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Cops wait until after wedding to bust suspect

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Cops wait until after wedding to bust suspect

As the dearly beloved were gathering for a wedding in Sanjiang, China, the local police were closing in on the suspect in a nightclub robbery. And in a confluence that could've just ruined the whole weekend, the suspect was the groom. But, it turns out that police in China are just crazy polite about such things. They waited outside the house for two days while final wedding preparations were made. They waited outside during the ceremony. They even waited outside while the couple spent their wedding night together. "When we broke in the next morning, the suspect was still asleep," police spokesman Guo Feng told the West China City Daily. The bride, blushing, reported that she didn't know her groom was wanted by anyone other than her, and implied that she might have liked to know that before committing to the whole "in good times and bad" thing.

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Polish beachgoers reconsider fence

New European rules have meant the border fences between Poland and Germany have been taken down. And what that means is that at beaches on the Baltic, Polish bathers are learning that they think their German neighbors are "perverts." It seems that the German side of the beach on the border between the two countries is clothing optional. The Polish can't believe the Germans go to the beach naked. "From a Catholic point of view the nudists are sinners. But in Germany the people are brought up freer," priest Kazimierz Sajadeusz, 68, told Bild. But the Germans are just as annoyed. "We feel like monkeys in a zoo," said Ines Muller. "Poles come with binoculars, gape at us and swear." Officials are planning on putting up signs in both languages to warn beachgoers of potential nudist and non-nudist areas.

Town offers strip club a buyout

The city of Lavonia, Ga., took seven years to save almost $1-million to retire a water treatment bond. Then it got another idea: It could take the money and buy a strip club! It's not as prurient as it may sound. Officials wanted to close Club Risque and found that buying it was the best way to get that done. "It gave a bad name for the town," Noreen Eidse of Bowersville told the Anderson Independent Mail. "I'm glad that good can overcome evil." Signs advertising the establishment were immediately burned. "Everybody is tickled to death," said City Manager Gary Fesperman. He said that the city hopes to sell the property — to some wholesome business — to recoup the money.

In Iowa, all the world is indeed a stage

Shotgun Geniez in Hamburg, Iowa, has a raised stage and specialized lighting. That makes it a theater in the eyes of the court. And that makes it okay for there to be nude dancers there. The club had been charged with violating an indecent exposure law, but that law does not apply to venues devoted to theatrical performances.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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