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Mayor wins with promise he can easily keep


Mayor wins with promise he can easily keep

Truth in advertising pays off sometimes. In the mayoral election in Prolozac, Croatia, Josko Risa ran on a platform that he would openly rip off the city's residents at every opportunity. His slogan: "All for me — Nothing for you." It worked. He won in a landslide. "I just told them the truth," he said. Voters liked that. "We're going to get ripped off no matter who takes over," said Ivan Vjisnic, 57. "At least he's being honest and up front about it. And he has said that if things get better for him then they will get better for us."

Freedom of speech can be annoying

Rodney Horton is running for re-election as president of the Middletown Borough (Pa.) Council. During a campaign event outside the polls, Horton was challenged by resident Michael Bowman, who is not a fan. Horton and Bowman have a history, according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., and Horton is tired of hearing what Bowman is saying. "It's time to let the people speak without intimidation," Horton said. So he called the police, which would probably serve to intimidate a person who was speaking, it would seem. Problem, according to police Chief Keith R. Reismiller: "It wasn't a crime. It is freedom of speech."


Cops ready to raid ... any day now

As soon as the delivery gets there, Spanish police in Madrid plan to storm an apartment that they think is filled with venomous snakes. They are waiting for the delivery to do it because the delivery is a snake venom antidote. They believe there are two pythons, five boa constrictors and a rattlesnake in there. They think the snakes are in secure cages in the apartment, but why take a chance? The antidote is coming from Mexico, and is expected to get there within three days. Police were alerted to the possible presence of the snakes when the apartment resident was hospitalized with a rattlesnake bite.


Snake jump rope

Remember that Pittsburgh high school student who was arrested because police say he used a school snake as a jump rope? Turns out, he did not use it as a jump rope. He swung it around over his head. "It's not a big enough snake to jump rope with," said schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh. The police also said that the snake, an albino corn snake, was being treated by a veterinarian. It was not. It is okay, according to Pugh.

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

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