Odd News-- November 5, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The lights on the Empire State Building will be blue tonight. New York's iconic skyscraper was bathed in red and blue last night, as the nation's votes were counted. Officials promise to light the tower in light signifying the election winner, blue for Barack Obama or red for John McCain. Had the results been too close to call, the red-blue light split would have stayed. By the way, the first election lighting on the Empire State Building signaled Franklin D. Roosevelt's win in 1932.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - There won't be a sewage treatment plant named after President Bush. Voters in San Francisco have rejected Proposition R. It would have poked some fun at the outgoing president, by renaming the Oceanside waste water treatment facility the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. Some critics said the name change wasn't fair -- to the hard-working sewage plant. The White House never did comment on the ballot measure.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It may have been an omen. Some voters on the south side of Columbus, Ohio, cast their ballots at the Barack Recreation Center. But it's not named for President-elect Barack Obama. The rec center was dedicated in 1964 in honor of a former city recreation director. While the name is spelled the same, the rec center is actually pronounced BAYR'-ihk. Precinct presiding judge Hattie Harris says voting went smoothly at the rec center. She adds lines weren't nearly as long as they were in 2004.

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (AP) - At age 73, Ken Mink is still scoring. He's the senior member of the Roane State Community College basketball team. He scored two points in a game this week against the King College junior varsity. Mink's team went on to win 93-42. Mink is a full-time student at the Tennessee school. He played college ball more than 50 years ago. But Mink was booted off the team and kicked out of school when someone soaped-up the coach's office. He still says he had nothing to do with the long-ago prank. In Monday night's game, Mink got on the court with about 16 minutes left. The senior citizen scored his two points on free throws after he was fouled.

UNDATED (AP) - So, someone's mooching your milk from the office fridge. Or maybe your lunch has been looted. What do you do? Lots of people will vent their anger in a Post-it note -- with lots of exclamation points. But Kerry Miller says sometimes a blizzard of notes will backfire. Miller is the author of "Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings." Miller says people think writing a note is the polite thing to do. Like the time someone left an unsigned note that a young woman's attire was inappropriate for the office. But Miller says often anonymous notes will just add fuel to keep a dispute burning.

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) - Police charge she huffed and she puffed -- and she got busted. Officers in Forrest City, Arkansas, say they received a complaint about a woman "huffing" on a can of compressed air. According to authorities, Kathy K. Sweet was in a car at a Wal-Mart and was slow to respond to officers. When police took her can away, officers say she asked for it back -- so she could finish getting high. Sweet didn't get her can, but she did get a trip to the cooler. Sweet was booked for public intoxication and later released.

by Jamie Friar

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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