light 'em up if you have these candles, boys
A 13-year-old has launched his own line of scented candles meant for men, with fragrances that include bacon, New York-style pizza, sawdust and the smell of a fresh leather baseball mitt. Hart Main of Marysville in central Ohio says he got the idea for his "Mancans" when he was making fun of his sister for selling candles with girly scents for a school fundraiser. Columbus station WCMH-TV reported he launched his company last Thanksgiving, making the candles using scores of empty cans from soup he donated to a soup kitchen. Hart says he has sold 500 candles for $5 each, online and at local stores. He says he's made enough profit to buy a nice bicycle.
Robber demands loot, shows 2 IDs
A hapless bank robber who abided by a Dallas teller's request to provide two forms of identification before she could give him money is going to prison. A judge sentenced Nathan Wayne Pugh, 49, of Sachse to more than eight years on Tuesday. Pugh tried to hold up a Dallas Wells Fargo Bank in July and, as instructed, showed his Wells Fargo debit card and a state ID card. He was captured as he tried to flee with $800. Pugh pleaded guilty in October to a bank robbery charge.
Taxpayers would get top billing
New Mexico lawmakers want to give taxpayers a more prominent pat on the back. The Senate unanimously approved a proposal requiring the installation of a plaque on a new or renovated public building that provides a thank you to taxpayers before listing any elected officials in office at the time of construction. State law already requires an acknowledgment for taxpayer funding of buildings, but the legislation ensures that gets top billing. Republican Mark Boitano of Albuquerque sponsored the bill that now goes to the House.
Tufts president bans naked run
The president of Tufts University in Massachusetts has put an end to the student tradition of running around nude to mark the end of the fall semester. President Lawrence Bacow said in an op-ed piece in the student newspaper that the Naked Quad Run has become too dangerous because of excessive alcohol consumption, slippery sidewalks and dangerously low temperatures that put student health at risk. He also noted that police consider it illegal. The run dates to the 1970s.
Compiled from Times wires