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The skinny: Wisconsin 'God Squad' gets cease-and-desist letter

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Geek squad takes issue with God squad

A Wisconsin priest has God on his car but Best Buy's lawyers on his back. Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Fond Du Lac says he received a cease-and-desist letter from the electronics retailer. At issue is Strand's black Volkswagen Beetle with door stickers bearing the name "God Squad" in a logo similar to that of Best Buy's Geek Squad, a group of electronics troubleshooters. Strand told the Fond du Lac Reporter that the car is a creative way to spur discussion and bring his faith to others. Best Buy tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it appreciates what Strand is trying to do, but it's bad precedent to let groups violate its trademarks.

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78-year-old bests 90-year-old coaster

A 78-year-old man rode a Pittsburgh-area roller coaster 90 times in one day — bringing his lifetime total to 4,000 rides. Vic Kleman spent about five hours on the Jack Rabbit roller coaster at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. The wooden coaster is no spring chicken, either. It's celebrating its 90th anniversary — the number that prompted Kleman's marathon riding session Sunday. The Jack Rabbit has an 85-foot, double-dip drop. Kleman says he has been going on it since 1959 and usually rides it about 20 times a visit. Kleman, who lives in nearby Knoxville, is a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts.

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North Korea vents in 140 characters

North Korea has opened a Twitter account as the communist country turns to new technology, including a series of video clips on YouTube brimming with satire and vitriol, to spread statements denouncing the United States and South Korea previously made through state media. Under the name "uriminzok," meaning "our people," North Korea has posted eight messages since Aug. 12 with links to a website run by the state-run Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, which is banned in the South. The account, identified as being in the capital of Pyongyang, has more than 500 followers.


Charges filed over live baby in coffin

Mexican prosecutors have filed homicide charges against one doctor and lesser charges against four others in the case of a newborn who revived in her coffin. Dr. Jenny Gijon, who declared the premature infant girl dead in early August, faces homicide, abuse and misconduct charges, said Jose Rodriguez, the attorney general of Hidalgo state. During the wake, the parents heard a noise coming out of her coffin and when they opened it found the baby crying. The infant was hospitalized but died three days later of asphyxia.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Wisconsin 'God Squad' gets cease-and-desist letter 08/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:12pm]
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