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February 6, 2014

Romance Sizzles At Bacon Fest As Couples Marry

Des Moines, IA (AP) Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend’s bacon festival at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Tricia Snider and Tom Watson were the first to wed Saturday at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, the Des Moines Register reported. Craig and April Rouch got married a short while later.

Watson and Snider say they figured the bacon festival was the perfect location to exchange vows because they enjoy bacon together every weekend.

The 47-year-old Watson said his 41-year-old bride is nearly the No. 1 love in his life.

“She’s second only to bacon,” Watson said.

They exchanged vows about staying together “in good times and bacon,” but for the most part they kept their ceremony traditional.

Afterward, a cake topped with a bacon-strip bride and groom awaited the couple and their guests.

Before Watson, Snider and their guests got to the reception, and the pork loins Watson had wrapped with bacon and smoked, they spent time touring the exhibit halls at the festival.

Maine Police Investigating Screams Find One Happy Pig

China, ME (AP) Police responding to reports of screaming coming from a home in Maine didn’t find a victim of domestic violence as they feared. Instead, they found an amorous pig.

State police say a woman called last week after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a neighbor’s home in the town of China. The caller said she heard screaming and thought there was a domestic assault.

The Morning Sentinel reports that four state troopers responded and talked to the neighbor.

The neighbor explained that she raises pigs and the screaming was coming from an overjoyed male pig that had been placed in a pen with five sows in heat.

Police say there was no assault and no disturbance “other than the screaming male pig.”

Puerto Rican Boxer Given Fitting Send Off

San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) Even in death, Christopher Rivera Amaro almost looked ready to box, leaning against the corner of a simulated ring.

Mourners who came to his wake in San Juan on Friday found him posed afoot, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses glasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.

Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin Funeral Home, said Rivera’s family wanted to stress his boxing. The funeral home suggested posing him in a ring.

The makeshift ring was set up in a community center of a public housing complex. Rodriguez told The Associated Press it took them several hours to create the scene.

The funeral home has staged similar wakes for others. One featured a deceased man riding his motorcycle.

The 23-year-old Rivera had a 5-15 record in the 130-pound weight class. Police said he was shot dead Sunday in the city of Santurce. No one has been arrested.

FAA Grounds Drone Beer Delivery - Thank Goodness

Minneapolis (AP) A craft brewer had a plan to deliver beer to thirsty ice fishing anglers on a Minnesota lake until the Federal Aviation Administration stepped in and grounded the idea.

Lakemaid Beer would deliver a 12-pack of its lager to anglers on central Minnesota’s Lake Mille Lacs using a drone. It would take orders using GPS coordinates.

Lakemaid president Jack Supple tested the idea on Lake Waconia and then posted a video on the brewer’s Facebook page. The Star Tribune says that’s when the FAA caught wind of the business plan and told Supple his commercial use of an unmanned aircraft isn’t permitted.

So for now, the company which brews its beer in Stevens Point, Wis., will deliver to retailers by land. Lakemaid’s promotional tagline is ``great fishermen need great beer.’’ It just won’t be delivered by air.

Fish Launcher Ensures Dramatic Eagle Photos

Leclaire, IA (AP) The photographers who line up at a Mississippi River lock to snap images of eagles are getting help from a man with a giant slingshot that flings dead fish into the open water.

Ken Kester, who built the contraption, calls it a “fish launcher.”

Kester sets up the slingshot at Lock and Dam 14, in Le Claire, Iowa. He told the Quad-City Times it can toss fish far out into the channel where the water is calmer.

“You have to get the fish out there a couple hundred feet, into that comfort zone for the eagles,” Kester said.

Jeff Harrison, a conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said flinging fish into the river is fine as long as the fish come from the local pool of water. Le Claire is 15 miles northeast of Davenport, on the Illinois border.

Photographers line the riverbank elbow-to-elbow on nice days to make images of the eagles, and the slingshot ensures more dramatic pictures.

Even though it doesn’t hurt the eagles to serve up fish, Harrison wonders about the ethics for the photographers.
“I don’t know if I agree with it,” he said. “Some of these photographs show up in some pretty big magazines, and they are more or less staged.”

And Kester, who works in the railroad industry but considers photography a serious hobby, said there are limits to his invention. Recently, after a couple hours of flinging fish, the eagles stopped grabbing them.

“I think they got full,” he said.

Riders Who Vomit In Columbus Cabs Will Have To Pay

Columbus, OH (AP) Taxi cab drivers in Columbus are tired of cleaning up after drunk people who vomit in their vehicles.

Now the hurling passengers will have to pay.

A new city rule allows taxi drivers to tack on a $50 fee to fares who soil their vehicles, requiring the driver to leave the road and clean up.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that drivers hope the fee, which went into effect at the end of 2013, will serve as a deterrent.

The rule says drunken passengers who soil cabs ``with bodily fluids or solids’’ can be charged as long as drivers post a sign and verbally explain the fee.

Drivers must assess the fee at the end of the ride. If a passenger refuses to pay, the driver can call police.

Woman Gives 3 Illinois Waitresses $5,000 Each

Rockford, IL (AP) Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.

The owner of the Boone County Family Restaurant in Caledonia, Matt Nebiu, said business was slow Saturday when the customer handed checks to 25-year-old Amy Sabani, 23-year-old Sarah Seckinger and 28-year-old Amber Kariolich.

Sabani told the Rockford Register Star she first thought her check was for $500. But on closer inspection she saw its actual value and refused to take it.

Sabani said the woman told the waitresses to use the money for school and “everything else in life.”

Seckinger says a last semester to earn her associate degree in criminal justice was too expensive, but she will now return to school.

 

 


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