A 59-year-old man has been jailed in Gastonia, N.C., on charges of larceny after allegedly robbing an RBC Bank for $1 so he could get health care in prison. Richard James Verone handed a female teller a note demanding the money and claiming that he had a gun, according to the police report.
He then sat down and waited for police to arrive. “… I say, ‘I’ll be sitting right over here, on the chair, waiting for the police,'” Verone told reporters, recalling the June 9 robbery in an interview from Gaston County Jail.
[...] “He’s sitting on the sofa as you walk in the front door,” the bank teller said in a 911 call.
[...] Verone said he asked for $1 to show that his motives were medical, not monetary, according to news reports. With a growth in his chest, two ruptured disks and no job, Verone hoped a three-year stint in prison would afford him the health care he needed.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The foundation of Philadelphia’s signature sandwich was harder to come by on Monday.
Drivers for a nearly century-old bakery that supplies sandwich rolls for many Philadelphia-area cheesesteak joints and delis went on strike Monday in a dispute over the company’s efforts to make them independent distributors.
Teamsters picketed outside Amoroso’s bakery in west Philadelphia, saying they would be forced to buy their routes and pay their own vehicle and health care costs if the company gets its way. The picket line came down around midday after federal marshals arrived at the bakery to serve a federal injunction enforcing a no-strike clause in the workers’ contract, said Christine Reimert, a company spokeswoman. Drivers were expected to be back at work Monday night, Reimert said.
Amoroso’s Baking Co. supplies rolls and bread to numerous delis, grocery store chains, convenience stores and restaurants, including Jim’s Steaks on tourist haven South Street.
The union voted 48-3 on Saturday to go on strike over the company’s efforts to turn its approximately 75 drivers from Amoroso employees into independent distributors who would own their routes, said Bob Ryder, secretary treasurer for Teamsters Local 467.
(NEWSER) – Marine Isaias Hernandez lost 70% of the muscles in his right thigh in a mortar explosion in Afghanistan. Such extreme damage usually requires that the leg be amputated. Not in Hernandez’s case. Instead, he was injected with a growth hormone that comes from pig bladders—and his leg muscle grew back. Hernandez has regained much of the strength in his thigh in what one expert calls a “remarkable recovery.”
Particularly exciting is the fact that skeletal muscle, which ordinarily won’t grow back, was regenerated. Hernandez, just 19 at the time of his injury, first had to build up the 30% of remaining muscle before surgeons placed a slice of a substance called extracellular matrix into his thigh. The pioneering surgery was the result of the US military’s $70 million investment in regenerative medicine research, the Daily Mail reports.