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Cold-water jumpers continue New Year's tradition
MILWAUKEE (AP) - It's an interesting way to bring in the new year all right. At least half a dozen bikers in Michigan braved chunks of floating ice and rode into a partly frozen Lake Michigan on New Year's Day. The ice almost shut down the event near Milwaukee's south side. The organizer says he and some others spent nearly two hours trying to break up the ice so no one would be hurt biking in. This is the third year he has organized a group of bicyclists who plunge into the lake at noon on New Year's Day.
Green buildings set for Oklahoma city
GUYMON, Okla. (AP) - Guymon, Oklahoma, could get two new green buildings. Not green in color, green as in environmentally friendly. An architect says the new fire station and animal shelter would have systems for harvesting rain water and recycling water used in washing bays. Plans also call for the buildings to use natural light and ventilation and passive heating and cooling systems. Local resources and materials will be used in the construction. The building designer says he presented preliminary drawings to city officials last month.
Minnesota man recognized as oldest living with Down syndrome
WASECA, Minn. (AP) - An 80-year-old Minnesota man has the record for being the oldest known person with Down syndrome. Bert Holbrook lives in a group home with several other residents. According to Guinness World Records, the previous oldest person with Down syndrome on record was a man in Great Britain, who died in 2007 at
68. Life spans of people with Down syndrome typically don't exceed
Wild horses give wild ride in Vienna
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - A scenic tour turned into an adventure for a woman and her two small daughters in downtown Vienna, Austria. A team of unruly horses took them on a wild ride, leaving their drunken coachman behind. Police say two horses pulling a traditional Viennese carriage broke away, and threw the coachman to the ground as his passengers were about to get out. The horses trotted over a bridge over the Danube River, scraping two cars and hitting another before they finally stopped. Police say the woman and her children weren't hurt. The coachman is charged with driving under the influence after a breath test at the scene.
Portland: Largest US city with openly gay mayor
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - Portland, Oregon, is now the largest city in the U.S. with an openly gay mayor. Sam Adams was sworn into office yesterday. He won the job seven months ago in a primary race. He got 58 percent of the vote so a runoff election wasn't needed. None of his opponents said anything about him being gay. He says it shows how fair-minded Portlanders are that it wasn't an issue.
Eggs served cold on Detroit-area freeway
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - State troopers in Michigan say it was not an egg-zemplary bit of driving. Traffic on eastbound Interstate 94 in Ypsilanti Townships was halted until just after the new year rang in Thursday when a tractor-trailer crashed and spilled its load of eggs. Trooper Jim Smiley says the driver fell asleep and his rig hit a guardrail and a bridge support beam that tore the trailer open and spilled hundreds of cartons of eggs along a 300-foot stretch of I-94. Single-digit temperatures made for a frozen mess that Smiley says was scraped up by front-end loaders and put in dump trucks. Road workers then spread sand and salt on all three lanes. Smiley says police planned to ticket the driver.
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