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Falling Icicles Kill And Injure Record Numbers In St. Petersburg

icicleThis winter has marked to coldest for Russia in three decades, but that’s not the only record being set this season. Five people have been killed, and 150 injured, from falling icicles in St. Petersburg. The Telegraph reports:

Apartment block roofs have caved in under the weight of snow with water seeping into people’s homes and damaging books in the Russian National Library.

In recent days, a six-month old baby received serious injuries after a chunk of ice dropped on her pram, an eight-year old boy suffered serious spinal damage after an icicle struck his back, and at least two people hit by falling ice are now in hospital fighting for their lives.

But it is the unusually large number of people who have been struck by icicles that has caused the most concern.

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Segway Tycoon Dies In Segway Accident

Let’s overlook the irony that the man who owned the Segway scooter business, Jimi Heselden, has died in a Segway accident. However, there has been some speculation that it was not an accident.  While the police suspect no foul play, the lesson to be learned here is that Segways are not for off-roading. The Independent reports:

A millionaire businessman who died when a Segway scooter built by his own company plunged over a cliff and into a river was a “much-loved father and husband”, his family said today.

Jimi Heselden, 62, was found in the River Wharfe at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, yesterday morning and died at the scene.

It appeared Mr Heselden, whose company builds and markets the Segway upright scooter, accidentally drove over a cliff into the river. It is understood one of the machines was found nearby.

Members of his family, many of whom paid an emotional visit to the scene of the accident this afternoon, described their grief at Mr Heselden’s death.

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