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Hundreds to don shades in record-setting attempt PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 07:23

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — If it's March, it must be time to try to set another arcane world record in Grand Rapids.

Gilda's LaughFest organizers in the past three years have overseen record-setting attempts for donning false mustaches, wearing chicken beaks and tossing rubber chickens.

The fourth annual festival of laughter kicks off Thursday with an effort to set a new world record for the most people wearing sunglasses at night. Participants are to be given official bright yellow LaughFest sunglasses.

Guinness World Records says the current mark was set in July 2012 by 1,642 people at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Gilda's LaughFest will run through March 16. It honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

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Girl Scout cookies bought with phony dough PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:54

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Officials in Southern California say someone has been buying Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit cash.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has released photos of a woman entering and leaving a grocery store who they say is a person of interest in the case of the phony dough. The photos show a young woman with long black hair, jeans, sneakers and a black hooded sweatshirt. No names or other identifying details have been released.

Police in Lake Elsinore learned last week that someone had bought Girl Scout cookies outside a grocery store with counterfeit currency, and were looking for a suspect who had not been seen since.


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Dove nixes 'Armpit of America' billboard in New Jersey PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Dove is scrapping its plans to run a billboard in New Jersey that tells residents to embrace being called "The Armpit of America."

Unilever, the brand's parent company, says the billboard featuring the well-known dig at the Garden State will not run this summer after all.

The news of the billboard sparked complaints after the New York Times published a story about it last week. The article included an image planned for the billboard, which featured a woman in a white tank top raising an arm behind her head to expose an armpit.

The text read, "Dear New Jersey, When people call you 'The Armpit of America,' take it as a compliment. Sincerely, Dove."

The ad was intended to promote a new line of Dove deodorants.


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Minnesota farmer creates granddaddy of a snowman PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 03 March 2014 15:43

GILMAN, Minn. (AP) — A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.

Greg Novak says he's invested hundreds of hours to build a 50-foot snowman named "Granddaddy" that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums. And he admits it has some neighbors questioning his sanity.

Granddaddy began to take shape earlier this winter when the Gilman farmer needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses.

"As long as you're moving it, might as well do something practical with it," Novak said.

Friends and family pitched in to help with Granddaddy, or to do farm chores while Novak worked on building the snowman. Novak used skid loaders to pile snow and a silage blower to direct snow into stacked cylinders, the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1krGcSc ) reported.

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Massachuesetts man's speeding excuse? I won the lottery! PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 15:25

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

It turns out Thursday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe's lucky day in more ways than one. The officer who pulled him over in Hingham (HING'-um) issued a verbal warning and urged him to drive safely.

Lowe, of Rockland, told the officer he was speeding because he had won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and was on his way to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to collect his winnings.

WCVB-TV (http://bit.ly/1crD2Wu ) reports that police say Lowe was shaking, and showed the officer his winning ticket.

After the warning, he went on his way and claimed his prize.

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Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com


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