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The skinny: It's now spring, have you burned your socks yet?


It's now spring, have you burned your socks yet?

Members of the Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, Md., welcomed in spring the way they have for the past 30 years, with a celebratory burning of their socks. "We got about 375 people, and they are tossing in their socks. One fellow even tossed in his jeans," yacht club member Susan Nahmias told the Baltimore Sun. Sounds potentially smelly. Meanwhile, at Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center, they decided to be a little more productive about the changing of the seasons. Instead of burning socks, they donated more than 700 pairs of socks to a local mission. New socks. They would probably just burn the used ones. "We always need socks," Helping Up Mission director Barry Burnett said.

Culinary crimes

Burglar cooks up dinner, leaves

Police in Hillsdale, N.J., say that someone broke in to the Matsu Sushi Grill on Saturday night. Let's overlook for the moment that the words "sushi" and "grill" seem a little odd in the name of a restaurant. According to the report, someone entered through an exhaust fan, grabbed a piece of chicken out of the freezer — the "sushi" restaurant had chicken . . . in a freezer — and cooked it in a frying pan. A frying pan? Sheesh. The man apparently ate the chicken with some rice — finally, something that makes sense at a sushi joint — then left without washing the dishes. Or taking the $200 in the register.

Standoff ends when pizza's gone

They take their pizza delivery very seriously in Anchorage, Alaska. A man was making a pie delivery on Sunday when he was confronted by a man with a gun and a stick. While he was trying to figure out his next move — which should have been to give up the pizza — he was attacked by three other people from behind. They made off with the pizza, but the man followed one of the attackers and called police. They brought in the SWAT team. "They knew they were going to jail and they didn't want to come out because they wanted to eat the pizza," Lt. Dave Parker told the Anchorage Daily News. The pizza was not recovered.

Police reports

Bar calls cops over attire violation

So, a guy walks into a bar wearing only a hospital gown, with an IV needle hanging out of his arm. No, really, there's no punch line. It happened. Police say Elbert Lewis Thompson II, 20, walked out of Allegheny General Hospital near Pittsburgh on Friday and into JR's Bar. But at most bars, when someone walks in wearing a hospital gown, it gets attention. Police were called and captured Thompson, who it turns out was wanted in Michigan on charges of armed robbery.

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

The skinny: It's now spring, have you burned your socks yet? 03/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 22, 2010 9:22pm]
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