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The skinny: Ready, set, snore! Spain holds siesta contest

Ready, set, snore!

SPANISH CONTEST can be easily won lying down

A custom endangered by the demands of modern life got a boost Thursday in what was billed as Spain's first siesta competition. The nine-day snooze Olympiad got under way in a shopping mall. Some competitors snuggled with giant stuffed animals or clutched pillows, others wore airplane eye masks to block the light. A young stern-faced judge with a T-shirt bearing the letters "ZZZ" monitored the proceedings from a lifeguard's chair. The winner of the inaugural round was portly construction worker Fermin Lominchar, 47, who was timed as having slept 18 minutes of the 20 allotted minutes. "I just conked out. No problem whatsoever," he said, accepting his $42.30 gift certificate.

Day care station

Babysitting cops make quick arrests

Officers at a police department in Washington Park, Mo., did not have to step out of the police station in search of excitement Wednesday. The thrill started when a 9-month-old baby girl was dropped off by babysitter Pepper Arnold. She said "the mother refused to come and get her child," said police Chief Dave Clark. Police determined Arnold had a federal warrant out for her arrest for fraud charges, and she was arrested. Then the child's grandmother, JoAnna Rivers, came to the police station. After a computer check, "we found she had two warrants out for her arrest," Clark said. The good news: Police finally located mom Roshanda Stewart and were able to convince her to pick up the child.

Crash course

Pass driver's test, ram exam center

Moments after he passed his driver's test Wednesday, a man crashed his car into the glass doors of the license exam center in Collier, Pa., his startled instructor still in the passenger seat. The car skidded into the building, where about 10 customers were seated in a waiting area. "He thought he had it in park but he didn't," Collier police Sgt. Brian Halbleib said, and the car jumped the curb when he took his foot off the brake. "He panicked and hit the accelerator." No word on whether the license was revoked.

No bathroom humor

Pilot's toilet paper stunt is grounded

Authorities say a man tossed wet toilet paper from a small plane onto a New Jersey athletic field, but his intent wasn't nefarious: He was making a test run for a planned flight Saturday to drop streamers in school colors before Westwood High School's football game. Westwood police Chief Frank Regino told the Record of Woodland Park on Thursday that the pilot will be charged with violating a law that prohibits low-flying stunts over densely inhabited areas or public gatherings. The toilet paper landed near a soccer field where high school players were practicing.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Ready, set, snore! Spain holds siesta contest 10/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:12pm]
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