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POSTED July 18, 2012 9:24 p.m.

CITY'S FISCAL EMERGENCY VOTE SPEEDS BANKRUPTCY: SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — The city of San Bernardino has declared a fiscal emergency to avoid a lengthy mediation process and head straight to federal bankruptcy court.

The City Council voted 5-2 on Wednesday to declare the emergency and file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection amid a dire cash crunch that has officials worried San Bernardino can't meet payroll in August.

The vote could make the city of 210,000 people the third in California to seek bankruptcy protection since last month, following Stockton and Mammoth Lakes.

The city is facing a $45.8 million budget shortfall this year

Gwendolyn Waters, a spokeswoman for the city manager's office, says the announcement of the bankruptcy plan has further stressed San Bernardino's finances by prompting a dozen employees to retire and vendors to demand cash instead of credit.

MAN CALLS POLICE WHEN PROSTITUTE TAKES HIS MONEY: DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A Dyersburg man who called police and said a woman stole $40 dollars from him is headed to court as a criminal defendant.

The State Gazette reported the 62-year-old man, who is not identified, called police on July 5, saying he paid a woman for sex at a street corner and she ran away with his money. He said he wanted what he paid for or wanted his money back.

Police found the woman, who said she told the man she could buy drugs with the money. She says she gave it to someone else who ran away with it.

Officers cited both — her for prostitution and him for patronizing a prostitute. They're due in court July 20.

600-YEAR-OLD LINEN BRAS FOUND IN AUSTRIAN CASTLE: VIENNA (AP) — A revolutionary discovery is rewriting the history of underwear: Some 600 years ago, women wore bras.

The University of Innsbruck said Wednesday that archeologists found four linen bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.

Instead, it appears the bra came first, followed by the corset, followed by the reinvented bra.

One specimen in particular "looks exactly like a (modern) brassiere," says Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum. "These are amazing finds."

Although the linen garments were unearthed in 2008, they did not make news until now says Beatrix Nutz, the archaeologist responsible for the discovery.

Researching the items and carbon dating them to make sure they were genuine took some time. She delivered a lecture on them last year but the information stayed within academic circles until a recent article in the BBC History Magazine.

SKYWEST PILOT TAKES JARRING RIDE IN STOLEN PLANE : SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A SkyWest Airlines pilot and murder suspect who stole an empty 50-passenger jet and crashed it as he drove it at a small Utah airport was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head about halfway down the aircraft aisle, police said Wednesday.

Brian Hedglin was wanted in the murder of his girlfriend in Colorado when he used a rug to scale the razor wire-topped fence at the St. George Municipal Airport early Tuesday. The plane crashed in an airport parking lot before it got off the ground.

Authorities were trying Wednesday to determine just how Hedglin gained access to the plane while the airport was closed, among other details.

TEXAS EXECUTES ITS 1ST INMATE USING SINGLE DRUG: HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of carjacking and fatally shooting a stockbroker was put to death Wednesday, becoming the first prisoner in the nation's most active capital punishment state to be executed under a procedure using one lethal drug instead of three.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials announced last week they were modifying the three-drug injection method used since 1982 because the state's supply of one of the drugs — the muscle relaxant pancuronium bromide — has expired. Yokamon Hearn, 33, was executed using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital, which had been part of the three-drug mixture since last year.

Ohio, Arizona, Idaho and Washington have already adopted a single-drug procedure, and this week Georgia said it would do so, too.

Hearn showed no apparent unusual reaction to the drug as his execution began. He was pronounced dead about 25 minutes after the lethal dose began flowing.

 

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