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IT STARTED ON THE PLANE
It started on the plane. Over a game of five-card spades — we call it boo-ray. Javaris Crittenton was losing money. He jumped in the middle of a conversation between two other guys playing and I didn't want to hear it no more. So I throw my cards down in the middle of the hand, tell them all, "I'm done. I'm getting on up." Javaris is saying, "No, this is some street shit. Where I'm from, you gotta finish the game. My money's on the line." He and another guy say it's a misdeal and they want me to match the pot. "You gotta pay that debt," Javaris says, "or we gotta take it outside." Take it outside? He said, We gotta fistfight. I start joking. I put on some music. Michael Jackson. "You wanna be startin' something ..." Everyone's laughin'. He's like, "Nah, nah, homey. This is real. You ain't gonna joke with this. You owe me my money." So I start to play "Beat It." (Esquire)
METRO LOOKING TO SAN FRAN FOR NEW SAFETY CHIEF?
Metro is eyeing a transit official from the San Francisco area as its new head of safety, WTOP has learned.
If he accepts the position, James M. Dougherty, who has served as the chief safety officer with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) for the past year, will take on a daunting challenge: Changing the culture of safety at Metro. (WTOP)
WOMAN AIMS TO BECOME WORLD'S FATTEST
An obese mother in the US is trying to put on weight in order to become the world's fattest woman.
Donna Simpson, from New Jersey, weighs 273kg but told the Daily Mail newspaper she had her heart set on reaching her goal weight of 1000lb (450kg) in two years.
The 42-year-old already holds the title of the world's fattest mother after giving birth to her daughter in 2007 when she weighed 241kg. (NineMSN.com)
BOSTON'S SEWAGE SYSTEM THREATENED
The Massachusetts Port Authority said the weather was causing some delays and cancellations at Logan International Airport and several low-lying roads and highway ramps in Massachusetts were closed.
The storm also threatened to overwhelm Boston's waste water system, forcing officials to begin a controlled release of untreated waste water into Boston Harbor.
The release poses a minimal risk to public health because the sewage will be diluted by rain water, said Fred Laskey, head of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, acknowledging that it was a storm of "historic proportions." (MSNBC)