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Heat is cold...ooops
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2011, 05:08:18 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Heat-Ad Mistake, 1st Ld-Writethru,128
Wrong team: Paper runs ad touting Miami Heat win
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      MIAMI (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks' win over the Heat is a huge
upset for fans in Miami. Making matters worse, an ad in the local
paper has mistakenly congratulated the Heat on winning.
      A full-page ad that ran in Monday's Miami Herald reads
"Congratulations Miami" next to photos of Heat championship
T-shirts and hats from Macy's. One T-shirt reads "Heat 2011 NBA
Finals Champions" and the ad shows the Heat's logo on a hat with
the words "NBA Champions."
      The ad ran under a story about the Heat's loss.
      The newspaper has issued a correction and apologized for any
inconvenience. A Macy's spokeswoman called it an unfortunate error
and apologized to Heat fans.
      The Mavericks beat the Heat 105-95 in game six of the NBA finals
on Sunday in Miami.
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BYRD vs hawk
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2011, 06:12:22 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Byrd Rescues Hawk,128
Oregon officer named Byrd rescues young hawk
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      PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - It's the kind of story that creates its
own headline - Byrd Rescues Hawk.
      Oregon's KGW-TV reports that Portland Police Bureau officer Cage
Byrd - his real name - spotted a young red-tailed hawk standing
outside a downtown hair salon on Tuesday.
      The raptor chick appeared to be injured, so Byrd grabbed some
towels and a box from a nearby hotel and took the hawk to a
veterinary hospital.
      The bird was later taken to the Audubon Society, which says the
hawk probably fell from a nest near the KGW Audubon Raptor Cam. The
remote camera records the activity of a raptor family and is shown
on a website that has become popular.
      One of the three chicks sustained a leg injury last week.
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      Online:
      http://www.kgw.com/lifestyle/raptor-cam
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Another bird story
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2011, 05:19:46 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Deer Carcass-Outage,130
Woman photographs eagle and prey on power line
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      EAST MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman photographing a bald
eagle in a spruce tree near her house also made a picture of what
was left of its prey - a fawn carcass dangling from a power line.
      Lee Bridges, of East Missoula, says she photographed the eagle
Wednesday morning because she had never seen one so close to her
house along the Clark Fork River.
      At about the same time, a NorthWestern Energy employee
responding to a power outage drove up. Bridges asked what caused
the outage and he pointed at the line and said, "it looks like
you've got a deer with wings."
      The lineman told Bridges the fawn's carcass hit the first line
and swung into another line, sparking the 30-minute outage.
      The lineman said he'd never seen anything like it.

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Re: ODDball news story thread
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2011, 08:05:56 AM »

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Zombie lovers hack signs
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2011, 05:28:35 PM »
"I saw this the other day coming back from the Yankees game"

BC-US-ODD--Zombies Ahead,124
Hacked road sign warns of zombies in northern Ky.
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      FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - The zombie menace has once again found its
way onto a highway sign.
      After pranksters switched the message on an electronic road
sign, motorists in northern Kentucky were warned this week to watch
for zombies along the Interstate 71-75 corridor.
      The usual message about upcoming roadwork was changed to:
"Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead."
      Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Nancy Wood said the
Transportation Cabinet learned about the new message midmorning
Thursday and turned it off until it can be fixed. Wood said
officials are not amused by the prank.
      The gag was hardly original. There was a spate of such pranks in
2009 in Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois and Texas. Last
March, someone posted a zombie warning on a highway sign in South
Carolina.
     
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Bangor Maine vs homeless
« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2011, 05:56:31 PM »
"How can he afford a cellphone?"

BC-US-ODD--Cellphone Charge,90
Maine homeless man charged for charging cellphone
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      BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Police have brought charges against a
homeless man in Maine who helped himself to an outdoor electrical
outlet to charge a pair of cellphones.
      A Bangor police officer checking downtown businesses discovered
23-year-old Shaun Fawster charging his cellphones in an outlet
hidden behind some flowers.
      Fawster was charged last weekend with theft of services, as well
as carrying a concealed weapon after the officer found a folding
knife tucked underneath his shirt.
      The Bangor Daily News says Fawster was later released from jail.
It's unknown if he has an attorney.

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I just wanted to VENT
« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2011, 05:57:53 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Trapped in Vent,103
Colo. man spends 15 hours in air-conditioning vent
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      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A 28-year-old Colorado man was rescued
dusty but alive after he was trapped nearly 15 hours in an
air-conditioning vent.
      Englewood police say they responded to calls for help Tuesday
from the roof of an elementary school, where they discovered a man
trapped 30 feet down the vent.
      Firefighters had to cut open the vent to pull the man out.
      The Denver Post reports that the man, who wasn't identified,
told police he stole a friend's purse Monday night and threw it on
the roof. When he climbed onto the roof to get the purse, he fell
into the vent and became stuck.
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Holy....kudzu?
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2011, 06:04:34 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Kudzu Jesus, 1st Ld-Writethru,120
Holy kudzu! Vine in NC town said to resemble Jesus
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      KINSTON, N.C. (AP) - Some residents in an eastern North Carolina
city say a patch of kudzu growing on a utility pole is more than an
invasive vine. They see a likeness to Jesus Christ on the cross.
      The Free Press of Kinston reports that people began noticing the
growth last week.
      Kent Hardison runs Ma's Hot Dog stand nearby. He says he was
getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the
resemblance.
      Hardison and his customers think the vine can be seen as a
symbolic reminder that God is watching over people.
      But the likeness could also cause some problems. A University of
Maryland biology professor says kudzu costs power companies about
$1.5 million a year to repair damaged lines.

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Good thing it was NOT an earwig...
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2011, 06:08:05 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Stuck Moth,111
Doctors pull stubborn moth from Colo. boy's ear
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      PARKER, Colo. (AP) - Doctors have removed a stubborn moth from a
12-year-old Colorado boy's ear after trying in vain to kill it.
      In the end, the moth was removed with tweezers.
      Wade Scholte of Parker, southeast of Denver, says the moth
crawled into his ear Sunday night after he fell asleep. He awoke
screaming and crying.
      After trying to remove the moth at home, the boy headed to the
emergency room with his mother.
      The doctors numbed Wade's ear and then tried drowning the moth
to kill it. Finally they used tweezers and pulled it out alive.
      According to KUSA-TV, doctors put the moth in a cup to give the
boy as a keepsake.
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Aw, he just wanted to raise the rent...
« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2011, 06:11:08 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Atheist Billboard-Church, 1st Ld-Writethru,129
Atheist billboard removed from church land in Ohio
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      COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A billboard supporting atheism has been
taken down from property owned by an Ohio church after the pastor
complained.
      The ad put up in Columbus by the Freedom From Religion
Foundation featured the beaming face of a local nonbeliever and the
man's message: "I can be good without God."
      The sign had upset Rev. Waymon Malone of Christ Cathedral
Church. The church owns the land where the billboard went up.
Malone was unavailable for comment, but his mother-in-law told The
Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that the pastor ordered the ad be
removed.
      Account executive Jay Schmidt with Matrix Media Services calls
the billboard's placement "an unfortunate oversight." The ad
agency says the sign came down days after it was installed last
week and is back up at another site.
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Hey, EdS izzat you in dere?
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2011, 10:37:33 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Banana Car,127
Pennsylvania man's banana car peels through Flint
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      FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Talk about peeling out.
      A Pennsylvania man cruised into Flint, Mich., this week in his
giant, motorized banana and parked it on the bricks of Saginaw
Street.
      Some looked confused. Many snapped pictures.
      Banana car owner Steve Braithwaite tells The Flint Journal he
had no idea how much he was going to enjoy people laughing and
smiling at him.
      The Coopersburg, Pa., resident with Flint ties brought the
former pickup truck back through the area, more than two years
after buying the original vehicle from a junkyard in Genesee
County's Argentine Township.
      Braithwaite decided one day he wanted to turn a Ford F-150 into
a banana and travel the world in it.
      So, what he calls his "crazy desire to do something
ridiculous" became a yellow-tinged reality.
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Re: ODDball news story thread
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2011, 09:44:29 PM »
  NY motorcyclist in helmet protest hits head, diesAPAP – Mon, Jul 4, 2011      ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — A man riding bareheaded on one of about 550 motorcycles in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died, police said Sunday.
The motorcyclist, 55-year-old Philip A. Contos, likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet, state troopers said.
The accident happened Saturday afternoon in Onondaga, a town in central New York near Syracuse.
Contos was driving a 1983 Harley-Davidson on a helmet protest ride organized by the Onondaga chapter of American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, or ABATE, troopers said. The organization states that it encourages the voluntary use of helmets but opposes mandatory helmet laws.
Contos, of Parish, hit his brakes, and his motorcycle fishtailed and went out of control, flipping him over the handlebars, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The statewide president of ABATE, Thomas Alton, said Contos wasn't a member of ABATE but was a motorcyclist with 30 years of experience.
"He was one of the public who wanted to join in support of helmet freedom," Alton said.
Participants in the ride, which the Onondaga chapter has held annually for 11 years on the July 4th weekend, were told it was their choice whether to wear helmets, Alton said, and some wore them while others didn't.
"I don't believe we've ever had a fatality on any group run of any kind," he said.
The ride, on a hot, sunny afternoon, was about 30 miles long from Syracuse to Lake Como near Cortland.
No other motorcycles were involved in the accident, Alton said.
"An officer of my group said there may have been equipment difficulties for the rider," he said. "Apparently he was riding a motorcycle that wasn't his usual one. Some vehicles have different quirks."
While mandatory helmet laws are a major issue for ABATE, the group also lobbies for numerous other issues, including adding motorcycle awareness to driver's permit exams and fighting motorcycle-only police checkpoints.
"Awareness is our first issue," Alton said. "A large percentage of motorcyclists killed on the highway have been because a car turned left in front of it."
New York is one of 20 states that require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Lobbying by motorcyclist groups has led some states to repeal helmet laws.
A helmet that meets federal standards reduces the wearer's chances of being killed in an accident by more than 40 percent, said safety consultant Jim Hedlund, of the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Annual motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled since the late 1990s, peaking in 2008 at 5,312 deaths but dropping to 3,615 last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says.   

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You gots lots 'splainin' to do Lucie
« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2011, 04:30:55 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Lucy the Elephant,129
Lightning strikes twice for NJ's Lucy the Elephant
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By WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press
MARGATE, N.J. (AP) - Who says lightning never strikes twice in
the same place? Certainly not Lucy the Elephant.
The national historic landmark on the Jersey shore was damaged
over the weekend by a lightning strike that knocked out electrical,
computer, alarm and air conditioning systems.
Richard Helfant, executive director of the group that operates
Lucy, says Sunday's lightning strike could cost anywhere from
$10,000 to $100,000 to fix.
Lucy was also hit by lightning in 2006. That hit caused $162,000
worth of damage to her riding carriage, called a howdah. After that
incident, lightning rods were installed. They may have helped limit
the damage from Sunday's strike.
The popular 65-foot tall wood and metal tourist attraction just
south of Atlantic City remains open and will mark its 130th
birthday in two weeks.
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Having a dog of a day? NO BEER!
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2011, 04:44:54 PM »
BC-US--Drunken Puppy Buying,102
NYC pet store bans drunken puppy-buying
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NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City pet store that's surrounded by
bars has banned drunken puppy-buying.
Workers at Le Petite Puppy in Greenwich Village say customers
tend to stumble in after happy hour and purchase a dog without
thinking. Drunken customers now are forbidden to even hold the
puppies, because they can drop them.
Store owner Dana Rich tells WINS-AM that she instructs people
who have clearly been drinking to come back the next day.
Employees say they stress how much work it is to own a dog. They
say they would rather lose a sale than send a puppy into an unsafe
home.
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WEEZE and his Gator?
« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2011, 04:47:01 PM »
BC-US-ODD--Preserved Alligator Theft,129
Intoxicated men take dead alligator off-roading
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HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say three intoxicated men stole
a 14-foot flattened and preserved alligator, strapped it to a
pickup truck and took it off-roading.
The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports that
55-year-old Douglas Ward of Linden, 60-year-old Roy Griffith of
Linden and 53-year-old John Sanborn of Harrison are charged with
breaking and entering.
The charges stem from a June 25 theft from a barn in Hartland
Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit. Sheriff Bob Bezotte
says the alligator's owner found tire tracks near his barn and
followed them to a party in Deerfield Township where the men were
driving their vehicles around in the mud.
The men are due in Livingston County District Court July 20.
The Associated Press sought comment from the men's defense
lawyers Thursday morning.
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