Date with death
London, Jan. 4 (Reuters): Heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne said he “died” twice after an accident on a quad bike that left him in a coma for eight days.
Osbourne’s life was saved by bodyguard Sam Ruston who went to his aid after the December 8 crash at the star’s country estate in Buckinghamshire, southern England. “If it wasn’t for Sam I probably wouldn’t be here,” Osbourne told Britain’s Sunday Mirror newspaper.
“He had to bring me back to life twice.”
The former frontman of heavy metal band Black Sabbath said he had learnt a lesson from his brush with death. “I’ll never go near one of those damn bikes again...I am lucky to be here today and not paralysed,” he said.
Detroit (Reuters): Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick committed something of a cardinal sin in the motor city on Friday by blaming cars and trucks for Detroiters’ bulging waistlines. “It’s probably something to do with the culture,” Kilpatrick told local journalists, when asked about a report that Detroit had passed Houston to take the title as America’s fattest city. “We’re not a walking city,” Kilpatrick said, adding this was because Detroit is “the automotive capital of the world.” Detroit’s international auto show, the industry’s biggest yearly event and a celebration of all things automotive, opens on Sunday. An annual list of the 25 fattest US cities will appear in the February issue of Men’s Fitness magazine.
New York (Reuters): A British couple who could face up to a year in jail after leaving their baby alone in a car parked outside a shopping mall said the incident was due to a cultural misunderstanding. Yisroel Singer, 26, said he was shocked to find police waiting to arrest him and his wife, Golda, in a New York parking lot on December 23 after they left six-month-old Rosie in the car to take daughters Rochel, 3, and Chaya, 2, to a bathroom. Under US law, the couple were charged with child endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. Parents in England who leave their child in a car “probably would not end up in court,” Singer said.