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ODDball news story thread
« on: May 18, 2011, 06:04:15 PM »
The softspoken, darkly handsome man in the blue Giants tie sips his cafe-au-lait here at the bbs cafe. "I come across weird news stories every now and then, and I thought I'd start a thread to share them with the Huddle. Hear a good story?"

Example:

  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Police in Nebraska say they've nabbed a
pair of suspected grease thieves, thanks in part to the smell of
old french fries.
      Christy Harris, of Everton, Mo., and Jesse Moore, of
Springfield, Mo., are charged with larceny. They're suspected of
siphoning used cooking oil from a bin outside a Lincoln restaurant.
Police think they may be involved in several other grease thefts.
      Some businesses buy used grease for biodiesel fuel.
      Harris and Moore were arrested early Wednesday after police
stopped a pickup truck hauling a big tank. Officers say the tank
smelled like "old, stale french fries." Police say the truck also
had no rear license tag.
      Harris and Moore were taken to the Lancaster County jail, and
later released. Officials had no information on whether they had an
attorney.



  You want fries wid dat?" >:D >:D
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nothing else to do in Texas?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011, 04:36:12 PM »
C-US-ODD--Noodling-Texas,123
Bill would allow Texans to catch fish by hand
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      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texans who want to catch catfish using only
their bare hands would be able to do so legally under legislation
approved by the state Senate.
      While budget negotiations were teetering on the brink of
collapse Thursday, state senators took action to legalize hand
fishing, called noodling, in Texas. Right now the fine is $500 for
noodling in Texas.
      The bill would require "noodlers" to have a fishing license
and freshwater fishing stamp.
      Enduring joking questions from fellow senators, bill sponsor
Sen. Bob Deuell said he's never noodled, but that the bill needed
to be passed for the "noodlers of Texas."
      The measure was already passed by the House and is headed for
Gov. Rick Perry's desk, where his signature would make it law.
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He FELL off the curb, according to the police report..
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 05:36:31 PM »
November 27, 2010

            Associated Press

            AUGUSTA, Ga. - A U.S. Marine reservist collecting toys for children
            was stabbed when he helped stop a suspected shoplifter in eastern
            Georgia.

            Best Buy sales manager Orvin Smith told The Augusta Chronicle that
            man was seen on surveillance cameras Friday putting a laptop under
            his jacket at the Augusta store.

            When confronted, the man became irate, knocked down an employee,
            pulled a knife and ran toward the door. Outside were four Marines
            collecting toys for the service branch's "Toys For Tots" program.

            Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of them,
            Cpl. Phillip Duggan, in the back. The cut did not appear to be
            severe.

            The suspect was transported to the local hospital with two broken
            arms, a broken leg, possible broken ribs, assorted lacerations and
            bruises he obtained when he fell trying to run after stabbing the
            Marine.

            The suspect, whose name was not released, was held until police
            arrived. The Richmond County Sheriff's office said it is
            investigating.
             
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for drakes sakes
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 08:08:22 PM »
AP-KY--ODD-Duckling Rescue,100
Dozens help pull 11 ducklings from storm drain
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      LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Stormy weather might be meant for ducks,
but storm drains aren't.
      When 11 ducklings fell through the grates of a Lexington storm
drain on Monday, dozens of people spent four hours rescuing them.
      The drain in an office park became the focal point when workers
spotted a duck under a parked truck. Betty Sophin, an office worker
in the park, tells WKYT-TV the duck was atop a storm grate. Below
sat 11 stranded ducklings.
      Sophin said police, road crews and even animal control were
called in to help.
      Video shot by WKYT-TV shows the happy duck family waddling away
afterward.
      ---
      Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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5 pages single spaced?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 09:32:05 PM »
AP-US-ODD--Defendants' Homework,130
Ohio judge gives defendants homework assignments
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      TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio gives defendants what sounds
like homework assignments as a part of probation sentences.
      Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Stacy Cook in Toledo has ordered
offenders to write five-page reports on topics including teen
violence, drug use and head injuries.
      The judge tells The Blade newspaper her goal is to get
defendants thinking about why what they did was wrong and how it
hurt others.
      The Blade reports Cook has told as many as 30 people to write
papers since she took the bench in 2007. She reads all of them and
says it seems that the number of writers who've later returned to
her court for serious probation violations has been low.
      Lawyer Richard Hasbrook agrees with that assessment. He's the
public defender in Cook's courtroom.
      ---
 =D>
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Hard to believe this one....
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2011, 05:20:43 PM »
"Un-frigging-believable! And I have plainfolk in my family from Lancaster PA."

C-US--Star-Spangled College,130
N. Ind. college to review playing national anthem
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      GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) - A small Indiana college that began playing
"The Star-Spangled Banner" for the first time at sporting events
last year plans to review next month whether to continue the
practice.
      Goshen College's board of directors is set to meet in early June
to evaluate the practice an playing an instrumental version of the
national anthem, followed by a peace prayer, before games and other
events. The Elkhart Truth reports that an announcement is expected
soon after a decision is made.
      Some at the 1,000-student college with ties to the Mennonite
Church were upset with the school's decision last year because of
the song's lyrics contain references to using war and military
might to defend the country. The board will review feedback and
reports collected by the college over the past year.


 :confused:
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Just chillin'
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 04:36:32 PM »
o good humor in frosty Pa. frozen treat feud
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      UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police are hoping the threat of losing
their permits will be enough to thaw the frosty relationship of two
Pennsylvania ice cream truck drivers accused of trying to run each
other off the road.
      The Herald-Standard of Uniontown reports police told the rival
vendors to chill out after a dispute Wednesday night.
      Authorities say the wife of one vendor told police the other man
tried to run her husband off the road.
      The implicated ice cream driver disputes the woman's account,
saying it was her husband who tried to force him off the road. He
also claimed the man had returned his good humored hello by
shouting an expletive.
      Patrolman Thomas Kolencik says he warned both drivers the city
could explore revoking their permits if they can't get along.
      ---
      Information from: Herald-Standard,
http://www.heraldstandard.com/
 :hurt:
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Now that is NOT Super...
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 05:36:03 PM »
AP-US-ODD--Superman Fence Struck,130
Car hits decorated fence at Ohio 'Superman house'
AP Photo OHCLE102
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      CLEVELAND (AP) - A car has taken out part of a fence paying
tribute to Superman around the Cleveland home where two high school
kids created the Man of Steel.
      The picket fence around the childhood home of Joe Shuster is
decorated with large metal plates reprinting the first Superman
story from a 1938 comic book. The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports
Tuesday night's crash damaged seven of the 15 color plates.
      Neighborhood development director Tracey Kirksey tells the
newspaper she believes a man who lives near the house hit the fence
with his car. She says he wants to pay for the damage.
      Last month, a historical marker honoring Shuster and classmate
and Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was stolen in the same
Glenville area of Cleveland. It was returned undamaged weeks later.
      ---
      Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com
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Honest officer its free speech!
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2011, 10:23:07 PM »
Case unlikely against man who flipped off trooper
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      GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado State Patrol has asked that
prosecutors drop a criminal harassment charge against a 35-year-old
man accused of displaying his middle finger to a state trooper.
      Denver's KMGH-TV reported Friday that the Jefferson County
district attorney's office has filed a motion to dismiss the case
against Shane Boor.
      The State Patrol says Boor's gesture is protected free speech.
      The American Civil Liberties Union made that argument when it
offered free representation to Boor.
      Boor has said he made the gesture when he saw a trooper stop a
car in April. He was later stopped and received a summons for a
harassment charge.
      The charge carries a penalty of up to six months in jail.
      ---
      Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com

 :P
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I'm-a gonna make ya na offer ya can't refuse
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 05:37:49 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Horse Head-Alley,71
Severed horse head found in Pa. city alley
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      WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Someone left a severed horse head in a
southwestern Pennsylvania city.
      Officials in Washington, Pa., say the head was found Monday in
an alley in a densely populated neighborhood.
      Councilman Matt Staniszewski says the decomposing head had been
reduced to mostly bone but called the smell "unbearable."
      Officials removed the remains and disposed of them. Police are
investigating.
      The city of about 15,000 people is about 20 miles southwest of
Pittsburgh.

 :suspious:
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Get that thing out of the garage!
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2011, 05:07:48 PM »
How to make your booboos pay...

C-US-ODD--Balloon Boy, 1st Ld-Writethru,123
Colo. balloon boy parents say they'll sell balloon
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      FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The former Colorado couple that told
authorities their son floated away in a helium balloon have made a
video saying they'll auction off the inflatable to raise money for
Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.
      TMZ.com posted the video in which Richard and Mayumi Heene
(HEE'-nee) say they'll work with California lawyer Perry Rausher on
the auction. Rausher confirmed to the Coloradoan he is working with
the Heenes.
      The Heenes' son wasn't inside the balloon when it floated away
in 2009. Mayumi Heene served 20 days in jail for filing a false
report. Richard Heene served 30 days in jail for a felony count of
attempting to influence a public servant.
      Terms of their probation say they can't profit from their story
until 2013.
 :D
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oh brother! must be something in the water
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2011, 03:53:03 PM »
AP-US-ODD--Classmates in Multiples, 1st Ld-Writethru,130
Ohio school graduating triplets, 10 sets of twins
AP Photo OHYOU101
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      CANFIELD, Ohio (AP) - The graduating class at an Ohio high
school features a multitude of multiples: 10 sets of twins and one
set of triplets.
      They make up 8 percent of the 282 seniors receiving their
diplomas from Canfield High School on June 12.
      Principal John Tullio tells The Vindicator of Youngstown the 23
students from multiple births all have come up from kindergarten in
the Canfield school district, about 60 miles southeast of
Cleveland.
      Some will attend college with their siblings. Anthony Ferraro
tells the newspaper it would be a big deal to separate from twin
Jesse, who calls his brother "a permanent friend."
      Alex and Christian Syrianoudis are the only set of twins who are
identical, and they are splitting up for college. Alex says it will
be a growing experience.
      ---
      Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com
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Re: ODDball news story thread
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2011, 07:14:49 PM »
17 Year old sells kidney for an iPad2.

"Apple lovers are known for their somewhat radical devotion to any new products the company introduces, but selling body parts to afford them is definitely something new — and scary. According to Global Times, a youngster in China's Anhui province wanted a new iPad 2 tablet so badly he was willing to part with a kidney to be able to afford it."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_technews/20110602/tc_yblog_technews/17-year-old-sells-his-kidney-for-ipad-2;_ylt=AmZ1Ek2XpfE0W7AHd3zvRF5H2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTRkOXFvaTNuBGFzc2V0A3libG9nX3RlY2huZXdzLzIwMTEwNjAyLzE3LXllYXItb2xkLXNlbGxzLWhpcy1raWRuZXktZm9yLWlwYWQtMgRjY29kZQN0b3BnbXB0b3AyMDBwb29sBGNwb3MDMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrAzE3LXllYXItb2xkcw--

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Sounds like Eagles fans...
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011, 03:59:01 PM »
BC-US--Rabid Beavers,63
Rabid beaver attacks 3 in Philadelphia
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      PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania wildlife officials say a rabid
beaver attacked three people in Philadelphia.
      The Game Commission reported Friday that an animal blamed for
attacking a couple on Wednesday and a child on Thursday tested
positive for rabies.
      The attacks happened on or near Pennypack Creek in northeast
Philadelphia. Authorities are warning people to be on the alert for
animals acting unusually in the area.
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tongue in cheek, I'm sure
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2011, 12:04:41 PM »
VPalin: ‘We Must Never Forget the Wisdom of Jefferson, and his Wife, Weezy’
Former Gov. Gives History Lesson

 
MONTICELLO (The Borowitz Report) – Visiting Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, Monticello, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today paid tribute to the nation’s third President, telling an audience of supporters, “We must never forget the wisdom of Jefferson, and his wife, Weezy.”

Gov. Palin said that “at a time of our history when the American people needed leadership, it was Jefferson who said the immortal words, ‘We’re movin’ on up.’”

The former Alaska Governor, criticized in recent days over her grasp of American history, used the Monticello speech to demonstrate her knowledge of the country’s founding fathers.

“Let us have the ingenuity of Benjamin Franklin, who invented the electric chair,” she said.

“Let us have the honesty of George Washington, who told his father that he chopped down a cherry tree because it was blocking his view of Russia,” she added.  “And let us have Washington’s perseverance, which he demonstrated during that harsh winter at Sweet Valley High.”

But she saved her most fulsome praise for her favorite American hero, Paul Revere: “In his famous cry, ‘One if by land, two if by sea,’ Paul Revere proved that you don’t have to know how to count higher than two to be a great American.”

At the end of her speech in Monticello, Gov. Palin said that she was looking forward to the next stop on her bus tour, Philadelphia, “the home of the Taco Bell.”


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