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Weird National Briefs - 09/10/14

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Wild wedlock

MIAMI - A couple exchanged marriage vows atop a Miami hotel before rappelling down the high-rise building along with hundreds of others for a charity fundraiser.

Melissa Lopez and Chris Cruz won a contest to rappel down the JW Marriott Marquis. Before the couple said 'I do' on Friday, dozens of others rappelled down the building, including Emmy Award-winner Joe Morton from the TV show 'Scandal.'

The event was opened to the general public Saturday for people who raised at least $1,500. It was arranged to benefit Miami Children's Initiative, an organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty in Miami's impoverished Liberty City neighborhood.

TME Thus giving a whole new meaning to the term 'taking the plunge.'

Poking the dragon

SAN ANTONIO- Texas veterinarians have turned to acupuncture to treat the aching joints of a Komodo dragon at the San Antonio Zoo.

The San Antonio Express News reports the 20-year-old reptile named Bubba has received the treatment the past several weeks to treat degenerative bone disease in both knees. The zoo's senior veterinarian says the dragon is receiving acupuncture in addition to traditional medicine to ease his movement.

Bubba's treatments are weekly and last about 15-20 minutes. The vets use both traditional acupuncture as well as electroacupuncture, which sends electric pulses through the needles. The treatments are designed to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.

It's unclear how long the zoo will continue the sessions.

TME Apparently the aromatherapy didn't take.

Doggone it!

PORTLAND, Ore.- The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital.

It was something he ate!

X-rays showed a stomach full of 'a large quantity of foreign material.' Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer - the dog had consumed 43 1/2 socks.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history, The Oregonian reported.

So strange that the hospital entered last February's tale, complete with X-rays, in an annual contest sponsored by the vet magazine, Veterinary Practice News, and won a prize. Fittingly enough, the contest is called 'They Ate WHAT?'

Even stranger? The $1,500 first place winner was a Plano, Texas, animal hospital that treated an exotic frog that ate more than 30 small ornamental rocks from its cage.

The DoveLewis entry summary says the Great Dane was discharged home a day after surgery. Harch says the owners aren't available for comment but she confirms the dog is alive. No word on what he's eaten lately.

TME That really socks.

The wheels on the bus

LAKE WALES, Fla.- Authorities say three central Florida teens stole a school bus, picked up other students and went on a joy ride.

Police say the teens took the bus Sunday night after finding it parked at Lake Wales High School with the keys inside. They're charged with grand theft auto and trespassing on school property.

The incident was captured on the bus's video system.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports the investigation began Tuesday when a routine inspection of the bus showed gas was missing and 180 extra miles were registered on the odometer since the driver parked it.

Police say the teen's covered three of four cameras on the bus. The images of two teens were captured and the name of the third was mentioned. High school staff member identified them.

TME Bus-ted!

Arts and crafts

CHICOPEE, Mass.- A Massachusetts state trooper noticed something a little odd about the license plate she spotted on a car on Interstate 391 in Chicopee.

Upon closer inspection, there was a lot odd about it.

The 'license plate' on the car pulled over at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday was actually just a piece of cardboard. In a poor attempt to replicate a real Massachusetts license plate, the letters and numbers were crudely drawn with a red marker.

The word 'Massachusetts' and the phrase 'The Spirit of America' were written in the appropriate places in blue pen.

The 20-year-old woman driving the vehicle was charged with driving with a suspended license and attaching false plates.

TME That license plate is going right up on the refrigerator.

There goes the neighborhood

IOWA CITY, Iowa- An Iowa City man has been charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill his neighbor over music.

KWWL-TV reports 63-year-old Terrill Wiges was arrested Monday. Iowa City police charged him with assault while using a weapon and going armed with intent.

Witnesses say Wiges threatened to kill the neighbor because of music he was playing. They say Wiges held a knife to the victim's throat and asked him if he was ready to die.

It's unclear what type of music was playing or how loud it was.

Wiges is being held at the Johnson County jail. Online jail records didn't indicate bond or an attorney.

TME It was clearly Nickelback.

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