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One-man party

KEIZER, Ore. - Police near Salem, Oregon, say they arrested a naked man after he broke into two homes, drank booze and used a hot tub at one of them.

Officers received a 911 call early Sunday from a woman who was house-sitting in Keizer when she was awakened by noises coming from the laundry room.

As she went to check it out, the laundry room door slammed, so she grabbed a knife and called police and her husband.

Police found the burglar inside, naked, and arrested him without incident. Investigators determined that he climbed in through a back window after removing a screen.

They also noticed that screens had been removed from windows at a neighbor's home. Police say the suspect had burglarized that home, drinking the homeowner's alcohol and using the hot tub and shower.

TME Expect him to be charged with 'breaking and chillaxing.'

Cart blanche

PASADENA, Calif.- The Rose Bowl came to a sour end for more than just Florida State fans.

The Los Angeles Times reports the California Highway Patrol arrested a man Thursday evening after he allegedly stole a Rose Bowl golf cart and was then seen driving it in the slow lane of Interstate 210 in Pasadena.

The CHP responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call from a witness.

Sgt. Mike Munoz says the man took the cart and was apparently trying to get to his car on the other side of Pasadena.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI and the cart impounded for retrieval by bowl officials.

TME Highway, fairway it's all the same, right?

Moose mound

ANCHORAGE, Alaska- A moose buried by an avalanche on an Alaska mountain had its luck changed by three men passing on snowmobiles.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the three Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents spotted the animal's snout sticking out of the snow and used shovels to free the moose.

Marty Mobley, Rob Uphus and Avery Vunichich were on at outing Sunday at Hatcher Pass about 55 miles northeast of Anchorage when they passed a small hillside that had both ski and moose tracks.

When they returned an hour later, an avalanche had covered the tracks.

Mobley says he saw something move in the debris and it turned out to be a snout, not a skier.

After 10 minutes of digging, the moose stood up, towered over its rescuers and ran off.

TME And that punk flying squirrel was nowhere to be found.

Sitcom psychiatry

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey- 'Seinfeld' may have been a show about nothing, but a psychiatry professor is using it for much more than that.

Medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey are learning about psychiatric disorders through Dr. Anthony Tobia's 'Psy-feld' teaching tool, NJ.com reports.

Tobia has created a database of teaching points from all the show's episodes. Third- and fourth-year medical students are assigned to watch two episodes a week and then gather to discuss the psychopathology demonstrated on each.

'You have a very diverse group of personality traits that are maladaptive on the individual level,' Tobia said. 'When you get these friends together the dynamic is such that it literally creates a plot: Jerry's obsessive compulsive traits combined with Kramer's schizoid traits, with Elaine's inability to forge meaningful relationships and with George being egocentric.'

His diagnosis of Newman? 'Very sick.'

TME They must have a field day with Frank Costanza.

Pretty in pink

MANSFIELD, Ohio- Police in north-central Ohio say they're looking for a robber with an eye-catching weapon _ a pink stun gun that was brandished at two stores in two days.

The Mansfield News Journal reports someone wearing a ski mask and a leather jacket took money from a convenience store cash register while threatening a clerk with the stun gun early Tuesday. The next day, a similar robbery was attempted at a dollar store in Mansfield, which is roughly halfway between Cleveland and Columbus.

No one was hurt.

Police aren't releasing many details of the alleged crimes but believe the same man is responsible in both cases.

TME Everyone knows that accessories make the armed robber.

Tomato, potato

PORTLAND, Ore.- An Oregon seed company is offering gardeners potatoes and tomatoes in one plant.

The Territorial Seed Company in Cottage Grove calls it 'Ketchup `n' Fries.'

The Oregonian reports the plant was developed in the United Kingdom.

The seed company says since potatoes and tomatoes are fairly closely related, they graft well together. It's not genetic engineering.

Gardeners can harvest a double crop of red cherry tomatoes and white potatoes from the plant also called a TomTato.

TME Let's call the whole thing off.

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