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The skinny: Ostrich foils rustlers, sprints home

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Ostrich foils rustlers, runs home at 40 mph

Ostriches are famous for their ability to run at high speeds but are not so well known for their sense of direction. But one stolen from a farm in Romania showed all the skills of a homing pigeon by escaping from its captors and running home at 40 mph. "I saw this cloud of dust heading toward the farm, and she came running into the yard as fast as her legs would carry her," owner Florin Diaconescu told Metro.

Impaired judgment I

His driving was as bad as hers

Tired of the nagging from the passenger seat, Brandi Fein, 40, of North Stonington, Conn., challenged David Abbot, 58, of Ledyard, Conn., to do better. Abbot gave it a try. The result: his and hers DUIs. Both are accused of taking turns behind the wheel of the same car when both were intoxicated and couldn't agree who was in better shape to drive, according to Vermont State Police. Workers at a motel in Mendon called authorities after seeing the female driver get out from behind the wheel, walk around and, according to police, yell at the man in the front passenger seat — allegedly screaming at one point, "If you can drive better, let's see it!" Both had blood-alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent, police said.

Impaired judgment II

Beer doesn't mix well at DUI hearing

Authorities say a New York man appearing before a judge on a felony drunken driving charge arrived at the court an hour and a half late, drunk and carrying an open can of beer. Sullivan County Undersheriff Eric Chaboty said Keith Gruber also had four unopened cans of beer in his bag Monday when he tried to walk through the metal detector at the county courthouse. The Middletown Times Herald-Record reported that Judge Frank LaBuda asked Gruber, 49, if he enjoyed his "liquid lunch." Gruber said he did, then said he was sorry. The judge revoked his bail. Gruber was arrested Dec. 27 in the town of Liberty and was out on $30,000 bail. He has prior DUI convictions.

Easter encore

Church offers $1,000 handout

An Ohio church that gave away $1,000 to fill more pews on Easter Sunday in 2010 is planning an encore. Lindenwald Baptist Church in Hamilton draws names to award $500 each to a member of the congregation and a guest. Pastor Randy Moore said the church had hoped for 1,000 worshippers last year, when it made the offer for the first time. It packed in 1,140 — more than double the usual Sunday attendance of around 500. The pastor says given the economy, the church will continue the giveaway to provide a financial as well as spiritual blessing.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Ostrich foils rustlers, sprints home

03/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:00pm]
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