Dave Barry is a finalist for Thurber humor prize
Dave Barry and former “Saturday Night Live” writer Alan Zweibel are in the running for a top humor prize.
“Lunatics,” a novel co-written by Barry and Zweibel, is a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. The other nominees announced Wednesday were Shalom Auslander’s novel “Hope, A Tragedy” and NPR “comic correspondent” Dan Zevin’s essay collection “Dan Gets a Mini-Van.”
The winner receives $5,000. The prize is named for humorist-cartoonist James Thurber and has been given to Calvin Trillin, Christopher Buckley and David Sedaris among others. Zweibel won in 2006 for his novel “The Other Shulman.”
Dr. Oz, union plumber aid injured tourist
Quick-thinking good Samaritans, including TV’s “Dr. Oz,” helped save the life of a British tourist whose leg was severed by a runaway taxi in midtown Manhattan.
The 23-year-old victim, Sian Green, was struck in a Rockefeller Center plaza Tuesday.
Union plumber David Justino fashioned a tourniquet with his work belt for one of Green’s legs. He used a dog leash for the other injured leg.
Mehmet Oz, who was walking in the area, rushed over when he heard the accident. He credits Justino for saving the woman’s life.
Police say the cabdriver was issued a summons for being an unauthorized driver. The accident is under investigation; he could face other charges.