Michigan woman gets wish; loses school board election bid

Michigan woman gets wish; loses school board election bid

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — Bridget Smith wanted voters not to elect her to Frankenmuth’s school board — and they didn’t.

Smith filed earlier this year to run for one of three four-year terms on the school board, but afterward was hired to serve as Frankenmuth’s city manager.

When she was being hired by the Bavarian-themed community about 75 miles northwest of Detroit, Smith indicated that she would drop her school board bid. But the deadline to withdraw had passed and her name remained on Tuesday’s ballot.

She encouraged voters not to cast ballots for her and Smith placed last among the four candidates.

2 took taxi to rob house and

then stiffed driver, police say

DEAL, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say two men took a taxi to a home they planned to rob but then stiffed the driver on the fare, leading him to report them to police.

Deal police say 46-year-old Kenneth Burke and 38-year-old Timothy Foote are charged with burglary, conspiracy, theft and criminal trespass.

Authorities say the men told the driver to wait outside the home Friday, and they soon returned with a television and liquor bottles. The driver then took them to an apartment in Asbury Park, but they didn’t pay the fare.

The driver called Asbury Park police, who soon notified Deal police about the burglary.

Bail was set at $20,000. It wasn’t clear Wednesday if either had an attorney.

Baby’s big hair gets lots of

notice, Halloween troll costume

ELTON, La. (AP) — A southwest Louisiana woman says her 3-month-old daughter has such a full head of hair that strangers stop to admire it, and she made the baby a Halloween troll costume.

But Alisha John says she and her husband, Dakota, don’t have long to play with baby Areea Sue Oiba John’s hair. That’s because she’s a Coushatta Indian, and the tribe shaves babies’ heads as part of a blessing ceremony when they’re 4-months-old.

She tells the American Press in Lake Charles that her older children — a 3-year-old girl, and boys aged 4 and 7 — also were born with a lot of hair. But nothing like Areea’s, whose blessing ceremony will be held on Nov. 25.

Woman upset by Trump victory spends day giving out free hugs

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman upset over the election of Donald Trump has spent her day giving out free hugs.

Jenny Daley, of South Kingstown, tells The Westerly Sun that she woke up Wednesday and needed a hug and figured a lot of other people did, too.

So the 31-year-old restaurant worker headed to downtown Westerly with a sign that said, “Need a hug today? They are free. Just ask.”

Daley says she did not want to “spend the whole day in fear” so she decided to show love to as many people as she could.

Daley gave out hugs to several people, including some who told her stories about their lives, and one woman who stopped and gave her an umbrella after it began to drizzle.

New Hampshire lawmaker is re-elected, arrested on same day

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lawmaker wanted by police for failing to show up for a court hearing was re-elected and arrested on the same day.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that Republican state Rep. Dick Marple was sitting outside a polling place with his campaign signs on Election Day when an officer recognized him. Marple was charged with driving without a valid license in December 2014.

Authorities had issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court hearing in October.

Police say Marple drove himself to the police station and was arrested.

He also was re-elected to a fifth term.

Marple said Friday he is being targeted as a troublemaker because he strictly interprets the state constitution.