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June 13, 2012

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Happy graduataion!

SPRING CREEK, Nev. - Students at a northeastern Nevada high school were surprised when they received their diplomas: the word 'graduation' was misspelled as 'graduataion.'

Spring Creek High Principal Keith Walz told the Elko Daily Free Press that the misspelling on about 200 diplomas ordered from the Salt Lake City company Jostens was an 'inadvertent mistake.'

Jostens spokesman Bryan Durfey acknowledges the company was responsible for the mistake, and says corrected diplomas already have been sent by priority mail directly to graduates.

He says the company realizes it isn't going to be perfect, and its policy is to fix errors immediately.

The school will not be charged for the extra diplomas.

In a similar incident, diplomas at a Maryland high school are being reprinted because they contained a misspelling of the word 'program.'

TME Evrywon noes speling dusn't mattur.

Hokey pokey hordes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - People will put their right feet in and out and then shake them all about by the thousands on a Hudson River pedestrian bridge.

The non-profit group that runs the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie will attempt to break a Guinness World Record on Saturday morning for the longest line of people performing the hokey pokey.

A line of at least 2,351 dancers will be required to perform the hokey pokey nonstop for at least five minutes in order to break the record.

Organizers hope for a line of more than 2,500 people stretching longer than a mile across the bridge.

TME That's what it's all about.

We've all got baggage

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police say a 50-year-old Oregon woman is in trouble because of her relationship baggage - but it's not the emotional kind.

Kola J. McGrath was arrested Monday for trespassing after workers at her boyfriend's downtown Portland apartment complex discovered the man was sneaking her into the building by hiding her in a large rolling suitcase. She was banned from the building last year for breaking a fire extinguisher case during an argument.

The Oregonian reports McGrath is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 96 pounds.

Police were notified when a caller reported a man had kidnapped a woman, placed her in a pink suitcase and taken her to the apartment building.

Officers then searched 52-year-old Curtis T. Lowe's apartment and found McGrath hiding in a closet.

TME Giant pink suitcase, eh? At least they were subtle about it.

Respecting the Stars and Stripes

MANCHESTER, Conn. - Manchester, Conn., police are investigating the theft of an American flag from a man in a chicken suit.

The Hartford Courant reports that Eric Didio was waving the flag and dancing outside a newly renovated Boston Market restaurant Wednesday as part of his job, when a man jumped from a car, grabbed the flag and took off.

A customer who witnessed the theft called police.

The newspaper reports that the dispatcher had a hard time relaying the call to officers, breaking into laughter while trying to say 'chicken suit.'

Nathan Atwood, the restaurant's general manager, says he stood beside the 23-year-old Didio for the rest of his shift to provide security.

No arrests have been made.

TME That man is a true American hero.

Somnambulistic shenanigans

NEW LONDON, Conn. - A Connecticut man accused of attempting to rob a woman at knifepoint in an elevator at the Mohegan Sun casino says he was sleepwalking at the time.

Attorney Nicholas D'Amato told a judge Wednesday that he plans to use a medical defense for Winston Riley based on that claim, the Norwich Bulletin reported in Thursday's editions.

The Bridgeport man was arrested on March 18 after the woman told police he had flashed a large knife and tried to grab her purse while the two were alone in a parking garage elevator, police said.

Riley said he was awakened by the woman when she ran away in confusion and fright, D'Amato said.

The lawyer said he's confirmed with Riley's family that the 27-year-old has had a problem with sleepwalking since he was a child. The lawyer said he's in the early stages of gathering medical records in his attempt to convince prosecutors they should take the claim seriously.

'It is the first time we've encountered this,' D'Amato said. 'This is a legitimate medical condition.'

TME At least he's a sleep-mugger and not a sleep-murderer.

Just another day at Wal-Mart

WARWICK, R.I. - Mental health officials are evaluating a man who was taken into custody after running naked through the aisles of Rhode Island Wal-Mart store, swimming a river and sprinting across a highway in Warwick.

The Providence Journal reports that workers in the store at the Rhode Island Mall called police at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to report that a naked man was running through the store, yelling incoherently.

Police say the man, believed to be in his 30s, ran from the store, swam across the Pawtuxet River and was captured after running back and forth across Interstate 295.

He was taken to Kent County Hospital for evaluation. Authorities say they are still trying to determine who he is, because he wasn't carrying identification.

TME In lieu of a joke, please re-read the last line.

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