Barbara Billingsley Dead
Even decades after the show ended, Barbara Billingsley expressed surprise at the lasting affection people had for “Leave it to Beaver” and her role as the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys.
The actress, who gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver in the 1950s television series, died Saturday after a long illness. She was 94.
“We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written,” Billingsley said in 1994. “But we had no idea what was ahead. People still talk about it and write letters, telling how much they watch it today with their children and grandchildren.”
Billingsley, who had suffered from a rheumatoid disease, died at her home in Santa Monica, said family spokeswoman Judy Twersky.
That’s school authorities.
A $4 rubber bracelet meant to raise breast cancer awareness has done that and more: Students nationwide are wearing the “I ♥ boobies” wristbands, and running afoul of school administrators.
Schools from California to Florida have banned the bracelets because they believe the “boobies” language is inappropriate.
The bracelets are marketed by a California-based nonprofit created to raise breast cancer awareness among youth. The Keep A Breast Foundation has sold 2 million of the bracelets so far, with the money going to breast cancer research and education programs.
OBION COUNTY, Tenn. – Imagine your home catches fire but the local fire department won’t respond, then watches it burn. That’s exactly what happened to a local family tonight.
A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.
The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning.
Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay.
The teenager who defecated in a man’s car – mistakenly thinking it was his girlfriend’s – has been convicted and sentenced to probation.
Austin Horries Purifoy, 19, is headed into the U.S. Army, which is aware of the charges, said 3rd Judicial District Attorney prosecutor Michael Heitz.
Unfortunately, the owner of the befouled Honda Civic was turned away from the car wash where he attempted to take the car and had to clean the damage himself, Heitz said.
Leaving work late the night of March 11, the car’s owner reported finding Purifoy in the back seat of his Honda Civic, pulling up his underwear.
“This is your car?” Purifoy said before bolting the scene, according to documents filed in court. “I thought this was Desiree’s car.”
The 10-month-old porker is known by villagers as “Zhu Jianqiang” (Strong-willed Pig) after it was born with only two front legs and learned to balance on them well enough to walk.
According to its owner, Wang Xihai, it was one of nine piglets born in a litter this January.
He said: “My wife asked me to dump it but I refused as it’s a life. I thought I should give it a chance to survive and unexpectedly it survived healthy.”
Several days after its birth Wang decided to train the two-legged piglet to walk by lifting it up by its tail.
He said: “I trained her for a while each day. After 30 days she can now walk upside down quite well.”
Wang said since the birth of the pig, which currently weighs 50kg (110lbs), his home has been besieged by visitors.
A circus even offered to buy for the pig for a large sum but Wang refused to sell.
He said “She proved to us that no matter what form life is it should continue to live on. I won’t sell it no matter how much the offer is.”
If the villagers get hungry he might have to learn to walk on one leg.
A Swiss van driver and his vehicle had to be rescued by helicopter after his GPS sent him up a remote mountain footpath.
Driver Robert Ziegler, 37, found himself stranded near the peak at Bergun, Switzerland, unable to go forward or turn around to go back the way he came.
Rescue workers scrambled a heavy lifting helicopter to carry the van and its driver to safety after he dialed for help on his mobile phone.
“I was lost and I kept hoping that each little turn would get me back to the main road. In the end it told me to turn around but of course I couldn’t by then,” the driver told police.
A fire brigade spokesman explained: “He claims he didn’t see any footpath signs but he must have been a pretty fair driver to get that far up a glorified goat track.”
But on Sunday at least there was a twist to the tale when firefighters from Leatherhead found an owner, Mike Wall, perched next to his feline friend.
Jadis, a six-year-old Maine Coon, had been missing for more than a day when Mr Wall’s wife, Chris, heard her calling from a tree in the grounds of Lavender Close in Leatherhead.
Mrs Wall said: “We had been up since 6.30am looking through the grounds, because it was so unusual for her to disappear like that.”
“I lock the cat flap at night so, when she didn’t appear, we were really worried because it was totally out of character.”
The couple eventually spotted the intrepid pet poised precariously on a fir in front of the block of flats, crying for help.
Neighbor Michael Jordan, 62, who often cat-sits for the couple, noticed the commotion and came out to help.
He said: “At first we tried to tempt her down with food on a stick but she wasn’t having any of it.”
So Mr Jordan brought out a set of ladders and Mr Wall scaled the 30ft to where Jadis was sitting.
Mr Jordan said: “It was really difficult getting the ladder up and then it twisted against the trunk, which made it awkward to get back down safely from that high.”
With Mr Wall in the same predicament as Jadis, the fire brigade were eventually called to the rescue at about 2.40pm.
Mrs Wall said: “He wasn’t very happy. He was up there for about 40 minutes, so it definitely wore him out.”
Thankfully it didn’t take much longer until both Mr Wall and Jadis were safely back on terra firma and the firefighters didn’t go home empty handed.
Mrs Wall said: “The neighbors were wonderful and I kissed the fireman when he came down and then burst into tears. I hadn’t any wine so I gave them a bag of cat biscuits as a small thank you because one of them had cats himself.”
A spokesman from the fire station said: “Having both the cat and the owner stuck up the tree was definitely a bit out of the ordinary.”