News at a Glance

By Sarah Masker

Elm Staff Writer

1.) Could students complaining of sore feet be hiding crack in their shoes? A 3-year-old Boston schoolgirl complained that her foot was hurting, and when her teacher removed the girl’s sneaker, she discovered 17 small bags containing crack cocaine. Upon investigation, police discovered that the drugs belonged to a friend of the girl’s mother.

2.) It’s a nightmare in New York City, and it seems to have found its way to Paris. The bedbug problem has spread so drastically that more than 600 locations in the city have been treated for infestations. Paris, a city that thrives on a multi-billion dollar tourist industry, will have to wait and see if this infestation evolves into a full-blown outbreak.

3.) No one likes hotheaded politicians—especially 13-year-olds Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff of Chappaqua, New York. These two friends were selling baked goods in a public park when New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn called the police because the boys did not have a permit. Talk about a distasteful decision. Aolnews. com

4.) The Piggy Bank—a staple of frugal children everywhere— is embracing its name with a newfound identity. Thanks to, a novelty retailer out of Vancouver, you can spend $4,000 to receive an authentic taxidermied piglet piggy bank. As of today, the retailer has yet to sell one of these piglet banks…and they shouldn’t expect any sales from Winnie the Pooh fans.

5.) Apple has finally done it: iTunes now has the right to sell the Beatles’ music. The iTunes store is currently selling all of the original album songs individually, or customers can purchase all of the albums as a collective set for $149, which includes many extras, including photos and videos.

6.) It doesn’t take much to scare the alligators down in New Orleans. When an alligator threateningly crawled onshore close to where some visiting Canadian kids were playing, a local cat came between the alligator and the children, hissing and refusing to move. The alligator ventured no further and soon returned to the water, only to return later with a friend. When the cat repeated his defense, both alligators returned to the water, leaving their conqueror to be lovingly cuddled by the children.

7.) It’s one thing to want to look like Lady Gaga. It’s quite another to want to smell like her. Coty Inc. has signed the pop star to design and market her own signature perfume. “Lady Gaga is explosive, provocative and sexy, three traits which pave the way for an extraordinary fragrance experience for customers,” said Coty CEO Bernd Beetz. The company hopes that this scent will draw customers from Lady Gaga’s enormous fan base—they wonder if it may even cross gender lines.

8.) The presidential memoir, usually a disaster as far as literature is concerned, made a splash in the publishing world as George W. Bush’s memoir “Decision Points” sold over 220,000 copies on its first day of release, with 50,000 e-sales. In a world of the Kindle and Nook, electronic book sales are significantly contributing to a growing digital market. Reviews for the book have been mixed, as is typical for presidential memoirs.

9.) As winter and the joy of the season approach, holiday-themed musicals are popping up on Broadway. This year, the Al Hirschfeld Theatre will be showing “Elf,” an adaptation from the 2003 film. The show, which opened on Sunday, has received two and a half out of four stars, but should be a family-friendly, fun city experience for this year’s Big Apple visitors. USAToday. com

10.) Apparently listening to radio hosts report from a traditional studio is too boring for listeners in today’s world. Maria Holland of Basildon Hospital Radio in Essex, U.K., spent over four hours underwater reporting from a dive studio tank, attempting to break the record for the longest underwater radio broadcast. As is the case with most world records, the point behind this particular effort has yet to be determined.

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