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Odd News Febuary 16, 2010

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


OLYMPICS-CANADA'S NEW HERO

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - They're calling him
"Alexandre the Great." Alexandre Bilodeau (BIHL'-oh-doh) is
Canada's new hero. Bilodeau ended what some called the Olympic
curse by winning Canada's first gold medal on home turf -- or
rather home snow. His victory in the moguls is also bringing some
fringe benefits. The prime minster called with congratulations.
There are plans to issue commemorative coins and stamps in his
honor. And the 22-year-old Bilodeau is even getting marriage
proposals on Twitter.

OLYMPICS-PREGNANT CANADIAN

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Curling while in a family way
runs in Kristie Moore's family. The alternate on the Canadian
Olympic curling team is five and a-half months pregnant. Her mother
was a curler too and was on the ice while pregnant with both Moore
and her older brother, Chad. She even played until a week before
Chad was born. Yesterday, Moore was taking her turns throwing
stones with the rest of the Canadian team during practice. She says
she's feeling great. Moore doesn't know if she'll have a boy or
girl. She just says she hopes it's a curler.

UNCLAIMED JACKPOT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Luck hasn't run out for the holder of a
winning Indiana lottery ticket. Lottery officials had said the $2.5
million jackpot would expire last Friday. But they miscalculated
the date by three days. So, lottery officials have decided to
extend the deadline until next Monday. That winning ticket had been
sold at a Meijer convenience store on the south side of
Indianapolis for the Aug. 19 drawing. But the double dose of good
luck will turn into a pumpkin -- if that winning ticket isn't
turned in by 5 p.m. Monday.

VALENTINE'S ARRESTS

BALTIMORE (AP) - A Valentine's Day sting is a sweet success for
deputies in Maryland. Deputies posed as workers for "Keystone
Candigrams" as they served warrants. The Anne Arundel County
sheriff's office reports making 15 busts. Authorities contacted
suspects to set up a time for a "gift" delivery on Sunday.
Deputies showed up with candy boxes decorated with handcuffs and
the scales of justice.

SPEEDY SLEDS

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - William Krueger is making fast work of recycling. He's producing speedy sleds out of scraps of recycled plastic. The Traverse City, Mich. man uses material leftover from his job at a banner and sign company. The result is ReSled. An
adult size sells for $20. Krueger tells a local paper
(Record-Eagle) he got the idea when some friends planned a sledding
party and he couldn't find an inexpensive one.

BALLOON PARACHUTIST

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - A man in Southern California is in hot
water -- over a hot air balloon stunt. Authorities report a man in
his mid-20's parachuted from the Great Park Balloon ride in Orange
County. The balloon had risen to more than 300 feet when the man
climbed over the gondola's net enclosure. Irvine city spokesman
Craig Reem says the guy had a hidden parachute. He floated to the
ground, hopped a fence and got into a waiting car. Reem says the
stunt was dangerous and could be a violation of federal air safety
law.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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