Odd News -- December 5, 2008

NFL-3D
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NFL -- in 3-D! Theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles carried the first NFL game broadcast in 3-D, last night's game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. But there were some glitches in the satellite transmission that had fans pulling of their 3-D glasses at times. The league hasn't decided what it's going to do with the 3-D technology. But some viewers had a complaint -- not enough cheerleaders. While the broadcast was in 3-D, the game was rather one-dimensional. San Diego beat Oakland 34-7.

AIRPORT KARAOKE
HOUSTON (AP) - Your plane is late? Or maybe the airline has lost your luggage? Well, you can still sing a happy tune, even if you are a frustrated traveler. At least in Houston. The Bush International Airport is setting up karaoke booths. The musical distraction is just in time for the holiday travel rush. Caroline Schneider is assistant airport manager for customer service. She says they have a lot of rookie travelers this time of year. So, they might want to sing while they wait. This won't be "American Idol" on the tarmac. But Schneider says the traveling vocalists will be given small prizes.

BAR SEX
HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) - It was quite a show -- and now the Spare Time Bar has to pay. A young man and woman are charged with having
sex in the bar with the patrons watching. The Hankinson, N.D. City Council has ordered the Spare Time to close for two weeks and serve
two years probation. The frisky patrons are charged with fornicating in public. Authorities say the impromptu sex show lasted for a-half hour, with many bar patrons capturing the action on their cell phone cams. Bar owner Roger Boutain asked city leaders to go easy because he wasn't in the bar at the time. He says he's also fired the bartender.

SEX EMPORIUM
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Sex shop or grocery store? That's the choice the owner of an adult video store in Olympia, Wash., is giving local officials. The owner of Desire Video (Levi Bussanich) says he wants to open a grocery store on the site, but needs a wetlands waiver for the development. If he doesn't get the permit, the businessman says he'll expand into a sex emporium, with strippers and simulated sex shows.

SPEED CAMERA ATTACKED
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Lots of people can't stand those automated speed cameras. But an Arizona man is charged with acting out his anger -- with a pickax. Authorities say Travis Munroe Townsend attacked a speed camera recently installed along a Phoenix-area freeway. According to state police, a motorcycle officer heard loud banging noises and saw a man swinging at the camera with a pick. Officials say the camera wasn't damaged. But it will need a new protective cover. Townsend now faces a number of charges, including causing felony damage.

NECKTIE KIDS
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Seven-year-old Wyatt Carson is a fashion trend-setter. His dad bought him a tie, which he started wearing to school. Soon, some other boys wanted to look sharp, too. Now, they're wearing ties. Wyatt's mom, Amy McVey, says she thought her son was kidding when he said he wanted to wear a tie like dad. She says Wyatt didn't want a clip-on either, but a real tie. Wyatt's not through with being a sartorial sensation at the Pinckney School in Lawrence, Kan. McVey tells the Journal-World newspaper Wyatt has new fashion accessory -- a bow tie.

by Jamie Friar

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


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