- These boots weren’t made for walking
In January, Burlington County finally agreed in negotiations with the union for Highway Department workers to purchase steel-tipped work boots for employees. When the shipment of boots arrived at the department, employees were told to find a pair that fit and to wear them on the job. Some workers decided to buy their own shoes because the county-issued boots caused blisters and bleeding. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, in March, the county issued a memo directing employees not to show up for work without the county-issued boots. The union filed a complaint with the state to reverse the mandate because it says the boots were not fitted professionally. Dave Wyche, county spokesman, says the workers “should be happy that they don’t have to buy their own boots anymore.”
- How much for the principal’s office?
In February, the Highland Park, Texas, public school system announced plans to sell naming rights for buildings and facilities. According to the Dallas Morning News, the system will not sell to corporations, and prices will be based on the popularity of each building or facility.
- Telephone tag
After being on the run for a year, a New York fugitive called police in Ticonderoga to brag that he could not be caught. Police traced the call to an Auburn, Ga., address and informed the local law enforcement agencies. The fugitive called Ticonderoga Police again, and while he was on the phone, local officers arrived to arrest him.