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The skinny: Man crosses a dozen state lines for pizza

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Man crosses a dozen state lines for pizza

David Schuler likes the pizza at Town Spa in Stoughton, Mass. Problem is, he lives in Jackson, Miss., and the 1,400 miles in between puts his favorite pie well outside the restaurant's delivery area. So when he was in town visiting family, he decided to make a special order for carryout. He called ahead and asked for 50 10-inch pies with cheese, 50 with linguica and onion and 50 with pepper and onion. They were vacuum-packed and frozen, and he gave them $1,197 after coupons and discounts, packed them in four coolers and made his way home. "A crazy person would do something like this," he told the Patriot-Ledger of Quincy, Mass. He says his love for the Town Spa pizza is only half of the equation. "Pizza in Mississippi is horrible."

Going down

Potential horror movie plot averted

Edward Tyler and Windell Admaker are construction workers on a project on Staten Island. They were working, alone, on Sunday at a hotel being converted to an assisted living facility. They got into an elevator, and that's when things got all Stephen King. The door wouldn't open, so they tried to hit buttons until it would. Then the elevator went down and stopped. Water started filling the cabin, very slowly. They climbed up on a cart, but soon the water was up to their necks. The water level rose and fell, just to make it a complete psychodrama. There was no one to hear them scream, but luckily they had cell service. The fire department got to them before it was too late. "They were happy to see us," said fire Capt. James Melvin.

Police reports

Woman just hates really expensive art

After Susan Burns was arrested in April on charges that she attacked an $80 million painting called Two Tahitian Women by Paul Gauguin, she was released when she agreed to stay out of all museums and art galleries in Washington. It was a promise she could not keep. She was recently arrested again, this time on charges that she repeatedly slammed Henri Matisse's The Plumed Hat against the wall, again at the National Gallery of Art. She didn't damage the $2.5 million work, but messed up the frame. She was checked into the city's mental health facility, in a room with no art.

Man breaks into home, takes shower

Police in Bethlehem, Pa., have arrested Jarrod Fenner, 25, after they found him taking a shower. Technically, that wasn't the illegal part. Police were somewhat concerned because he was technically not in his own shower. Three women live in the house where Fenner was found, and none of them knew him, reports the Morning Call of Allentown. A window was open and a screen broken. Fenner lives about two blocks away and told police that he had taken drugs earlier in the day. Police say Fenner also stated: "I bit my own umbilical cord off when I was born," though no one could confirm that, or determine a context in which that might be relevant.

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

The skinny: Man crosses a dozen state lines for pizza 08/15/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 10:08pm]
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