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October 30, 2014

Custom Urns Courtesy Of Company’s 3-D Printer

Eden Prairie, MN (AP) A Minnesota startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold.

The Eden Prairie-based Foreverence offers urns that are made with a ceramic material that looks different than the plastic material typically produced by a 3-D printer. The process takes nearly an entire day, starting with about nine hours of printing, and then followed by several hours of touchups, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Each urn is unique and can take the form of just about anything, including ballet slippers, cars and instruments.

``I’m fascinated by the endless possibilities,’’ company CEO Pete Saari said.

It has even made an urn shaped like the signature hats worn by rock band Devo when co-founder Bob Casale died earlier this year. Foreverence offered Casale’s family the urn and ended up making two for them. Casale’s family told the company that it was ``the first joyous moment in a dark period of time for them,’’ Saari said.

``We want funeral directors to keep conversations focused on legacy,’’ said Saari, whose privately held company launched five months ago. ``What was important to the deceased? What was symbolic of a life, a dream, the pursuit of a passion?’’

The urn is created by a ceramic-composite material that’s fed into the 3-D printer in a powdered form. Its shape gradually takes form with coloring that bonds each layer together, and staff members put the final touches on the urns.

Policeman Who Asked To Smell Woman’s Feet Arrested

Houston (AP) Houston-area authorities say they believe a school district police officer who pulled over a motorist and then asked to smell her feet may have made similar demands of others.

Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn is charged with two counts of “official oppression.” He’s free on $2,000 bond.

The Harris County district attorney’s office says Quinn stopped the woman in August and said he found marijuana paraphernalia. Authorities say Quinn told her he has a foot fetish and would release her if she let him smell her feet.

He later said he wouldn’t need to smell them if she gave him her underwear. Investigators say he then changed his mind and let her go.

Quinn has been suspended by the Cypress-Fairbanks school district.

A call to his attorney wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.

Dancing Priests Become Internet Sensation

Rome (AP) A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at the North American College, the elite American seminary up the hill from the Vatican.

Rider warmed up the crowd with a lively tap-dance routine, only to be pushed aside by Gibson’s fast-footed Irish dance. Soon they were battling it out, trying to impress the crowd.

At the back of the room, journalist Joan Lewis recorded the event and later posted on YouTube.

Their Internet success has drawn comparisons to Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who won the Italian edition of “The Voice” in June with a series of unadorned pop song performances, in full habit. Her first album features a cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

As with Scuccia, the priests’ online popularity was tinged with criticism. Some commentators wrote that the priests shouldn’t have been dancing under a crucifix and a painting of Pope Francis, calling it “disrespectful.”

“We would just refer them to the Bible,” Rider says, “where the Lord tells us to live with joy.”

Norway TV On Tenterhooks, Impending Rockslide

Helsinki (AP) Norway, which provided TV viewers with five hours of knitting live, showing a fire burning itself out and minute-by-minute salmon fishing, has found a new attraction - a rockslide on a mountain.

But no one knows when it will happen.

For days, local media have focused webcams on the isolated, rubbly mountainside of Mannen in western Norway. National broadcaster NRK is streaming it live on its website.

Last week, 11 people were evacuated from the area, now declared a no-go zone.

Webcams cannot guarantee a good show. It might happen at night, and daytime viewing could be hampered by thick rain and mist.

As darkness fell on Tuesday, a tiny rockslide lasting 15 seconds was the big news of the day.

Man Claims To Be Denzel Washington During Arrest

Murfreesboro, TN (AP) A Tennessee man being arrested on charges of illegal marijuana possession told police he was Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington.

Officers told 21-year-old Justin Lee Seay of Memphis he wasn’t fooling anyone - and quickly found that he had violated his probation on a separate case.

The Daily News Journal reported that police arrested Seay on Monday night after responding to a complaint of noise at his apartment.

While being arrested, police say, Seay declared he was Washington. His real identity surfaced after police booked him.
Officers say they found several bags of marijuana inside the apartment.

Seay was being held in the Rutherford County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney.

Regretful California Robber Returns Cash

Eureka, CA (AP) Police in Northern California say a man robbed a gas station only to return hours later to give the money back and apologize.

Eureka Police Sgt. Steve Watson said Sunday that 23-year-old Cyle Warren Abbott Jr. told officers he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start, but then realized his mistake.

Watson says Abbott first entered the gas station demanding cash with what the clerk believed was a semi-automatic handgun.

He says the clerk gave Abbott some cash, and Abbott left, also taking two bottles of beer.

Watson says three hours later Abbott returned, giving back most of the cash and saying he was sorry. He says the weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which officers haven’t found.

Abbott was booked into jail on $50,000 bail.

Iowa Residents Create Halloween Hay Bale Art

Chariton, IA (AP) Residents in a southern Iowa county have been creating works of art from hay bales for Halloween.

Lucas County’s annual hay bale art contest features more than 30 entries in three towns this year. The roadside pieces include a large gray and white cat, a caterpillar famed for its hunger, and a character from the Disney movie “Cars.”

Lyle Asell, committee chair for the three-year-old contest, says the pieces boost tourism. Visitors have been spotted snapping photos of them and chatting with their creators.

Asell says people were skeptical of the contest in its first year, but that the number of entries continues to grow.

Members of the community vote for their favorite pieces, which have been on display for more than a month. The winners will be announced Saturday.

Man Claims To Be Denzel Washington During Arrest

Murfreesboro, TN (AP) A Tennessee man being arrested on charges of illegal marijuana possession told police he was Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington.

Officers told 21-year-old Justin Lee Seay of Memphis he wasn’t fooling anyone - and quickly found that he had violated his probation on a separate case.

The Daily News Journal reported that police arrested Seay on Monday night after responding to a complaint of noise at his apartment.

While being arrested, police say, Seay declared he was Washington. His real identity surfaced after police booked him.

Officers say they found several bags of marijuana inside the apartment.

Seay was being held in the Rutherford County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney.

 

 

 


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