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Weird National Briefs - February 26th, 2014

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Spellbound

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Missouri students who went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the annual Jackson County spelling bee aren't quite finished after event organizers ran out of words for the contest.

The Kansas City Star reports 25 students started the championship round Saturday, but only two remained after 19 rounds.

From there, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman of Lee's Summit and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader from Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the national bee, as well as 20 others plucked from the dictionary.

At about 2 p.m. - five hours after the contest started - bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary and instead decided to continue the competition March 8 at an undetermined library location.

TME Someone test those kids for PEDs.

Fast food fracas

INDIANA, Pa. - Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a woman who got charged up over a wrong order at Burger King ended up with a charge filed against her.

State police say 22-year-old Heather Naomi Smith called 911 on Friday after receiving the wrong food at the fast-food restaurant in White Township.

The Indiana Gazette reports that while Smith waited for police, she allegedly got out of her car in the drive-through lane and started yelling.

Police say Smith's threatening behavior caused public alarm, and they charged her with disorderly conduct. She could not be reached for comment.

Police say Smith is also wanted on outstanding charges in South Carolina. No further details were available Saturday morning.

TME You don't even want to know what she did to that South Carolina waffle house.

Game of thrones

PIERRE, S.D. - People are once again racing homemade, mobile outhouses in a western South Dakota event known as the Nemo 500.

Co-founder Troy Saye says a small crowd of around 100 turned out the first year, despite snowy conditions. The event has drawn as many 1,100 people in recent years, and he expects about a dozen teams will take part in the eighth annual race this year.

Saye says other teams this year are hoping to dethrone last year's winner, a group of teachers from Mission calling themselves 'Plunger Games.'

Proceeds will go to the Naja Shriners Kids Transportation Fund. There is a raffle as well as silent and live auctions.

The event takes place Saturday at the Nemo Guest Ranch northwest of Rapid City.

TME It might be the only race in the world where number two beats number one.

Dank donation

SUGARCREEK, Pa. - An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet.

Sugarcreek Borough police say they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes.

Police Chief Matt Carlson tells the (Oil City) Derrick he suspects the owner of the drugs has noticed them missing by now, if only because the bag contained a 'substantial quantity' of pot.

Police were working with store employees to determine who donated the clothes and when. Police say the drugs were found earlier this week.

The chief says this isn't the first time officers have investigated an unusual item among donated clothing saying, 'we've had guns ... cash ... rings, and now marijuana.'

TME Sounds like the setup for a Cheech and Chong comeback vehicle.

Rental recrimination

PICKENS, S.C. - The owner of a now-closed video store in Pickens has decided to withdraw a larceny charge against a woman accused of failing to return a movie in 2005.

Pickens County sheriff's deputies said the owner decided to not pursue the charge because of the media attention that 27-year-old Kayla Michelle Finley's arrest received.

Finley rented the movie 'Monster-in-Law' from Dalton Videos nearly a decade ago. The owner took out a warrant against Finley, and she was arrested last week when she was at the sheriff's office for something else and the warrant was found. Finley spent the night in jail before she was released.

Working phone numbers for Finley and the defunct store's owner could not be found.

TME Isn't the world knowing that she kept 'Monster-in-Law' for nine years punishment enough?

Need a moment?

MILFORD, Iowa - An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

According to state unemployment records released last month, Robert McKevitt, 27, of Spirit Lake, was working at Polaris Industries' warehouse in Milford when the incident occurred last fall.

McKevitt wanted some candy, so he deposited $1 in a vending machine for a 90-cent Twix candy bar, The Des Moines Register reported. But the candy bar got snagged on a hook and wouldn't fall.

He banged it and rocked it, but that didn't work.

The state records said McKevitt then commandeered a forklift, picked up the machine at least six times and dropped it about two feet onto the concrete floor. Three candy bars fell.

McKevitt was fired five days later.

McKevitt told the newspaper recently that he never lifted and dropped the vending machine but did use the forklift to move the machine back in place.

'That machine was trouble,' McKevitt said. 'They fired me, and now I hear they have all new vending machines there.'

TME This man is an American hero.

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