KIM ROSS: Morning mumbles — updated
Enough is enough — let me have some sunshine. After a couple of floundering balance acts trying to walk on ice this morning, it is official — I hate ice. I find myself praying for a sandstorm so that the simple act of walking to my car doesn't play out like some 007 action flick with somersaults, belly rolls and that stretching life saving reach for a life line — my door handle. The highways are fine but I felt like I pulled into Atlanta this morning when I hit Poteau. Little improvement has happened overnight and the roads still look like part of the North Pole. Any beet farmers in the area wanna donate some miracle juice? Here's your Tuesday morning weird headlines from around the world. City to Strike Ban on Being Willfully AnnoyingGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. March 4, 2014 (AP)AP — It's soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.The Grand Rapids Press reports that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable." A final decision is expected March 11.Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules.Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.Man Wakes up in Body Bag at Funeral HomeLEXINGTON, Miss. February 28, 2014 (AP)AP — Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive.The coroner was called to Williams' home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died.Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m.Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag.Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams' pacemaker stopped working, then started again.Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he's happy to be alive.Mass. Man's Speeding Excuse? I Won the Lottery!HINGHAM, Mass. February 28, 2014 (AP)AP — A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.It turns out Thursday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe's lucky day in more ways than one. The officer who pulled him over in Hingham (HING'-um) issued a verbal warning and urged him to drive safely.Lowe, of Rockland, told the officer he was speeding because he had won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and was on his way to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to collect his winnings.WCVB-TV ( http://bit.ly/1crD2Wu ) reports that police say Lowe was shaking, and showed the officer his winning ticket.After the warning, he went on his way and claimed his prize.