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A 15-year-old boy stole a bus, drove it along a public transit route, picked up passengers and collected fares, authorities said Sunday.
The youth took the bus Saturday from the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, where it was parked awaiting sale at an auction, a Seminole County sheriff’s report said. “I drove that bus better than most of the [transit agency] drivers could,” the teen, who is too young to drive legally, told a deputy after he was stopped and arrested.
Passengers and deputies said the teenager drove the bus at normal speeds and made all the appropriate stops on the route. But one passenger, suspicious of the driver’s youthful looks, called 911. The youth was charged with grand theft auto and driving without a license.
Storm system blasts East Coast
Thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity Sunday from Maryland to Maine as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths.
A falling tree killed a motorcyclist in Massachusetts, police said. In New Hampshire, one man was missing after falling off a cruise ship on Lake Winnipesaukee during the storm late Saturday, and one man drowned when his kayak overturned on a rain-swollen river, state officials said.
In hard-hit Maine, a 165-foot crane with a wrecking ball attached toppled in one of the most populous neighborhoods of Portland, falling on three houses. No injuries were reported.
More than 100,000 utility customers throughout the region, including 44,000 in Maine, were without power Sunday.
Gallaudet revokes hiring of president
The board of trustees of the nation’s premier school for the deaf voted Sunday to revoke the appointment of the incoming president, who had been the subject of weeks of protests that at times shut down the campus.
The vote at Gallaudet University came after a daylong closed-door meeting that followed protests by students and faculty members, the board said. Jane Fernandes, the former provost, had been selected in May to take office in January.
In a statement posted on the university’s Web site, Fernandes said she learned of the board’s decision with “deep regret.”
“I love Gallaudet University, and I believe I could have made a significant contribution to its future,” she said. “I hope that the Gallaudet community can heal the wounds that have been created.”
Protesters had said that Fernandes, 50, was a divisive and ineffective leader as provost and that she was not the best person to address problems with diversity, declining enrollments and low graduation rates.
Compiled from The Associated Press