Stars aligned for Obama ... at least for now
A panel discussion of seven astrologers in Denver predicted that Barack Obama will be elected president of the United States in November, according to the Denver Post. It has to do with the Saturn-Jupiter conjunction spelling change, or something. But it sounded very official. "Obama's chart and the United States' chart are very much alike," said panelist Sandra-Leigh Serio. "From an astrological standpoint, he's a man of destiny." But it wasn't unanimous. "(John) McCain also has a strong connection to the U.S. chart." And panelist Shelley Ackerman warned that the position of Neptune was going to give Obama all kinds of problems. But whatever the planetary alignment says is final, right? "Doing this in the shadows of Mercury and Neptune — this might not have any validity at all in a few months," Serio said. Oh. Well, that was useful.
Free with purchase
Car dealer pulls trigger to make sale
A car dealer in Butler, Mo., is offering his customers a unique incentive program. Buy a car, get some gas ... or a gun. Max Motors is offering customers the choice of $250 worth of gas or a free semiautomatic handgun. General manager Walter Moore says he likes the semiautomatic "because it holds more rounds." The dealer doesn't just hand over a gun. It gives a certificate, which buyers can redeem after passing a background check. But with the cost of gas, surely people are taking the gas, right? "Right now were running 80 percent toward the gun," Moore said. Moore brushed aside criticism of the promotion. "I don't understand what's the bad idea. Down here, we all believe in God, guts and guns."
Tired of whistlers, she showed them
An Israeli woman on vacation in New Zealand — "She's not an unattractive-looking lady," said Sgt. Peter Masters — was upset when a group of construction workers started whistling at her as she got cash from an ATM. Annoyed, she decided to get back at them by stripping naked on the sidewalk. Wait, let's read that again: attractive lady, obnoxious guys, she's mad ... and gets naked ... to get back at them? Yeah, doesn't make any sense, but that's what it says. "She said she had thought, 'I'll show them,' " Masters said. And she did. Police told the woman that what she did was not acceptable behavior, and asked her not to do it again. But it stopped the whistling, according to witnesses.
Baggies and baggage
To move pot, she flies commercial
Police in Sacramento, Calif., arrested Rachael Ann Wilson, 29, on charges of an intricate drug smuggling caper. Well, it really wasn't all that intricate. KCRA-TV reports that according to police, Wilson stashed 12 pounds of marijuana into some coffee cans, then put those into some cardboard boxes ... and checked them as luggage on a US Airways flight to Georgia. The boxes were big enough that they didn't fit through X-ray machines, so security agents opened the boxes and found the pot.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.