Despite The Chilly Weather, Miss America Was At The Inauguration

Miss-AMiss America Mallory Hagan says she made it to the inauguration on Monday despite the chilly weather.

In an interview Saturday, Hagan had said she wasn’t sure if she would attend President Barack Obama’s public swearing-in ceremony Monday even though she had a ticket because “it’s going to be freezing.”

But on Monday she tweeted a photo of herself from the inauguration wrapped in a blue scarf with the words “bundled up!” She later tweeted that she was “proud to be an American.”

Hagan, a 23-year-old Alabama native who lives in New York, won the Miss America title earlier this month.

Texas Waiter Stands Up for Boy With Down’s Syndrome

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As we scour our favorite sources of news and information, it’s often hard to find “feel-good” stories among all the crime and violence.  The Post has made it our mission to seek out more of the stories about the good things people in our world do.  Here is one of them…

A Houston waiter’s Facebook page has been inundated with friend requests and messages after a story of how he stood up for a special needs child went viral.

Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s, was serving a family who have been regulars since the restaurant opened. The family includes 5-year-old Milo, who has Down syndrome.

“Milo wasn’t being bad, he was just talking and making little noises,” Garcia told FoxNews.com. But a customer at a nearby table who was also with his family began making comments about Milo.

The customer got up from the table and moved his family to another table further away from Milo, but still in Garcia’s serving section.

Garcia said the man continued talking about Milo and said, “special needs children need to be special somewhere else.”

“My personal feelings took over because that’s ignorance in my opinion and I told him ‘Sir, I won’t be able to serve you,'” Garcia tells FoxNews.com.

The man and his family got up and left the restaurant, while Milo’s family was unaware of the incident at all.

“Maybe there were other ways I could have handled it, but Milo is such an angel, he is a gift from God as are all special needs children,” Garcia said.

Garcia did not tell Milo’s family of the incident because he didn’t want to cause them any pain. He compared his actions to wanting to shield someone and said he hopes someone would do the same for his family. Another server told Milo’s family what Garcia had done.

“We can’t lose track of what this is about,” Garcia said about the amount of attention the story has gotten.

“It is about Milo, it is about educating ourselves and when people are different, why should you treat them any different?”

“It’s fear of the unknown,” he said.

Ridiculous Vending Machines from Around the World

pizza-vending-machineWhen you think of vending machines, you probably think of soda and candy bars. But around the world, vending machines are being used to sell crazy stuff.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most ridiculous vending machines out there:

  • Lettuce Vending Machine, Japan
  • Pizza Vending Machine, Europe
  • Banana Vending Machine, Japan
  • Wine Vending Machine, America
  • Burger Vending Machine, Moscow
  • Draft Beer Vending Machine, Japan
  • Sake Vending Machine, Japan
  • Live Crab Vending Machine, China
  • Sausage, Eggs, Milk And Cheese Vending Machine, Germany
  • French Baguette Vending Machine, France
  • Canned Bread Vending Machine, Japan
  • Pecan Pie Vending Machine, Texas
  • Caviar Vending Machine, Los Angeles
  • Live Lobster Vending Machine, Las Vegas

Woman’s Lost Dentures Found…In Throat

denturesHere’s a story to chew on…

A 75-year-old English woman misplaced her dentures and couldn’t find them anywhere. It was around this time that she began to feel ill and started having trouble breathing. It turns out, the dentures were in the last place she thought of looking – her throat.

Nermin Keating went to the doctor complaining of respiratory problems and was diagnosed with a lung infection and put on antibiotics. But it didn’t go away. She made trips to three more doctors who checked her out and put her on more antibiotics. Eventually, she visited one more doctor who actually looked down her throat and noticed the false teeth wedged in there. Finally, the last doctor pulled the teeth out, but only after they had been in her throat for nine weeks.

Woman Beats Boyfriend Unconscious While Holding Baby

woman-husband-2In Seattle, a woman managed to beat her boyfriend unconscious – with her newborn baby strapped to her chest.

Making matters even worse is the fact that she did this in the middle of the street, for all those walking by to see.

Sharee Seminole got into an argument with her boyfriend, who is also the child’s father.

According to witnesses, the argument became physical, with Sharee stomping on the boyfriend’s face at least eight times, kicking him repeatedly in order to knock him out and breaking his nose.

When the police intervened, she became unruly and refused to cooperate despite her child still strapped to her chest.

Sharee was eventually arrested and charged with second-degree assault. The child has been placed in protective custody

Cops: Man Bit Off His Girlfriends Thumb While Driving

ambulancePolice in Florida say a man bit off his girlfriend’s left thumb during a fight while he was driving her to work.

Florida Today reports that hospital officials called police after the woman arrived for treatment Wednesday.

Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says 35-year-old Ricardo Marquis Davis confessed to biting off the thumb and spitting it onto the floorboard.

He told police they had gotten into an argument and she had pushed his head while they were driving.

Martinez says doctors were not able to reattach the woman’s thumb. She says police victim advocates are working to help her.

Davis is being held in the Brevard County Jail on aggravated battery charges.

Is Subway Footlong Actually 11 Inches?

subway-11-inchesWhat’s in an inch? Apparently, enough missing meat, cheese and tomatoes to cause an uproar.

Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain with 37,000 locations, is facing criticism after an Australian man posted a picture on the company’s Facebook page of one of its famous footlong sandwiches next to a tape measure that seems to shows it’s just 11 inches.

More than 100,000 people have “liked” or commented on the photo, which has the caption “Subway pls respond.” Lookalike pictures have popped up elsewhere on Facebook. And The New York Post conducted an investigation that found four out of seven footlong sandwiches were shy of the 12 inches that makes a foot.

Man Accused Of Shooting At The White House, Lawyers Looking For Documents

housewhiteLawyers for a man charged with trying to assassinate President Barack Obama by shooting at the White House are trying to get his statements to authorities thrown out.

Lawyers for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez said in a court document Wednesday the statements were coerced. The attorneys say Ortega-Hernandez was handcuffed to a chair for two hours after his arrest and they’ve been unable to find a document where he agreed to waive his rights and talk to authorities.

Lawyers said Ortega-Hernandez told FBI and Secret Service agents that his car was stolen at gunpoint and he didn’t do the drive-by shooting. He also told them he never reported the car stolen.

No one was injured in the 2011 shooting. Obama was away at the time.

Ortega-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

NYC School Bus Strike Enters Day #2

schoolkidsNEW YORK – A standoff between striking school bus drivers and aides looking for job protections and a city administration that says they just can’t have it has the potential to go on for some time.

Parents are scrambling for a second day to figure out alternatives so tens of thousands of students can get to school on Thursday.

Michael Cordiello of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union says the drivers will strike until Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city agree to put a job security clause back into their contract.

But Bloomberg says the strike “is about job guarantees that the union just can’t have.”

Observers on both sides of the issue say absent an injunction, the strike could last a while.