OWN GOAL!:Diego Maradona has undergone emergency surgery after one of his own dogs bit him on the face.
The 49-year-old has left a Buenos Aires clinic after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his lip following the attack. An official at the Los Arcos clinic, who declined to be identified, said Maradona was discharged and was in good condition.
Argentine news reports said Maradona was playing with his Shar Pei when it bit him at his home in the Buenos Aires suburb of Ezeiza. –– Sky.
INTO THE FIRE: US police say a motorist fleeing officers in Cleveland abandoned his car and jumped a fence — landing in what turned out to be a prison yard.
Garfield Heights police say the chase started in that suburb early Monday over a traffic violation and reached speeds of 150 km/h.
Police say that after a race through several communities, the driver and a passenger bolted from the car and headed for a fence.
They apparently did not realise it was on the outside of the state women’s prison in Cleveland.
They were arrested along with two other passengers who also tried to flee. –– AP.
COSTLY PROCEDURE: A US woman’s new breasts have cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced Monday in Westminster for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12 000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction.
The 30-year-old woman had pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail and was placed on three years’ probation. Restitution was also ordered by the Westminster judge, but the amount wasn’t immediately clear.
Pampellonne used a line of credit established in another person’s name to get the September 2008 procedures at the Pacific Centre for Plastic Surgery. –– AP.
EARLY WARNING HOPPERS:Scientists say common toads are able to predict when an earthquake is about to strike and get out of the way in advance.
Biologists in the Journal of Zoology say large numbers of toads fled from breeding areas five days before an Italian earthquake in 2009.
This –– combined with fact they started returning to the area after the last aftershock –– is used as evidence the toad were reacting to seismic activity.
While many other animals like fish and snakes are said to react to earthquakes before they happen, this is normally by a matter of minutes and not days.
But before you start chasing toads whenever you see them move, remember that not every jump means there’s going to be an earthquake.
The discovery was only made because researchers from the Open University were conducting a study on toad breeding sites in Italy at the time surrounding the quake. –– Newslite.
PRISON BREAK-IN: A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to break back into the jail where he had been held following his conviction in a manslaughter case, local media reported on Wednesday.
A judge sentenced Sylvester Jiles (25) to the maximum 15-year penalty on Monday after his conviction earlier this year for the attempted break-in at the Brevard County Detention Centre.
He apparently feared violent reprisals from family members of the manslaughter victim and suffered severe cuts when he tried scaling a 3,65-metre barbed wire fence to break into the jail.
The newspaper said Jiles had been released on probation from the jail a week before he tried to force his way back inside. –– AP.