Man charged after brawl at wedding
A man was charged in connection with a large brawl among people attending two wedding receptions in Philadelphia over the weekend, police said Monday.
The fight, which was caught on video and quickly spread online, happened early Sunday at a hotel in the Society Hill neighborhood and involved dozens of people in their formal attire. A 57-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack outside the reception, police said, but authorities don’t know if he was involved in the fights.
One of the people involved, Matthew Sofka, 26, of Westfield, N.J., was being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and other counts in connection with the fight, said Lt. Raymond Evers, a Philadelphia police spokesman.
Mom who glued kid’s hands could get life
A Dallas woman who super-glued her 2-year-old daughter’s hands to a wall also beat the girl so badly that she suffered bleeding on her brain, a doctor testified Monday at the mother’s sentencing hearing.
Elizabeth Escalona faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty in July to attacking her daughter, Jocelyn Cedillo, last September. Police say the 23-year-old mother attacked the toddler due to potty- training problems.
The sentencing hearing is to continue today.
Man dies after live roach-eating contest
The winner of a roach- eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.
About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night’s contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.
Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office statement released Monday. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy.
Report: Dutch killer will be a father
A newspaper reported Monday that Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a Peruvian woman, says he is going to be a father.
His lawyer said the inmate does have a conjugal visitor, but he could not confirm she is pregnant.
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said Van der Sloot, a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway, told the paper in a telephone call Saturday that “a test has proved” the pregnancy.
Van der Sloot’s attorney, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press that a woman named Leidy Figueroa Uceda “is registeredSFlbas a conjugal visitor of Joran.”
Losing their religion?
For the first time in its history, the U.S. does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.
Among the reasons for the change are the growth in nondenominational Christians who can no longer be categorized as Protestant, and a spike in the number of American adults who say they have no religion. The Pew study, released today, found that about 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15 percent in the past five years.