A bid to help lonely hearts sets off vitriol
Mayor John Molony of the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa thought he had a brilliant idea: to find companions for lonely bachelors, recruit ugly women. "May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa," he was quoted in the Townsville Bulletin. Well, some folks didn't think the idea was so brilliant. The comments sparked outrage among the town's female population. "There's a lot of anger circulating among the community at the moment — a lot of passionate anger," Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce manager Patricia O'Callaghan said Monday. Molony says his comments were "twisted and warped" by the newspaper. There's more: The situation may not be quite as dire as Molony claimed. The 2006 census shows males made up just 53 percent of the town's population of about 20,000.
the houdini of snakes
Poisonous snake is really clever or ...
What's with the vanishing venomous viper in Galveston, Texas? The snake that vanished twice in the past month has turned up again after a one-week absence from Moody Gardens. The aquarium's spokeswoman, Jerri Hamachek, says the missing 10-inch African bush viper was found Friday night outside the visitor center entrance, and officials believe there is human involvement. The same viper disappeared Aug. 8 from the venomous snake exhibit, and it went missing for two days last month.
a bad road trip
Next time, take a photo along
They had the time and the car, so Butler County, Ky., Sheriff Joe Gaddie and a deputy took a 4,100-mile trip to California to pick up a fugitive. After getting back, there was a problem: They had the wrong guy. A man named Joe Oros was sought on an outstanding warrant on charges of fleeing and evading police and drunken driving. But a check of mugshots and fingerprints showed the man wanted in Kentucky was not really Joe Oros but had stolen Joe Oros' identity. After finding the mistake, Butler County officials paid for Oros to fly back to California. The real suspect is still out there.
A fish tale not to angler's liking
When 12-year-old angler Zack Bastian went fishing, he didn't expect to have this tale to tell. Zack was on the Grand River in Michigan last week when he saw a bobbing hand attached to an arm. Naturally, he and his stepfather called police, who acted very calm. The hand and arm were fake and belonged to a police dive team. The team's commander, Sgt. Joe Brown, was surprised the weighted-down dummy resurfaced. Team members were unable to retrieve it after an exercise in June. Zack said he would have preferred casting for bass or carp.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.