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September 26, 2012

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Asleep on the job

HILLSBORO, Ore. - Sheriff's deputies responding to a burglary call say they found a 20-year-old man asleep on the kitchen floor of a home in Oregon.

The Washington County sheriff's office says the homeowner discovered the sleeping stranger early Friday. Deputies arrived to find Cristian Villarreal-Castillo, who had in his pockets small electronic devices believed to be stolen from unlocked vehicles.

Deputies say many items in the home in the Rock Creek neighborhood of Hillsboro had been ransacked in an apparent attempt to find valuables. They believe Villarreal-Castillo entered the home through an unlocked door and was in the process of gathering items when he fell asleep.

He is charged with burglary, attempted theft, trespassing and criminal mischief. Investigators also linked him to a burglary that happened a few hours before his arrest.

TME There has been no word on the temperature of the porridge or softness of the beds.

Because she's worth it

ATLANTA - A jeweler in metro Atlanta is adding some bang to the bling.

Under a new promotion, customers who buy a diamond worth $2,499 or more from D. Geller and Son will get a voucher for a free hunting rifle.

Owner Mike Geller told WSB-TV that he got the idea after seeing a similar offer at a Missouri car dealership. He said many of his customers are hunters.

Geller's stores are not handing out rifles at the counter. Customers must go to a local gun dealer to redeem the voucher and follow all laws governing the purchase of firearms.

TME The number of shotgun weddings is going to go through the roof.

A condiment conundrum

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - West Des Moines school board members have opted to spend nearly $100,000 extra to upgrade flooring at the new Valley High School cafeteria because the polished concrete that had been planned can't withstand mustard stains.

The Des Moines Register reports that board members voted Friday to upgrade to a vinyl tile that will resist mustard and other stains.

Although board members approved the extra expense, they clearly weren't happy about the matter.

As board member Jill Hansen put it, 'It would be cheaper to ban mustard.'

Workers made the discovery after testing the floor's resistance to mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and a fruit drink.

TME Worth it at any cost; a sandwich without mustard is like a day without sunshine.

Tubby tabby

RICHARDSON, Texas - Don't be fooled by the name: Skinny the cat is one hefty feline. And all 41 pounds of her needs a home.

A Dallas-area animal shelter has cared for the 5-year-old orange tabby since getting a call about a stray in a yard about a week ago.

Kim Chapin with Richardson Animal Services said Friday that Skinny's 'very sweet' - and the largest cat she's seen in 21 years with the shelter.

Not surprising. U.S. government growth charts show Skinny weighs about as much as the average 4-year-old child.

Chapin says Skinny appears healthy except for being overweight and likely having diabetes. Blood tests have been ordered.

Chapin says somebody apparently had been caring for the cat but officials aren't sure who owned the huge kitty.

TME The cat also displays an affinity for lasagna and an active distaste for Mondays.

The future of America

YPSILANTI, Mich. - A sleeping Eastern Michigan University student may have been too tired to stay awake in class, but found the energy to report his professor for waking him up with a kick.

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes tells the student was asleep in a 3 p.m. class in Pray-Harrold Hall on Monday, with his legs stretched out and a hat pulled down over his eyes.

The student told police the professor kicked him in the feet to wake him up.

Heighes says the professor at the Ypsilanti school told police 'he believed the student was sleeping and asked him to wake up.'

Heighes says the investigation is closed because the student does not want to press charges. He simply wants to change into a different class.

TME The kid's just lucky he wasn't snoring. Snoring gets you a tasin'.

Detroit Hop City

DETROIT - Organizers say they believe they've chalked up a new world record in Detroit.

Several groups set out to create the world's largest hopscotch course in the city on Saturday.

They invited artists, community leaders, children, families and businesses to come out and chalk up 22,720 feet worth of Detroit's sidewalks.

That's a 4.2-mile course, which would be good for a new world record. says the results are being submitted to for validation.

Guinness World Records says the longest hopscotch game until now was 3.4 miles set last year in Eden Mills, Ontario.

Organizers say their idea is to bring people together in the city and encourage community, play, imagination and the creative use of design.

TME Next up, the world's largest tetherball!


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