NEW YORK (AP) -- What can brown do for you? Plenty. Especially on December 22nd. UPS predicts that will be its busiest day this holiday season, delivering an estimated 26 million packages. The company says the surge will be thanks to procrastinators, who buy last-minute gifts online. It also expects a total of 120 million packages the week before Christmas this year. UPS plans to hire 55,000 seasonal workers to help out. That's up from last year, but down from the 60,000 hired in 2007
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- A dangling protester left commuters hanging. Authorities say fired county worker Michael Davitt drove onto New York's Tappan Zee Bridge yesterday and stopped his van. According to Rockland County deputies, Davitt lowered a rope ladder and climbed down, then sat in a harness for more than three hours. He had a banner accusing local officials of a "cover-up" and "retaliation." Traffic was backed up for hours. Authorities say Davitt eventually jumped into the water and tried to swim away. He was picked up by a police boat.
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) -- Maybe the airline lost his luggage. A man was spotted walking around in the buff at the terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport. Airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs says the man wasn't wearing a thing, not even underwear. Police took him into custody and then to a hospital for evaluation. Officials say there was no security risk and there are no charges pending against him.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk about an easy "A." Students at the George Washington University medical school complained about a no-show prof -- who gave them all "A's." Officials at the school say Venetia Orcutt has resigned. Students told administrators she never taught a required class, despite the excellent grades she had given them. University officials say they're investigating the students' charges.
DEER IN STORE
EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- Oh, deer! That was no shopper crashing through the glass door at a central New Jersey mall. State wildlife officials report a 2-year-old buck wasn't hurt yesterday in the incident at Monmouth Mall. The animal slipped on the marble floor, then ran into a store. The buck also charged a store employee. The animal was looking into a mirror before wildlife officials shot it with a tranquilizer gun. The deer was later released in a wildlife management area.
POLO GROUNDS GIFT
NEW YORK (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants aren't forgetting their old home back East. The Giants left New York after the 1957 season. But now the team is donating 50-grand to help rebuild the last remaining bit of the Polo Grounds in upper Manhattan. The ballpark was torn down in 1964 and is now the site of a housing project. A stairway that used to lead from a ticket booth down to the stadium is all that remains. The city is spending $950,000 on the project. The New York Post reports the football Giants also played at the Polo Grounds and are donating $200,000. Other donors include the Yankees, Mets, Jets and Major League Baseball.
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