San Diego County spelling bee nearly leftwordless
SAN DIEGO — David Hay had nowords for what was about to happen.And that’s sort of important whenyou’re running a spelling bee.Hay was the bee master Tuesday atThe 45th Annual U-TSan DiegoCountywide Spelling Bee, which washalfway through its tense, two-studentﬁnal round when Hay realized he wasabout to run out of spelling words.Hay says it hasn’t happened in his33 years as master. His 500-word sup-ply is usually plenty, but the 92 mid-dle-schoolers exhausted them, from“macaroni” to “obnuliate.”He had to call a recess and scroungeup some spare words to ﬁnish.Allison Grygar won by correctlyspelling “prostrate” and “gurgle” whenher opponent botched “scrimmage.”She’ll compete in May’s ScrippsNational Spelling Bee, where presum-ably words will be plentiful.
Phone scammers pretending to be police officers
FONTANA— Fontana police arewarning of phone scammers pretend-ing to be ofﬁcers who are calling resi-dents and requesting immediate pay-ment to clear up outstanding warrants. The Riverside Press-Enterprisereported Tuesday that the scammers areeven using technology that shows theFontana police headquarters number onCaller ID. Spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado says residents have receivedcalls demanding a fee between $1,000and $5,000. The victims are directed tosend the payment via wire or prepaidcredit card — to an overseas location.If the victim challenges the demand,the caller becomes irate.Guzman-Hurtado reminds residentsthat police never notify people byphone of an arrest warrant.
Woman faces sentencefor man-on-car murder
LOS ANGELES — Asubstance-abusecounselor who drove 2 miles through aLos Angeles suburb with a dying manon her windshield faces a maximumprison term of 45 years to life at hersentencing scheduled for Wednesday.Ajury last month found Sherry LynnWilkins, 52, guilty of second-degreemurder, drunken driving and hit-and-run for the incident that killed 31-year-old Phillip Moreno in Torrance inNovember 2012.Wilkins has also has two previousfelony convictions that are consideredserious and make her eligible forCalifornia’s three strikes law.Prosecutors at the time of the trialsaid Wilkins’blood-alcohol level wasnearly twice the legal limit, and thatwhat she did to Moreno “struck athuman dignity.”“We do not tolerate someone whodoes not pull over when they see some-one on their windshield,” DeputyDistrict Attorney John Harlan saidafter the verdict.
Burger King Baby finds birth mom,feels ‘pure joy’
Awoman who, as a newborn, wasabandoned in the bathroom of aPennsylvania fast-food restaurant saidshe has found her birth mother justthree weeks after launching a searchthat garnered worldwide attention, andas her mother prepared to look for her.Katheryn Deprill, 27, said Tuesdayshe felt “pure joy” when she met herbiological mother for the ﬁrst timeMonday at an attorney’s ofﬁce. And,after she learned the sad details of herconception and abandonment, she saidshe understood why her mom did whatshe did.“She is better than anything Icould’ve ever imagined. She is sosweet and amazing. I’m so happy,”said Deprill, who has become knownas the Burger King Baby.The woman had decided about sixmonths ago to launch her own searchfor the daughter she gave up.Deprill began her quest on March 2by posting on her Facebook page aphoto in which she held up a sign thatsaid, “Looking for my birth mother. ...She abandoned me in the Burger Kingbathroom only hours old, AllentownPA. Please help me ﬁnd her by sharingmy post.”
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This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2earthquake (the strongest on record inNorth America) and tsunamis thattogether claimed about 130 lives.
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.For all serious daring starts from within.”
— Eudora Welty,American author (1909-2001)
Director Quentin Tarantino is 51.Hip-hop singerFergie is 39.
The Washington Monument seen from a National Park Service helicopter in Washington,D.C.The Monument will reopenon May 12 after a lengthy closure for earthquake damage,the National Park Service said.
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, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sightedpresent-day Florida.
Charles I acceded to the English throne upon thedeath of James I.
Congress approved “An Act to provide a NavalArmament” of six armed ships.
the ﬁrst telephone line between Boston and NewYork was inaugurated.
, ﬁrst lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of Japan’sambassador to the United States, Viscountess Chinda, plant-ed in Washington the ﬁrst two of 3,000 cherry trees given asa gift by the mayor of Tokyo.
, Japan ofﬁcially withdrew from the League of Nations.
, American servicemen were granted free mailingprivileges.
Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier inaddition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the ﬁrst man toorbit the Earth, died in a plane crash.
583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747,attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on theCanary Island of Tenerife.
, 123 workers died when a North Sea ﬂoating oilﬁeld platform, the Alexander Kielland, capsized during astorm.
the Food and Drug Administration approved thedrug Viagra, made by Pﬁzer, saying it had helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual function.
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Nearly half a million people surroundedTaiwan’s presidential ofﬁce and blocked major streets toprotest their country’s disputed presidential election.
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(Answers tomorrow)ABATE FOCALCOUPLE FERVORYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When the instructor didn’t charge for theparachute lesson, it was a — FREE FALLNow arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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