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The skinny: Spider-man, Jedi use powers to catch a thief


Spider-man, Jedi use powers to catch a thief

Michael Baulderstone, 45, isn't actually Spider-Man, but since he was having a special promotion at his comic book store in Adelaide, Australia, on Saturday, he dressed up like Spidey. Don't judge. A lot of customers came in costume. Don't judge them, either. During the event, he noticed a man stealing a copy of X-Man Omnibus, valued at $150. Do not judge. So he stealthily followed the guy around the store. "My Spider-sense was tingling," Baulderstone said. Okay, you can judge that. When the guy bolted for the door, Baulderstone told the Times of London, he shouted for someone to block the exit. "It just happened that (two) Jedi Knights were there and they had their light sabers out so they held the door until the police arrived." Baulderstone appreciated that the police kept a straight face as they arrested the suspect.

A cape doesn't make you so super

Police in Kansas City, Mo., report that someone tried to steal a semitrailer cab, and while they don't want to jump to conclusions, he was wearing a Superman cape. The truck got stuck during a low-speed chase, and he wasn't able to pull it out with his bare hands. And despite wearing a cape, he tried to escape on foot. Police caught him, so if he can fly, he really should have.

Oh, deer

Bucks show up in time for Bucks game

Basketball fans in Milwaukee were settling in at Stout Ale House to watch their favorite NBA team — the Bucks — take on the Atlanta Hawks in a playoff game on Sunday when two bucks entered the bar. It was totally a coincidence, though, not an attempt to be cute. About 30 people were in the restaurant when the first animal crashed through the glass doors, which left it bloody and dazed. Then the other followed it in and went to a private room, a move that gets pro athletes in trouble all the time. Customers and employees wrestled the deer before it kicked or bit anyone. General manager Jay Ouellette says it's the first time deer have ever crashed into the restaurant. "It was pretty amusing."

Birds and bees

Students can't see educational film

Education officials in Hungary made a film to warn teenagers of the dangers of underage sex in an effort to curb the hundreds of abortions performed on teens each year. The film, targeted at 13- and 14-year-olds, was submitted to the country's ratings board, which deemed it too explicit for anyone under 16. So the target audience can't watch it.

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

The skinny: Spider-man, Jedi use powers to catch a thief 05/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 3, 2010 9:48pm]
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