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The skinny: Hot air balloon adds to rush hour thrill on Massachusetts Turnpike

Beating the traffic

Hot air balloon adds to thrill of rush hour

Rush hour on the Massachusetts Turnpike is just that. But drivers who saw an emergency landing by a hot air balloon had something to talk about near the office water cooler Thursday. State police say the balloon carrying seven people touched down about 7:30 a.m. on a ramp leading to a highway maintenance area in Auburn. No one was injured. Police said the pilot was having trouble controlling the balloon and wanted to bring it down before it reached a crowded urban area. The balloon was removed within about 30 minutes, and the ramp was reopened.

Gut buster

Is a 1,500-calorie burger 'fast' food?

Want fries with that . . . doughnut? A food booth in Syracuse will unveil the "Big Kahuna Donut Burger" at this year's New York State Fair. For between $5 and $6, gutsy eaters will get a quarter-pound burger between slices of a grilled, glazed doughnut. Toss on some cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion and you've got a 1,500-calorie meal. The fair, which opens Aug. 25, isn't the only one with offbeat ingredients. Wisconsin has chocolate covered bacon on a stick, Texas offers fried beer, Massachusetts provides fried jelly beans, and North Carolina has the "Koolickle:" pickles soaked in Kool-Aid.

Nyah, nyah . . . hah!

Cops respond to Facebook taunt

There are those who get their kicks out of defying authority. Victor Burgos is one of them. A fugitive from upstate New York, he taunted police on his Facebook page to "catch me if you can. I'm in Brooklyn." Burgos, 29 and wanted by Utica police for domestic violence and harassment of his former girlfriend, allegedly issued the challenge after his mug shot appeared on the Utica Police Department's 10 most wanted list. U.S. marshals and New York detectives found Burgos at his computer with his Facebook page open in an apartment in Brooklyn Monday night. It will be a while before his next status update.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Hot air balloon adds to rush hour thrill on Massachusetts Turnpike 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 8:37pm]
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