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Bridal Fashions Shown At Former Prison

MANSFIELD, Ohio, Nov. 25 (UPI) — Organizers of the Glamour in the Slammer Bridal Show at a closed Ohio prison said nearly 40 vendors turned out to display their wares. The organizers said nearly 500 people attended Sunday’s event at the Mansfield Reformatory to view the latest bridal fashions, the Mansfield News Journal reported Thursday. […]

No Charges For Phoenix Jones

SEATTLE, Nov. 25 (UPI) — Seattle prosecutors said self-proclaimed “superhero” Phoenix Jones will not face assault charges, but they said the man is “no hero.” City Attorney Pete Holmes said “proof problems” prevented him from filing misdemeanor assault charges against Jones, who publicly unmasked himself as Benjamin Fodor, 23, prior to an Oct. 13 hearing, […]

Couple Advised To Divorce For Names

OREBRO, Sweden, Nov. 16 (UPI) — A Swedish couple said officials in the country told them they would have to get a divorce to get the same name for their whole family. Jenny Stagsegel Johansson and Henrik Johansson of Orebro said they were not married when their first child, Tuva, was born, so they were […]

Most Expensive Tea Grown With Panda Poo

CHENGDU, China, Nov. 17 (UPI) — A Chinese businessman charging $34,569 per about 1.1 pounds of his “panda tea,” which is grown with the animal’s waste, said it has an anti-cancer function. An Yanshi, 41, said he received a patent for the tea, which he grows using panda droppings as fertilizer at his Ya An […]

Beagle Adopted After Surviving Gas Chamber

NEW JERSEY, N.J., Nov. 16 (UPI) — A beagle mix that survived the gas chamber at an Alabama shelter has been adopted by a New Jersey family who said they “can’t deny he has a purpose.” Joe Dwyer of Nutley said he and his wife, Geralynn, and daughter, Jenna, brought Daniel the miracle beagle mix […]

Class Encourages The Tone Deaf To Sing

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 17 (UPI) — Organizers of a Massachusetts town’s “Glee for the Musically Challenged” program said the group is designed for residents who love to sing but lack the talent. Lenna Kutner, 54, who created the course for Newton Community Education, said the program forgoes the usual musical instruction in favor of focusing […]

Students Demand Balls Back In Petition

TORONTO, Nov. 17 (UPI) — Students at a Toronto elementary school were circulating a petition Thursday demanding the principal lift a ban on balls in the playground. Principal Alicia Fernandez of the kindergarten through grade 8 Earl Beatty School issued the ban on all types of balls except for soft sponge types Monday. It came […]

NYC Marathon Runner Loses Car For 2 Days

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) — An Albany, N.Y., man says he finished the New York City Marathon only to realize he couldn’t remember where he parked his car for two days. Charles Petraske, 34, parked his hybrid Hyundai Sonata in a Manhattan garage Nov. 6 and boarded a charter bus to the Staten Island […]

Cruelty Charge Dropped For Biker With Dog

TUCKERTON, N.J., Nov. 15 (UPI) — New Jersey authorities dismissed an animal cruelty charge against a man who promised not to drive to work again with his dog behind his motorcycle windshield. Gyula Szatmari, 56, of Tuckerton pleaded guilty Tuesday to an unsafe driving charge and the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty […]

Barber Lets His Customers Make Offers

CANTON, Ohio, Nov. 15 (UPI) — An Ohio barber who runs his shop out of the rented building that doubles as his home said he has changed his prices to allow customers to make offers. Gregory Burnett, who opened his single-chair Old School Barber Shop in Canton two years ago, said business has been slowing […]

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