We need a hero
ATLANTA - A masked man and his wife who dress in superhero costumes say they’re trying to fight crime by patrolling the streets of an Atlanta neighborhood.
The man, who calls himself the Crimson Fist, says he feels like a superhero when he dons his mask and patrols the streets with his wife, Meta Data.
He tells WAGA-TV that he prepares himself for the dangers of the streets, carries handcuffs and wears a “stun device” that wraps around his knuckles. He checks for car break-ins, cleans up litter and alerts police to suspicious activity in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Atlanta.
Hop to it!
SEATTLE - Some Seattle residents are getting out and hopping with their neighbors.
They stenciled a 1.8-mile-long hopscotch course on sidewalks through the Central District, and they invited folks to head out Saturday and hop the route. A number of community events were planned along the way.
Also scheduled: an attempt to break the world record for most people hopscotching at once. According to Guinness World Records, the existing record is 358 and was set in London in 2011.
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Three members of a Michigan city council have abstained from voting on a measure that would have prevented them from abstaining on future votes.
AnnArbor.com reports that Ypsilanti City Council member Pete Murdock proposed a resolution Tuesday that would have required council members to only vote “yes” or “no” on each issue unless they had a financial or professional conflict.
What a crappy exhibit
MILWAUKEE - An exhibit traveling to the Milwaukee Public Museum this fall concentrates on something few like to talk in depth about: poop.
The exhibit is called “Scoop on Poop” and it’s based on a popular children’s book by the same name.
It gives visitors an idea of what poop is and how animals and humans use it. It features artifacts, models and interactive exhibits.
SEATTLE - Sheriff’s deputies say a man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation, and cutting power to thousands of people.
Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief following the incident Friday. A voice mail message left at a phone listing for the 51-year-old was not immediately returned.
Life’s rich pageant – with gerbils
BEDFORD, Massachusetts - The American Gerbil Society’s annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to Bedford, Massachusetts, this weekend for a chance to win “top gerbil.”
The competition called for agility demonstrations in which the gerbils must overcome obstacles and race to the end of a course. Breeders of the small animals vie for coveted ribbons based on body type and agility.
Party of the century
SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. - A Tampa Bay-area community is looking for more centenarians to try and break a world record.
The chamber of commerce in Sun City Center is hosting a Centenarian Birthday Party on March 27. South Bay Hospital is organizing the event and hopes to break the record for the largest gathering of people 100 years old and older.
The hospital’s spokeswoman tells The Tampa Tribune that the current record of 28 was set in the United Kingdom during a 2009 tea party.
SALEM, Ore. - A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror’s chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial.
The juror, it seemed, was texting.
Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler.
According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions.
Jurors in Oregon are given explicit instructions at the outset of each trial not to use cellphones in court.
Walking the walk
IONIA, Mich. - A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction.
The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com report Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court. It states that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt.
HELENA, Mont. - A Montana man whose 12-year-old golden retriever ate five $100 bills hopes to be reimbursed by the federal government.
Wayne Klinkel tells the Independent Record that his dog Sundance ate the bills while he and his wife were on a road trip to visit their daughter.
Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog’s droppings, and his daughter recovered more when snow melted.
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