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Woman sends her grandchild through airport x-ray machine
LOS ANGELES — A woman mistakenly put her 1-month-old grandson through an X-ray machine at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.
    A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child on the carry-on baggage screening monitor and immediately pulled him out, the Los Angeles Times reported for a story in Wednesday’s editions.
    The infant was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined he did not receive a dangerous dose of radiation.
    ‘‘This was an innocent mistake by an obviously inexperienced traveler,’’ said Paul Haney, deputy executive director of airports and security for the city’s airport agency.
    The incident happened early Saturday, airport officials said.
    Haney said in 1988, an infant in a car seat went through an X-ray machine at LAX.

Man loses 125 pounds to become a sheriff 

    WHEELING, W.Va. — Michael Warren had a lot to lose when he decided to become a lawman.
    The 20-year-old once tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds. But he lost 125 pounds in 18 months to pursue a career in law enforcement.
    Warren was sworn in as a deputy sheriff in Ohio County on Monday, two days after he married his high-school sweetheart.
    ‘‘I got a wedding ring and a badge, and I closed on a house in one weekend,’’ he said.
    Before embarking on his journey to better fitness, Warren said he couldn’t do even one push-up and didn’t have the endurance to run very far. Now he can do 30 push-ups and he runs nearly every day.
    Warren said his wife Theresa was the ‘‘angel on my shoulder’’ who helped him curb his appetite. ‘‘She whacked my hands a few times,’’ he said.
    He said he limited his daily intake to no more than 30 grams of fat a day, lifted weights and worked up to running a mile or two every day.
    Warren said he doesn’t expect to gain the weight back because he is in a job surrounded by people who are committed to fitness.
    ‘‘I’m happy to be where I am now,’’ he said.

Amusement park donates money that is found after falling out of visitors pockets
 
    SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cedar Point Amusement Park roller coasters and rides shake a lot of loose change from its visitors’ pockets during the summer.
    Now, the park is giving all of it to charity — to the tune of $7,500.
    The amusement park on the shores of Lake Erie will donate the money to Victory Temple Soup Kitchen here from its loose change fund, officials said.
    Cedar Point employees collect and turn in any loose change found underneath rides, on the midway or in the park’s fountains.
    The park has donated more than $170,000 to local organizations since 1988.

Woman complains to police that she received bad crack 

    HAWTHORNE, Fla. — A woman was arrested after complaining to a police officer that the crack cocaine she had just purchased wasn’t very good, authorities said.
    Eloise D. Reaves, 50, approached a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy at a convenience store Friday, telling him that a man had sold her ‘‘bad crack’’ that contained wax and cocaine.
    She pulled an alleged crack rock out of her mouth and placed it on the deputy’s car for inspection, the Palatka Daily News reported in Tuesday’s editions.
    The deputy told Reaves she would be arrested if the crack tested positive for cocaine.
    Reaves was charged with possession of cocaine and bonded out for $1,504.

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