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Woman just loves her love handles now

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Woman just loves her love handles now

Samantha Lynn Frazier, above, has been thinking about dropping a few pounds for a while, but that all changed early Saturday morning when she got shot. The Florida woman was on vacation in Atlantic City when she was shot in the gut outside a bar. At first she thought that something bit her, until she saw all the blood. Then she passed out. Doctors told her that her "love handles" — also known as "fat" — stopped the bullet before it did any serious damage. Talk about enabling. "I'd been hollering how I want to lose weight," Frazier, 35, told the Press of Atlantic City. "I don't want to lose weight anymore. I want to be as big as I can if it's going to stop a bullet. I could have been dead."

Dept. of Education

Student would never make deal with devil

Tieanna Trough didn't want to write an essay for her English class at Gray's Creek High School in Fayetteville, N.C. Not because she was lazy. On the contrary, she was jeopardizing her honor roll status in an AB program. The problem was that the subject was making deals with the devil, during studies of Washington Irving's short story, The Devil and Tom Walker. Trough said that writing about making a deal with the devil ran counter to her Christian beliefs. "We can't allow God into the classrooms, but yet they are going to allow the devil in the classroom," her mother, Monice McLean, told WTVD-TV. Which, as far as logic goes, is solid. Usually, this is the kind of story where you can expect an update in a couple of days that there was outrage after national media coverage and the school relented and gave her a different assignment. But for this one, there's no waiting. The school gave her a different subject after the local coverage. The alternate topic is how and why money is important. Which is similar to the original topic, but acceptable to everyone.

Special delivery

Courier's colleagues help get bike back

Bicycle courier Jesus Tobar was making a delivery in Los Angeles, and while he was dropping off a package, someone was outside stealing his $500 Iron Horse Desperado mountain bike. But L.A. bicycle couriers stick together, and by the time he came outside, two other couriers were chasing the thief. Within five blocks one got close enough to grab the thief's shirt and pull him to the ground. He ran away, but the Los Angeles Times says police have a working description: "We are now looking for a 30-year-old man with a torn shirt, a possibly sprained ankle, as well as road rash," said Commander Andrew Smith.

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

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