Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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The skinny: Oh, the flea-manity! Circus troupe wiped out

Unseasonable cold weather has claimed the lives of an entire troupe of 300 performing fleas in Germany. Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find their tiny corpses in their transport box. But the upcoming dates will be honored. The Associated Press reports that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to "train" 50 fleas in time for the first show Sunday. For the record, fleas require no training. They simply are sorted by their general tendencies to leap or crawl and then fitted with wire harnesses to pull chariots or be pinned down to kick light balls.

Lonelyvilles: The places that sex ignores

According to MissTravel.com, a web dating site that hooks people up to take trips together, poor Greensboro, N.C., is the least sexy U.S. city. That's based on the reluctance of people to share a romantic adventure there. It has been rejected all 107 times it has been offered. MissTravel.com founder and chief executive Brandon Wade explains: "When it comes to setting, there's frankly nothing sexy about North Carolina." Ouch. Other losers include Richmond, Va., Atlantic City, N.J., Beverly Hills Calif., and Atlanta. Tampa Bay, Orlando and Miami, by the way, get mentioned as desirable, but Jacksonville is rated the eighth worst romance city in the nation.

Had to happen: Idea: Add guns to crime zones

"My hypothesis is that criminals have no intention of dying in your hallway," reasons University of Houston graduate student Kyle Coplen as he explains his plan to distribute weapons to people in high crime areas. Coplen's nonprofit Armed Citizen Project is soliciting donations on its website to distribute about 100 single-shot, 20 gauge shotguns, the Houston Chronicle reports. Recipients must pass a background check, have been in their home a year and complete the organization's safety and tactical course. Of course, there are critics. Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence says the plan "is like distributing cigarettes in a community with a high incidence of respiratory disease."

Hmmmm Dept.: Urine for a good time

The Lehigh Valley's IronPigs Triple-A baseball team is introducing an innovation for stadium men's rooms. A "urinal game system" will let fans participate in, ahem, a live-stream video game, New York's Daily News reports. The system turns on when a user approaches. Skilled angling of personal output during a 55-second game guides a snowmobile down an alpine road and over plump penguins. The game system was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley (Penn.) Health Network to raise awareness about prostate health.

Compiled from wire services and other sources

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Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer last week asked people on Twitter to tweet a photo at them of toppings on their new hot dogs — which the company described as "improved."The payoff? A year’s supply of hot dogs hand-delivered by none other than the iconic Wienermobile.Sha...
Published: 05/21/18
Florida man climbs atop playground equipment at Clearwater park, tells kids where babies come from

Florida man climbs atop playground equipment at Clearwater park, tells kids where babies come from

A Florida man climbed atop a piece of equipment at a Clearwater Beach playground Sunday and yelled at a bunch of children in the area.His message: Where babies come from.Police took Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, into custody on a charge of disorderly conduc...
Published: 05/21/18
Porn actor accused of shooting up Trump hotel appears in court and immediately admits to a crime

Porn actor accused of shooting up Trump hotel appears in court and immediately admits to a crime

Jonathan Oddi, the stripper and porn actor who stormed the Trump National Doral resort and got into a gunfight with police, won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon.A Miami-Dade judge on Monday morning ordered the 42-year-old Oddi held without bond....
Published: 05/21/18
To get back at co-worker, St. Pete woman took photos of her on the toilet. She now faces charges.

To get back at co-worker, St. Pete woman took photos of her on the toilet. She now faces charges.

A St. Petersburg woman is facing a felony voyeurism charge after she took photos of a co-worker using the restroom, St. Petersburg police reported.Ambrisha Costin, 25, was arrested Thursday on the charge. She later was released on $20,000 bond.Accord...
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Woman tried to start paper towel holder on fire in Tropicana Field bathroom, police say

Woman tried to start paper towel holder on fire in Tropicana Field bathroom, police say

A Clearwater woman was arrested in a bathroom at Tropicana Field Friday after police said she tried to start a paper towel holder on fire.Lisa D. Walker, 50, was arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication and possession of marijuana. The Rays wer...
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They got married on Clearwater Beach Sunday. Then they got drunk and arrested, police said.

They got married on Clearwater Beach Sunday. Then they got drunk and arrested, police said.

A man and a woman who got married on Clearwater Beach Sunday got drunk, got into a fight and were both arrested on domestic battery charges, police reported.Daniel Patrick Gillen, 61, and GeGee Riposta, 49, were arrested Sunday night. Both are from D...
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Senator wants to put a tighter leash on airline rules for service animals

Senator wants to put a tighter leash on airline rules for service animals

WASHINGTON — Congress will consider tightening the rules on service animals allowed to accompany passengers on airliners under legislation introduced this week.Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has introduced an airline bill that would align the definition ...
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