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Bow legs, slobber win beauty title for bulldog

Bulldogged beauty

Bow legs, sloth, drool … title's perfect for Lucy

Lucy Brown slobbers, is slothful and has bloodshot eyes. A natural, you could say, for the title of this year's Beautiful Bulldog. Lucy, a three-year-old, from Johnston, Iowa, edged out 49 dogs to win the title at the Drake Relays sporting event in Des Moines, Iowa. Officials use the term "beautiful" loosely for the tongue-in-cheek pageant, now in its 32nd year. Her owner, Nancy Brown, said: "She just thinks that the world goes around her. You know, Queen Lucy." Lucy will make a series of public appearances and serve as the mascot for the Drake Relays. "They're looking for that bulldog with bloody eyes and drool coming down from the mouth. Bowed legs, maybe a nice costume," said master of ceremonies Dolph Pulliam. Lucy had competition: some of the entrants were decked out in camouflage, angel wings and tutus.

Pocket dial's a bust

Cell phone stayed honest, called 911

An ill-timed, inadvertent 911 call led police to three larceny suspects overheard planning break-ins in upstate New York. Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said police already looking for a suspicious person got the unlikely assist when one of the men "pocket dialed" his cell phone's emergency number while driving near the scene of an earlier heist. As a dispatcher relayed the conversation to deputies, the men discussed their plans, described their surroundings and even commented, "there go the cops now." Walsh says that was enough for a deputy to turn around and stop the Kia Sportage full of tools stolen from a business in the Syracuse suburb of Clay. The dispatcher then heard the driver being asked for his license and registration.

'Marijuana Grannies'

Before bust, they took power to pot

Two women described by a prosecutor as "marijuana grannies" were jailed on allegations that they were growing hundreds of pot plants in their San Bruno, Calif., home, authorities said Tuesday. Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65, were arrested after neighbors called police to report a burglary, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. A search found 800 marijuana plants, $3,000 in cash and an electrical bypass that apparently allowed the women to tap into a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line to steal electricity, Wagstaffe said.

Super stogie

In the mood for a puff after lunch?

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But one Cuban man is hoping that a 268-foot super-stogie he rolled is also a world record. Jose Castelar and his aides started working on it at the end of April and finished Tuesday. British diplomats measured the cigar, but it has yet to be verified by Guinness World Records. Castelar holds the Guinness mark for a 148-foot cigar he rolled in 2008.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

Bow legs, slobber win beauty title for bulldog 05/03/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 8:48pm]
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