Sheriff's a salesman
Pink 'Go Joe' underwear gets Spanish theme
An Arizona sheriff famous for making prisoners wear pink underwear is introducing a Spanish-language version of the shorts he sells to the public. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio began issuing pink underwear to inmates more than 15 years ago to cut down on theft. He began selling them to the public after speaking about them on national television. The versions that went on sale for $15 this week are imprinted with "Vamos Jose!" The original shorts, also $15, feature a sheriff's star and a "Go Joe" logo.
Crash sends spuds to a worthy cause
As if to prove that good deeds can come from the strangest circumstances, potatoes that spilled from a semitrailer after a crash Sunday with a freight train are being used to feed needy families in Delaware. The Department of Transportation asked the Food Bank of Delaware if it could use a dump truck full of potatoes, and the food bank immediately accepted. Damaged potatoes were removed by volunteers, and bags of spuds will be offered to the food bank's 440 hunger relief program partners statewide. Also good news: The truck driver, who faces charges, was not injured.
Giving 'em a break
Fake eggs fool mama flamingos
An Ohio zoo is using artificial eggs to fool its mother flamingos, so they don't wear themselves out. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has found eggs laid by its female flamingos are most likely to hatch if they're put in an incubator. But, the Columbus Dispatch reported, when eggs are taken away, the mothers can keep laying replacements. Zoo assistant curator Carrie Pratt told the newspaper that to get the females to stop producing eggs, the zoo gives them fake eggs made of wood or plaster. The zoo just welcomed its latest incubated chicks — three that were hatched less than a week ago.
It's the law
Suspect views child porn in jail
A Washington state man accused of child sex crimes is allowed to view child pornography in jail. The sheriff and the prosecutor don't like it. But Weldon Marc Gilbert is acting as his own lawyer in the case, and that means he's allowed to review the evidence. More than 100 videos and photographs were seized from Gilbert's Lake Tapps home after his 2007 arrest. Authorities say some of them were shot by Gilbert. Gilbert worked as a pilot and is accused of using money and alcohol to lure more than a dozen boys to his home, where police say he molested them.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.