Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Storms deflate ambitions of lawn chair aviators

Lawn chair aviators

Storms deflate balloon flight ambitions

Thunderstorms ended the balloon flight Saturday of an Oregon gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer after they floated 30 miles. Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta were at an altitude of 10,000 feet when they had to abort plans to fly into Montana. They were six hours aloft in the tandem lawn chair rig tied to 350 5-foot-diameter balloons filled with helium. An American flag flew from the bottom. Just before liftoff in Bend, Ore., they had to ask children in the crowd to return four balloons to provide extra lift. The rig included 800 pounds of ballast — red Kool-Aid in 40-gallon barrels. Besides parachutes, they carried BB guns and blowguns to shoot out enough balloons to return to earth. Their rig was assembled from items bought at local hardware stores and junk from Couch's garage. "It's about as redneck as you can get," he said.

Love bear

Animal's followers are all atwitter

A bear affectionately known as "Glen Bearian" or "Meatball" proclaims his love for food in trash cans on his Twitter account. Sarah Aujero, 29, owner of @TheGlendaleBear and a Glendale resident, created the Twitter handle in April for the urban bear. Anxious California Department of Fish and Game officials must now balance the bear's unexpected popularity against public safety. A video from a TV chopper caught a homeowner stumbling across Glen Bearian and running the other way. In April the animal was captured, tranquilized, tagged and hauled 25 miles away from his favorite trash route. Fish and Game said it would take an "Olympic feat" for him to return from deep in the forest. About 10 weeks later, Glen Bearian and his orange ear tag were spotted in a back yard.

Duped by dog

Wag your tail if you want Xanax

Investigators say a Southern California doctor saw enough from an X-ray to prescribe painkillers to an undercover cop but missed the tail showing it was an image of a dog. Police and Los Angeles County deputies last week raided the Glendora urgent care clinic of 69-year-old Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga after a two-month investigation during which an undercover deputy showed Atiga a scan of her German shepherd. The Los Angeles Times reports he examined the X-ray and asked if she wanted Vicodin, oxycodone, Valium or Xanax.

Weed dating

Singles seek love in the rutabagas

Forget the pot farm. Think toil in the soil. An Idaho farm offers an unconventional form of speed dating. Earthly Delights Farm in late June advertised "Weed Dating." Courtship takes place on the farm, with singles working together in the fields and jokes about getting into beds. Farms in Vermont, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio have advertised similar dating events. Count on meeting sweaty activists, gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Published: 12/10/17
Updated: 12/11/17
This radio segments asks listeners to guess the race of criminals

This radio segments asks listeners to guess the race of criminals

ST. PETERSBURG — On the night of Oct. 25, a St. Petersburg woman reportedly propositioned an undercover officer.In return for oral sex, she wanted $5 and a Beanie Baby bear, according to a police report.Is she black? Or is she white? It’s a question ...
Published: 12/10/17
A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug

A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug

Whatever it was, the boom shook walls and swayed chandeliers."It sounded like a plane had crashed," said Fred Krauer Jr., 43. The noise rattled every room in his home north of State Road 52 and west of Hicks Road. "I felt it in my feet in the shower....
Published: 12/09/17
Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs, briefly shutting down Art Miami tent

Portrait of Hillary Clinton set off security dogs, briefly shutting down Art Miami tent

When two security dogs reacted to a suspicious crate before an Art Miami tent opening early Saturday morning, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area for a few hours to investigate the possible threat.But when they opened up the offending cr...
Published: 12/09/17
Opossum breaks into Florida liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

Opossum breaks into Florida liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by ...
Published: 12/02/17
A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

It was a scene reminiscent of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation."You remember the opening scene, when Clark Griswold dragged his family to a Christmas tree farm only to find the largest tree on the lot? And how it overtook his station wagon as i...
Published: 11/28/17
A woman tweeted ‘show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house.’ The replies were amazing.

A woman tweeted ‘show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house.’ The replies were amazing.

A brave woman logged onto Twitter Thursday afternoon with a simple request. "Please show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house," @jenndangerous tweeted at 12:40 as many of us were gathering around the Thanksgiving table at our relatives’ h...
Updated one month ago
Police: Florida man crashed car to prove intersection was dangerous

Police: Florida man crashed car to prove intersection was dangerous

CLERMONT — Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem. The Daily Commercial reports 61-year-old Bruce John Homer told Lake County Sh...
Updated one month ago
Florida man bites police officer during warrant hearing

Florida man bites police officer during warrant hearing

Miami (AP) — Authorities say a man bit a police officer who was taking him into custody during a hearing in a Miami courtroom.Miami-Dade police spokesman Argemis Colome tells news outlets the officer suffered a "severe injury" when Godel Leveille bit...
Updated one month ago
Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

PRAGUE — Comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech tourists who were reportedly detained by authorities in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat. Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wig...
Updated one month ago