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HE BROKE THE LINKS, BUT NOT THE CUFFS

OUTTA HERE

Terry Davis was able to get out of custody, but not out of his handcuffs. He was being held in connection with a jewelry heist when he somehow managed to slip out of the Oak Ridge, Tenn., interrogation room, which apparently was not guarded quite as well as you might suspect. But Davis, 34, got out and eluded officers for nine days before they caught him. They totally knew it was him when they caught him for two reasons. A) They found him at his home (They'll never look there!). B) He still was wearing his cuffs. He managed to break the chain, but couldn't get the bracelets off.

Building is gone, protesters remain

The Friends of Superior were really serious about saving the Palace Theater in Superior, Wis. So much so that they didn't stop trying to save it even after it had been demolished. So the group made a legal motion to block the demolition of the historic vaudeville and movie house, where the judge made a profound ruling. "You cannot save a building if it doesn't exist," U.S. District Judge John Shabaz said in a statement that would seem almost impossible to argue with. "The entire motion appears to be moot." Shabaz said the group could continue to trial if it wanted to, but would have to change its official complaint.

DUMB CRIMINALS

Be careful where you point that gun

It always looks tough when the thug in movies sticks his gun in the waistband of his pants, often with a menacing grimace on his face. But if there ever was a don't try this at home warning on something, this would be a good one. The Wichita Eagle reports of a confrontation in which three men attempted to kidnap a teen in a dispute over stereo speakers. One of the men pulled a gun and took a shot at the teen, but missed. Then he stuck the gun in his waistband, right in the front of his pants, and it went off. This time, he hit something ... something he really didn't mean to hit. It hurt so bad that he accidentally fired again, hitting himself in the leg, which probably took his mind off all the pain from the first shot. He was treated and arrested. His pals were arrested, too.

No sense leaving without a remote

A thief in southwestern France broke into a man's home and stole his television. He got away with that. He didn't get busted until he came back to steal the remote control. When the man got home and saw that his TV was gone, he went to the police station to report the crime. It was at about the same time that the thief smacked himself in the head for forgetting the remote. So he went back, a neighbor saw him breaking in and called police, who raced down to the house before the thief got away again. "I guess there's daring and there's stupid," said a police spokesperson.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster.

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"After winning re-election last week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a quick visit to Mexico. Arnold said he went to Mexico so he could thank everyone who voted for him."

'Late Night' host Conan O'Brien

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