Shoelaces As Seen In The News
Shoelaces occasionally make an appearance in the news, where they have been involved in good and bad, happy and sad events. Here's some excerpts from various news stories involving shoelaces.
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News Story Excerpts – 2007
This ref rules the game
– The Chronicle Herald (Canada), 29-Nov-2007
"Here's the story that stands out to me," said Donnie Ehler of Basketball Nova Scotia. "The refs tell him not to blow his whistle. Well, he blew the whistle and they said, “Phil, don't blow the whistle,” but he said, “Somebody's shoelace is undone.” Sure enough, some kid's shoelace was undone and he was the only person in the gym that heard it. He hears things that nobody else can."
Smashed vases go back on display
– BBC News (UK), 09-Nov-2007
Three 17th Century Chinese porcelain vases accidentally smashed when a museum visitor tripped are back on public display
after being restored.
They were smashed into hundreds of pieces when Mr Flynn tripped over his shoelace.
Ian's Comment: See also the original story from 2006.
Clinton told to "tie her shoe"
– The Messenger (USA), 10-Oct-2007
Hillary Clinton was reminded Tuesday that even an undone shoelace can somehow be tied to the health care issue.
“We’ve been at this, in Iowa especially, a year,” said the man, adding, “And lastly, would you tie your shoe so you don’t
trip over it?”
Then, proving that even a candidate seeking the highest office in the United States can take a bit of friendly advice, she sat down and tied her shoelace. The audience loved it.
Investigation determines shooting was self-inflicted
– The News Courier (USA), 03-Oct-2007
He took their child’s shoelace and tied her hands behind her back and dragged her into the bedroom.
Mahaica taxi-driver hijacked - car stolen
– Stabroek News (Guyana), 30-Sep-2007
In the vicinity of Mosquito Hall, one of the men wrapped a shoelace around Muir's neck and began choking him, forcing him to stop the vehicle.
Police: Student Arrested After Bringing Nooses To School
– NBC 5 News (USA), 28-Sep-2007
"He had a confederate flag and noose in his car on his rearview mirror fashioned out of a shoelace," said Dep. Kevin Woodside.
Probe into Portland man's death reaches conclusion
– The Star Press (USA), 30-Sep-2007
Police say they have wrapped up their investigation of the death of Paul E. Frisch, 37, Portland, whose body was found floating in a quarry east of Ridgeville on Aug. 6 with a rock tied to his boot with a shoelace.
Police release more details in accidental shooting
– Capital News 9 (USA), 12-Sep-2007
It started as a routine job for an Albany drug task force, but it ended in a bizarre scene.
The officers tied him up with shoelace because they didn't carry handcuffs into the field either. O'Reilly escaped the shoelace restraints and ran away before being caught.
Family Suing After Son Drowns
– KNDO/KNDU News (USA), Aug-2007
Nearly a year later, the family of a Kennewick boy who drown[ed] in an irrigation pipe is suing the Kennewick Irrigation
Loch was sliding through a culvert with friends in the Beer Falls area off Clearwater in Kennewick last October when his shoelace got caught and held him under the water and he drown[ed].
Woman charged with choking man with shoelace
– Daily Tribune (USA), 17-Aug-2007
A 31-year-old Ferndale woman was charged Thursday with assault with the intent to murder after she allegedly tried choking an 82-year-old man with a shoestring.
Davis' 7 home runs help secure youth baseball World Series victory
– Dailynews (USA), 06-Aug-2007
When Devin Davis' shoelace got caught in his spokes causing a fall that fractured his arm in three places, the competitive young baseball player thought he was out for the season.
But six screws and a metal plate couldn't hold back the spunky 10-year-old.
New Glover Work Falls Short
– SFGate.com (via Associated Press), 26-Jun-2007
They shook their left hands like maracas as their left feet pounded into the boards, and eased off as Glover shifted the energy to the extreme by performing a running tap for so long and with such intensity that a shoelace came undone on one foot.
Diana's wolf whistle to Simon
– The Sun (UK), 26-Jun-2007
“I jumped off a running machine because my shoelace was undone.”
“She wolf-whistled at me across the room and yelled like a brickie, 'Nice legs!' ”
Boy, 12, shot with fireworks
– Toronto Sun (USA), 19-May-2007
But the boy tripped over his shoelace and tried to hide behind a car.
As he took cover, he was hit in the back by a rocket fired under the car.
Man back in custody after shoelace escape
– ABC (Australia), 14-May-2007
A Canadian man is back behind bars in Perth, 12 years after escaping from the Central Law Courts using a shoelace.
Driver caught on tape
– The Bakersfield Californian (USA), 04-May-2007
Erica, her brother and their mother were on F Street crossing Poso Drive at 7 p.m. when Erica stopped, apparently to tie her shoes. The mother and brother continued across the street. Erica looked up, saw them ahead of her and ran to catch up.
A westbound car hit Erica and briefly carried her on its hood before she fell beneath its wheels.
Drummer BOBBY JARZOMBEK Breaks Wrist, Is Forced To Sit Out PAINMUSEUM Festival Gig
– BlabberMouth (USA), 23-Apr-2007
Just one of those things – I was re-arranging my rehearsal studio in Hollywood when my shoelace got caught in the 'U' part of a guitar stand (the part that the neck sits into) that was laying on the floor.
Man admits killing lover with shoelace
– ABC (Australia), 18-Apr-2007
The jury had heard Fraser strangled Mr Moore with a shoelace then covered the body in clothes and bedsheets.
Miami Woman Gives Birth To Son In Minivan
– NBC6 (USA), 05-Apr-2007
"He needed something to tie the cord with," dispatcher Jasmine Fernandez said. "In a moment like that we need anything we can get so I said, 'Ask for a shoelace.' He asked, 'A specific shoelace?' I said, 'No, any shoe.' He grabbed the shoelace, tied the cord and waited for fire rescue."
Man stops car to deliver his baby
– The Free Lance-Star (USA), 05-Jan-2007
He laid the baby across Buccino's chest and used a brown shoelace from his Skechers sneakers to pinch off the umbilical cord.