generally, the city has to seek competing proposals either through an auction or a formal request for proposals.

Habitat officials say the home was one of several it built for low-income families displaced by the 2011 tornado.

No Offense to Royals: Monkey In Japan Keeps Name Charlotte

TOKYO (AP) – A monkey born in a Japanese zoo will keep its name Charlotte, after all.

Oita city officials settled a national debate over whether calling the monkey Charlotte offends its British royal namesake.

The officials said Friday they will stick to their first choice because there was no protest from Britain’s royal family.

“We have decided to respect the feelings of the people who voted for the name to congratulate the birth of the princess,” said city spokesman Kazuyuki Adachi.

The name flap began when the popular Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden named a newborn macaque Charlotte, which was the favorite in a public ballot. Immediately after the decision was announced, the zoo was flooded with protests from some Japanese who said it was disrespectful to British royals.

Adachi said officials took seriously the views of both sides.

Oita Mayor Kiichiro Sato endorsed the decision, saying: “[The monkey] is given a wonderful and cute name, Charlotte. I think we should stick to Charlotte.”

Bangladesh Mobile Phones Can’t Ring National Anthem

DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Monday banned the use of the national anthem as a ringtone for mobile telephones or for any other commercial purpose.

“The national anthem can’t be used as a business tool,” the Supreme Court said, upholding a 2010 high court ruling.

The national anthem, “Amar Shonar Bangla,” or My “Golden Bengal,” is based on the first 10 lines of a 1905 song written by Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

The song was adopted as the anthem in 1972.

Bangladesh is one of the fastest-growing telecom markets in the region, with 124 million mobile phone users.

Baby Kangaroo, Four Baby Goats Stolen From Wisconsin Zoo

Milwaukee (Reuters) – A five-month-old kangaroo named Joey was taken from its mother’s pouch and stolen along with four baby goats from a zoo in eastern Wisconsin, local police said on Monday.

The animals were taken from a winter holding barn a few miles from the Special Memories Zoo in Greenville, according to Terry Hammen, a lieutenant at the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department.

Hammen said zoo officials and authorities are especially concerned about the kangaroo’s wellbeing because it needs to stay with its mother for its first year of life.

Zoo officials were not immediately available for comment.

Greenville is about 30 miles southwest of Green Bay near Appleton, Wisconsin.