Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In the News

North Dakota city skips a day on new calendar
North Dakota residents and others relying on a new calendar issued by the city of Grand Forks will get a jump-start on February.
The recently issued City of Grand Forks 2010 Calendar is missing Sunday, Jan. 31.
City spokesman John Bernstrom says the error was noticed when boxes of the calendar printed by Fine Print of Grand Forks were opened before Christmas.
Bernstrom says if Jan. 31 had been a weekday in which there was garbage or recycling collection, the city would have issued a correction or public statement. Feb. 1 appears on the calendar as a Monday so the rest of the year is correct.
Fine Print President Kevin Kuntz says January is the coldest month of the year and having one day less works for him.
Boy's science project prompts school evacuation
Fire officials said a San Diego middle school was evacuated when a student's science project was mistaken for a bomb. Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said a vice principal's concerns prompted the evacuation of Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School Friday afternoon. Luque said an arson team took photos and x-rays of the empty plastic bottle with wires and determined it was harmless.
Luque says the 11-year-old boy was trying to build a motion detector from instructions he found on the Internet and parts he bought online with help from his father. His parents did not realize that the object looked threatening.
He said the student was "a genius-type kid" who undertook the project on his own, had no intentions of hurting anyone or causing any disruptions.