Website raises $30,000 for funeral of heroic boy, 8

An online fundraising campaign has raised enough money to pay for the funeral of an 8-year-old New York boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home.

The page set up on You for Tyler Doohan says more than $30,000 has been raised.

Authorities say Tyler alerted relatives to the fire early Monday morning in his grandfather’s trailer home and six of them escaped. They say Tyler died while trying to rescue his grandfather, who used a wheelchair and crutches after losing a leg.

Fire officials say Tyler’s body was found just a few feet from his grandfather. An uncle also died.



Caught slurring, mayor admits drinking ‘a little bit’

Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday he had a “minor setback” this week when he was caught on video slurring his words and said his private life is not affecting his work.

The video that emerged Tuesday showed Ford swearing and trying to imitate a Jamaican accent during a rant against Toronto’s police chief. Ford has acknowledged it was him in the video and that he “had a little bit” to drink on Monday night. He said Wednesday that it is a private matter

The mayor acknowledged last year that he had smoked crack but has rebuffed pressure to resign.



Unable to walk, woman gives birth on plastic sled

A Philadelphia woman is going to have quite a story to tell her daughter about the day she was born. Bella Sophia Bonanni was born on a sled Wednesday.

Shirley Kim Bonanni told WPVI-TV her contractions were too quick and too strong for her to walk. Her husband couldn’t drive up their steep, hilly street, so Fabian Bonnani put his wife in their toddler’s plastic sled and was pulling her to the car.

But the baby wouldn’t wait. With the help of neighbors and a 911 dispatcher talking Fabian Bonnani through it, 7 pound 9 ounce Bella was born on the roadside. Mom and baby were bundled up and brought inside until an ambulance arrived to take them to the hospital. Both are doing fine.


Wife shot while in hospital dies; husband, 88, charged


An 86-year-old Nevada woman shot by her husband while hospitalized died Wednesday and her spouse of more than six decades was charged with murder, authorities said.

Francis Dresser of Douglas County died from injuries suffered when she was shot once in the chest Sunday while at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

Her husband told officers he planned to “end his wife’s suffering” by killing her and then himself, but his gun jammed.

William Dresser, 88, was charged Wednesday with “open murder” with use of a deadly weapon. The district attorney said that gives him discretion to amend the charge.

– From news service reports

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