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The skinny: Mom plays city for basketball hoop, but loses

March sadness

Mom plays city for basketball hoop, but loses

A Delaware mom played an unusual basketball game Friday, but lost her family's basketball hoop to transportation workers and state police. John and Melissa McCafferty admitted they had received more than one letter warning that trees and other objects — like the basketball hoop — should not be within seven feet of the pavement's edge, but they were not expecting the police cars and heavy machinery that showed up. Melissa, 39, said she was thinking of her 10-year-old daughter when she parked her van underneath the goal, climbed the pole and perched herself behind the backboard. The police and work crews returned later, and a front-end loader yanked the pole out of the ground and put it in a dump truck that hauled it away.

A rolling start

At this rink I thee wed ...

A Virginia couple chose to get their married life rolling at a northwestern Pennsylvania roller skating rink. Shelly Everett, 24, and Travis Rodgers, 23, met as preteens at the Seneca Skating Rink, where they were married Wednesday. Everett wore a traditional gown and traded a "first dance" with her new husband for a "first skate" instead. Both graduated from high schools about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh. Rodgers told the Derrick newspaper of Oil City that instead of a standard church wedding, they wanted to do "something special." They live in Virginia Beach, Va.

That's why she's 'ex'

He made his bed, but won't lie in it

A man who mimicked a female voice is exchanging his ill-gotten Tempur-Pedic mattress for a cot in a federal prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho said Ricky Vaughn Barry, 60, of Hamilton, Mont., was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for impersonating his ex-wife when he called to open a line of credit and order a $4,000 bed and sheets. Before he placed the order, though, the recording said "this call may be recorded," and it was. The case developed after his ex-wife pulled her credit report and found accounts used to purchase the bed and a laptop. The charges did not include the laptop, but both items were sold to help pay just over $7,700 in restitution.

Animal instincts

Doggy doo dispute leads to gunfight

Police say an argument that started when a Mississippi man's dog defecated in his neighbor's yard escalated into a shootout, sending one of the men to the hospital. Police say Terry Tenhet, 54, was mad at his neighbor because Jerry Blasingame's dog "went" in his yard. Authorities said the two men began shooting at one another Wednesday and Tenhet was hit in the chest, arm and hip by a shotgun blast. His injuries weren't considered life threatening. Blasingame, 60, was charged with aggravated assault. Tenhet also could face charges.

Compiled from Times wires.

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The skinny: Mom plays city for basketball hoop, but loses 03/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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