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Cops Might've Missed the Illicit Party—if Not for the KFC Order

Hungry Aussies, who should've been under lockdown, fined $18K

(Newser) - Australian police say they broke up a birthday party that attendants will remember "for a long time" since it resulted in some $18,000 in fines. Victoria Police found 16 partygoers hiding out at a home in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong early Friday in defiance of coronavirus restrictions.... More »

Best Way to Get a Pothole Fixed? Break Out the Birthday Cake

It worked for Frank Sereno of Kansas City

(Newser) - "My gosh, if this is what it takes to get potholes fixed, we'll never get anything done." So says Frank Sereno of Kansas City, Mo., who threw a birthday party for a 2-foot-wide depression outside his home after it went unfixed for three months. "I got... More »

Imelda Marcos Threw a Party. It Did Not Go Well

261 people are hospitalized with suspected food poisoning

(Newser) - The 90th birthday celebration for former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos wasn't much of a party for more than 260 people hospitalized with suspected food poisoning. Rice, boiled eggs, and chicken Adobo was prepared for 2,500 well-wishers at a sports complex in Manila on Wednesday before dozens reported... More »

Dad Killed Over Fight Between Kids at Kindergarten Party

A 27-year-old has been charged with homicide

(Newser) - Police say a Pennsylvania man was hosting a kindergarten graduation party for his son and several other children when he was fatally shot, the AP reports. Witnesses tell state police that a fight or rough play between the victim's 6-year-old son and another 6-year-old led to an argument between... More »

One Viral Invite, Thousands of Party Crashers at Quinceañera

One man was killed during a horse race at Rubi Ibarra Garcia's 15th birthday celebration

(Newser) - They braced themselves for the possibility of more than a million guests, but in the end, Rubi Ibarra Garcia's family only had to deal with thousands who showed up for the 15-year-old's birthday party in La Joya, Mexico. It all started when her dad, Crescencio Ibarra, put up... More »

Woman Shot Dead at Her Toddler's Birthday Party

A 6-year-old boy was the youngest of the six others who were injured

(Newser) - The group had gathered on the porch of a home in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Thursday to celebrate a 2-year-old's birthday with balloons, a birthday cake, and a highchair. Then shots rang out. Authorities say up to three assailants on foot opened fire on the party around 6:20pm Thursday,... More »

Man's Attempt to Get Friend to Stay at Party Kills Him

Jonathan Carlyle Merkley laid down in front of moving car

(Newser) - A birthday party in California turned tragic after the guest of honor was run over and killed by his friend. Police say Jonathan Carlyle Merkley was celebrating his 34th birthday early Sunday at a hotel near San Diego when a woman decided to leave the party. Merkley wanted her to... More »

Frustrated Man Hosts Birthday Party for Neighborhood Pothole

'Happy birthday, Pothole!'

(Newser) - How long do you have to live with a pothole on your street before you start treating it like a member of the family? Apparently a year will do it. Mashable reports Eddie Prosser of Jackson, Mississippi, got so tired of the city ignoring his complaints about the pothole outside... More »

Insurance Laws Forced Woman to Sue Nephew: Lawyers

Jennifer Connell was only going to get $1 for medical bills: attorneys

(Newser) - There are two sides to every story, and now lawyers for the New York City woman who sued her 12-year-old nephew are telling hers. The Internet has demonized Jennifer Connell for suing Sean Tarala after he accidentally broke her wrist while in an excited state at his eighth-birthday party in... More »

Aunt Sues Nephew for Being Too Excited at Birthday Party

Jennifer Connell says wrist injury from gleeful 8-year-old upended her life

(Newser) - "If only they could just hug it out," laments the New York Daily News in the case of Connell v. Tarala—Connell being 54-year-old Jennifer Connell, Tarala her 12-year-old nephew Sean, who she claims was so excited at his birthday party four years ago that he broke her... More »

Dalai Lama's Birthday Bash Driving Planners Nuts

What gifts and what kind of cake to make for spiritual leader are tough calls

(Newser) - He's the man who has (and wants) nothing, which is putting birthday planners in a peculiar predicament. The Dalai Lama turns 80 on Monday, and per the Wall Street Journal , it's been a task and a half to prepare for an address he's giving to about 15,... More »

Poop Raining From Sky Ruins Girl's Sweet 16

Philadelphia family suspects feces came from a plane

(Newser) - At least the party was memorable. Pennsylvania teen Jacinda Cambray was celebrating her Sweet 16 birthday with about 40 guests in her family's backyard on Sunday when a party pooper brought the event to a screeching halt. Family members had just brought the teen's giant purple cake inside... More »

Snubbed Girl, 10, Gets Party of a Lifetime

Strangers made day special for girl with genetic disorder

(Newser) - None of the 10 or so girls invited to Mackenzie Moretter's 10th birthday party could make it—so the Shakopee, Minn., girl had to settle for a massive party with hundreds of people instead. Mackenzie has Sotos syndrome, which has delayed her speech development and learning and caused her... More »

Vacuum Demo: Best Birthday Ever for Autistic Teen

Dylan Johnson, 14, knew more about vacuums than salesman did at his birthday bash

(Newser) - For 25 years, Al Archie has been a salesman for the Kirby vacuum company, but he finally met his match in appliance expertise over the weekend: Dylan Johnson, an autistic teen whose mom had commissioned Archie to come to Chesterfield, Va., to do a vacuum demo for her son's... More »

Dog Walker Shoots Neighbor's Dog

Man opens fire when other dog jumps fence

(Newser) - A dog walk in suburban Denver is generating attention because it ended with a man shooting to death his neighbor's dog. As the Denver Post reports, the Martinez family of Commerce City were hosting a 5-year-old's birthday party when Clifford, their Labrador mix, jumped a fence. After hearing... More »

Little Girl Drowns as Revelers Sing 'Happy Birthday'

Sinaia Moore found in 4-foot pool at backyard party

(Newser) - A 4-year-old girl met a tragic fate in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night as people at a backyard party sang "Happy Birthday" to another child, the Daily News reports. Police say the revelers found little Sinaia Moore at the bottom of the 4-foot, inground pool and tried to revive... More »

2 Dead, 22 Hurt in Shooting at Texas Party

Police in Houston suburb are seeking 2 shooters

(Newser) - Two people have been killed and at least 22 others injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in suburban Houston, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. The shots erupted late last night at the party where more than 100 mostly young adults had gathered at a... More »

Facebook Party Invite Goes Viral, Sparks Dutch Melee

Thousands descend on Haren, along with riot police

(Newser) - Oh, the importance of privacy settings. A Dutch girl sent out an invite via Facebook to her 16th birthday party, which ended up getting viewed by about 30,000 people. Last night, a crowd estimated at 3,000 showed up in the small town of Haren, and the ensuing vandalism,... More »

Student Dies After Binge to Celebrate 21st Birthday

Drake University student collapses after night of celebration

(Newser) - Sad story from Iowa's Drake University: A student celebrating her 21st birthday died after consuming about 16 shots, reports the Des Moines Register . Lydia Gale Clark had been out celebrating with friends, got sick the next morning, and collapsed on her bathroom floor. Her dad, who says a previously... More »

Facebook Invite Leads 1,500 to Girl's Party

Whopping 15K had RSVPed yes to public invite

(Newser) - A German teen identified only as Thessa got the shock of her life when a Facebook invitation to her 16th birthday party, meant only for a small group of family and friends, went viral after she forgot to mark the event as private. More than 1,500 German youth showed... More »

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