Britain's queen wins 60,000 fans on Facebook debut
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain's Queen Elizabeth has joined
Facebook, adding a presence on the world's most popular social network to the
royal family's accounts on Twitter, photo-sharing site Flickr and YouTube.
The British monarchy's Facebook page
(http://www.facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy) does not allow users to
"friend" the Queen or to send her messages, but offers updates on
royal news and diary events.
By midday on Monday, a few hours after the page went live,
60,000 people had clicked to signal they liked it, meaning they will receive
updates on the royal family's activities in their Facebook news feeds.
The page does not display personal details such as the
Queen's relationship status, interests or political views.
Britain's royal family prides itself on keeping up to date
with new technologies.
In 2008, the Queen uploaded a video to YouTube during a
visit to Google's London offices, in 2009 a British monarchy Twitter account
was launched, and a royal Flickr account was created this year.
Facebook was launched in 2004 and now has more than half a
billion active users around the world.
Man who drove with $3,600 on roof gets cash back
CLEVELAND – A Cleveland bartender whose more than $3,600 in
accumulated tips blew away said he's lucky the money was found by two
apparently honest men. Michael May told The Plain Dealer on Thursday he was
almost in tears last weekend after he realized he'd driven off with a pouch
containing the cash sitting on the roof of his car.
Cleveland downtown safety monitor David Hamilton found the
bag lying in the street and kept it away from a homeless person who tried to
take it away.
Hamilton and his team leader at the nonprofit Downtown
Cleveland Alliance turned the money over to police, who traced it to May
through bank receipts and checkbooks in the pouch.
May plans to give a reward to Hamilton and the team leader.
Police will honor Hamilton at a ceremony next week.
Senior sets off bug bombs, prompting evacuation
EMMAUS, Pa. – Blame bug bombs for those foul odors that drew
a team of emergency responders to a senior citizens' high-rise home. The
Morning Call reported on its website that hazardous materials specialists and
firefighters were stunned by the intense fumes coming from a second-floor room
of the East Penn Place home and evacuated the entire floor late Wednesday
But firefighters quickly learned, the newspaper reported on
its website late Thursday, that a resident had set off several insect foggers in
his apartment and that caused the incident which set off smoke alarms.
No one was hurt and most residents returned home, but
some rooms must be cleaned.