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Fired coach holding party at Oregon Hooters PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:47

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Ore.-area middle school football coach who was fired for planning an awards party at a Hooters restaurant says he's going ahead with the event without school backing.

And Hooters says it will pick up the bill Saturday and make a donation to the Corbett Middle School boosters club.

The district's athletic director fired Randall Burbach this week and withdrew its support for an event at Hooters, where waitresses wear shorts and tight shirts.

The first-year volunteer coach refused to move the after-season party to another location because Hooters is where the boys wanted to go and he believes it's a family restaurant.

KGW reports (http://bit.ly/HtYeBU ) the Jantzen Beach Hooters is picking up the tab and donating $1,000 plus 20 percent of Saturday sales to the school's boosters club.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/


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California man skydives on 100th birthday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 07:39

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute.

The retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday Monday by doing just that.

Jean Walcher of the U.S. Parachute Association says Maynard and his two great nephews made their first skydive along with trained instructors from 13,000 feet southeast of Los Angeles.

Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Maynard obtained a doctor's note before making the jump.

Maynard's daughter Linda Hironimus says her father's friends made arrangements for him to skydive after he said he always wanted to try it.

Maynard, who hails from Nebraska, lives in Palm Desert.


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Ohio man pops the question with pumpkins PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2013 10:25

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man got into the Halloween spirit by crafting a clever marriage proposal for his girlfriend.

Zach Stoddard of Dayton used five carved pumpkins strategically placed on the side of a hill to pop the question to his girlfriend of three years, Lauren Brenneman. When the illuminated pumpkins were uncovered, they showed the words "Will You Marry Me?"

Brenneman said "yes," much to the delight of the hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night for a popular neighborhood event called the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow.

Organizers tell The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1aFJhWp ) that the proposal was a first for the annual event, which featured hundreds of carved pumpkins lighting up the night. It ended Thursday.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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Officials: Pumpkins apparently filled with cocaine PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 01 November 2013 06:35

MONTREAL (AP) — Canada's border services agency says it has stumbled upon a different kind of Halloween surprise in some pumpkins this year.

Authorities believe three pumpkins found in a woman's luggage at the Trudeau International Airport in Montreal airport on Thursday were stuffed with approximately 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine.

Scanning equipment had detected masses inside the pumpkins. Those masses turned out to be bags filled with the chalky substance.

A border agency spokeswoman was not able to say where the passenger was coming from or whether she was a Canadian citizen.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have taken over the investigation.


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Florida police: Cellphone stops bullet fired by robber PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 06:17

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber's bullet.

Winter Garden Police said in an email that a clerk had just minor injuries after a robber fired a bullet at his abdomen. Police say his cellphone stopped it.

The close call happened Monday at 4:45 a.m. in Winter Garden, a suburb of Orlando.

A man entered the gas station and asked a clerk for help. Then he showed the worker a revolver and demanded he open the safe.

When the clerk couldn't open the safe, the robber ordered a second clerk to try. He was also unsuccessful.

The suspect fired a round at one of the clerks and fled.

Police say the worker had no idea the bullet had hit his cellphone until he pulled it out of his shirt pocket.


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