October 3, 2013
Naked And Scared Has Turned Into Semi-Clothed & Spooky
Pennsylvania (AP) A Halloween attraction’s heavily publicized plan to allow guests to go through one of its haunted houses in the buff was revised Thursday amid opposition from local officials in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Shocktoberfest, a popular seasonal attraction outside Reading, promoted the ``Naked and Scared Challenge’’ as a way for thrill-seekers 18 and over to, um, expose their fears and phobias by wandering through a haunted house completely nude.
But owner Pat Konopelski said officials in nearby Spring Township and Sinking Spring borough told him they weren’t comfortable with it. So, for now, he has agreed to require guests to wear underwear. Konopelski got a public gathering permit in May, but told him that allowing guests to go nude was a significant change to his original application and that he couldn’t do it without first getting the township’s approval. Konopelski said he hopes to work it out with municipal officials and offer an all-nude option in 2014.
Man Convicted After Police Find Pot-Scented Cash
Santa Rosa, CA (AP) A Northern California jury has convicted a man of being in possession of money from a pot deal after police discovered the marijuana-scented cash, but no drugs, in his car’s trunk.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that a jury on Friday convicted William David Bush in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Police testimony during the trial indicated the smell of pot from the cash inside Bush’s black Mercedes-Benz was extremely strong.
Officers say pot-scented money is a common occurrence in big marijuana deals.
Bush, who represented himself, testified that the money had come from his ATM business, and that his mother had given it to him.
He faces a maximum sentence of four years in jail.
Chinese Doctor Builds New Nose On Man’s Forehead
Beijing (AP) A surgeon in China says he has constructed an extra nose out of a man’s rib cartilage and implanted it under the skin of his forehead to prepare for a transplant in probably the first operation of its kind.
Surgeon Guo Zhihui at Fujian Medical University Union Hospital in China’s southeastern province of Fujian spent nine months cultivating the graft for a 22-year-old man whose nose was damaged.
The striking images of the implant with the nostril section facing diagonally upward on the left side of the man’s forehead drew widespread publicity after they began to circulate in Chinese media this week. Guo plans to cut the nose from the forehead while leaving a section of skin still connected, and then rotate and graft it into position in a later operation.
``We were just interested in helping the man and did not expect it would stir up this much attention,’’ Guo said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press.
Surgeons previously have used cartilage to help rebuild noses in their proper position and are experimenting with growing new ones from stem cells on other parts of the body, such as a forearm. But this was the first known case of building a nose on a forehead. The patient lost part of his nose in an accident in August 2012 and did not immediately have any reconstruction surgery because he couldn’t afford it, Guo said. An infection later ate away much of his nose cartilage, he said.
Jewels ON French Mountain May Be From Plane Crash
Paris (AP) A French mountain climber stumbled upon a case of dozens of cut jewels, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars‚ believed to be debris from one of two Air India crashes decades ago, police said.
Police commander Sylvain Merly of France’s Savoie region said the experienced Mont Blanc climber, who asked to stay anonymous, found the box marked “Made in India” while scaling one of the peak’s glaciers and turned it in on Sept. 9.
Authorities hope to find someone connected with its owner, who is presumed to have been a passenger on one of the two jets that crashed in 1950 or 1966.
Merly said Thursday the metal box, slightly smaller than a shoe box, was filled with small bags of loose jewels, mostly emeralds and sapphires.
Merly said debris from the Air India crashes regularly rises to the surface on Mont Blanc.
Just Another Drug Text Sent To The Po Po
Sparta, NJ (AP) Authorities say a New Jersey man mistakenly sent a text message to a police detective to set up a drug sale and now faces charges.
Authorities say a detective received the text message on his new cellphone Friday night. The sender had said he had a quarter pound of marijuana for sale and wanted to meet at a pizza parlor.
Nicholas Delear Jr., of Sussex, met later that night with an undercover police officer but fled when he became suspicious. Police soon stopped his vehicle, but the 33-year-old Delear refused to consent to his vehicle being searched.
Authorities obtained a warrant after a police dog detected drugs in the vehicle. They found four plastic bags containing marijuana and other paraphernalia.
Quack! Wisconsin Bill Would
Legalize Duck Races
Madison, WI (AP) A Wisconsin lawmaker is introducing a bill, no pun intended, that would legalize duck races.
Well, not real ducks but the plastic ones with numbers on the bottom. Nonprofit organizations commonly race the little plastic ducks as fundraisers. Participants usually buy a raffle ticket corresponding with a duck’s number.
The first to float across the finish line wins.
State Rep. Andre Jacque circulated a proposal Thursday to legalize the races. He says the village of Mishicot was warned by the Wisconsin Department of Justice that its annual rubber duck race amounts to illegal gambling.
Jacque’s bill creates an exemption for duck races, similar to laws in Minnesota and Michigan.
Rubber duck races in Wisconsin include the “Ducktona 500” in Sheboygan Falls and the “Lucky Ducky Derby” in Menomonee Falls.
Abandoned Gold Bars
Need To Be Claimed
Berlin (AP) Attention all passengers: could the person who left a stash of gold bars and a pile of banknotes in the luggage deposit at Cologne’s main railway station kindly contact German police?
That was the appeal that police in the western German city issued Friday for information to track down the owner of the several kilos (pounds) of gold and a six-figure sum of euros in cash.
The stash was found in April in a luggage locker at the station, a major European transport hub.
Police said they’re going public after being unable to link the haul to any crime and hearing nothing from any legitimate owner.
Whoever the owner is shouldn’t leave it too much longer. Police say that if nobody comes forward, the stash will be sold.