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THE UNUSUAL

Teen defends home with brother's sword

Joshua Cary heard a noise in the basement of his Sullivan, Mo., home, grabbed a sword from his big brother's collection and went downstairs to investigate. The 14-year-old didn't mince words. "I'm going to give you until the count of three to come out, or I'm going to stab you," he yelled Thursday, said his mother, Rebecca Cary. Soon, a handcuffed man emerged, saying, "I didn't do it." Joshua led the man upstairs at sword-point. His mother ran outside and found police searching for an escaped prisoner. The man, Mark Brown, who had broken free after he was picked up on a parole violation, was taken into custody. Joshua's brother is a soldier awaiting deployment to Iraq. Rebecca Cary said the swords are for decoration, but said her older son had told Joshua he "needed to take care of his mom and sister. And he did." Cary said she was proud of her son, who went out afterward for a celebratory night of bowling.

No trucks allowed _ or Hummers

What's a truck? The answer to that question could end up restricting which highways and streets large sport utility vehicles can travel in New York. Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette wants to require heavy SUVs to travel along truck routes."Where does a passenger vehicle end and a truck begin?" Lafayette asked. "Is a 10,000-pound Hummer a truck?" Lafayette, who drives a Ford Taurus, said he's preparing legislation that would target nearly two dozen models that weigh more than 6,000 pounds.

NEXT WEEK

SUNDAY

Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Memorial service for space shuttle Columbia in Cape Canaveral.

MONDAY

Groundhog forecast from Punxsutawney, Pa.

President Bush presents his fiscal year 2005 budget proposal to Congress.

Dedication of a memorial to the Columbia shuttle crew at Arlington National Cemetery.

TUESDAY

Presidential primaries in Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

SATURDAY

Michigan presidential caucuses.

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