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June 12, 2013

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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. 

 

Video aired by WAGA shows him and his wife on their rounds, checking cars and visiting with residents. 

TME Nothing like a little light vigilantism

Wookie mistake

DENVER - Not even Chewbacca and his light saber get a free pass with airport security before being cleared to travel. 

Transportation Security Administration agents in Denver briefly stopped 'Star Wars' franchise actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight with a cane shaped like one of science-fiction saga's most iconic weapons. 

Airport officials say they wanted to inspect the huge walking stick before allowing Mayhew, who is more than 7 feet tall, on the plane. 

Mayhew tweeted 'Giant man need giant cane' from his verified Twitter account when the incident happened June 3. He also posted photos showing a TSA agent holding the replica laser sword, which comes up to his chest. 

Many subsequent media reports made it seem as though security officials buckled to pressure from Chewie's fans in allowing the actor to board the flight to Dallas with the cane, but officials say that characterization is inaccurate. 

There was no word on whether agents were initially suspicious that Chewie had a weapon more commonly associated with other 'Star Wars' characters, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Yoda. 

Attempts to contact Mayhew, 69, for comment - or roar - were not immediately successful. 

TME No word on whether the TSA currently has Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

Boo Boo begins

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - People in Steamboat Springs are being asked to lock their car doors to help save a young bear who's already learned how to open them. 

Steamboat Springs Today reported Thursday that there have been multiple reports of bears getting into vehicles. At least some of them involve a yearling wildlife officials are trying to avoid trapping. 

Recently, the young bear climbed through the open sliding window of a pickup truck to get food left inside. Then wildlife officials believe it returned a few days later to the same property and opened the doors of at least three vehicles in the driveway. It didn't find any food and only left a muddy footprint on a door. 

Officials believe it's the first year the bear is foraging for food. 

TME Who knew that Jellystone Park is in Colorado?

Blast from the past

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - A city commission has agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search an old New Mexico landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried. 

The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the Alamogordo commission moved last week to allow Fuel Industries, a company with offices in Ontario, Canada and Los Angeles, to search the landfill for games. One sought game, the E.T. video game, is known by some gamers as one of the worst video games of all time. 

Atari paid Steven Spielberg tens of millions of dollars to license the E.T. name, and the dud of a game caused the troubled company's worth to sink even farther at the time. 

Alamogordo Commissioner Jason Baldwin admits to having played the E.T. game and says that, indeed, it was horrible. 

TME One man's trash is another man's epically terrible video game.

Have a nice summer!

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. - Officials at a small school district in upstate New York say an 'honest mistake' led to students being identified in the yearbook as 'Creepy smile kid' and 'Some tall guy.' 

The labels appear in photo captions of the high school yearbook at Hoosick Valley, a rural district 20 miles northeast of Albany. 

Acting Superintendent Amy Goodell tells the Troy Record that a 'non-intentional, honest mistake' resulted in some members of the track and field team being labeled with made-up names such as 'Isolation kid.' Several students were identified simply as 'Someone.' 

Goodell says corrections are being made and the parents of students whose names weren't published correctly have been contacted. 

The high school has about 380 students, with a graduating class of fewer than 100. 

TME Mine would have been 'Stupid hair fat dude.'

Meanwhile, in Arizona

PAULDEN, Ariz. - A unique 9-foot gargoyle statue in northern Arizona is drawing fire, not for its size, but for the gargoyle's large genitalia. 

Yavapai County officials for days have been pressing Louis Smith to remove statue from his five-acre property following neighbor complaints. Lynn Chaplin, county land use specialist, tells the Prescott Daily Courier that the statue in altering 'the character of the neighborhood.' 

If Smith didn't remove the statue or 'screen it in,' Chaplin said, he'd be fined $100 plus a $1,000 sanction, although he could also apply for a use permit for the statue. 

But Smith said the county is violating his constitutional right to freedom of expression. His said the statue, created by his son, is a 'statement of individuality' and it's not going anywhere. 

'When I look at the neighborhood out there, I find people who do not want to live with an HOA (Home Owners' Association),' Smith said. 'There are people who want to do artwork...and they don't want the county to be looking down their neck.'

TME We may not know art, but we know what we like - visible gargoyle naughty bits. 

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