Monday, November 10, 2008

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Armless thief steals TV
Police in Germany are hunting a thief with no arms who managed to walk out of a shop with a 24-inch TV.
Two accomplices used clamps to fix the TV to his body before helping him out of the store in Munich, Germany.
Staff did not realize what had happened until they noticed a TV was missing from its stand and looked back at CCTV recordings.
A police spokesman said: "Staff only knew about the theft after they saw one of the display TVs had been taken off its stand.
"It's hard to believe that the sight of an armless man walking along with a TV clamped to his body did not get anyone's attention."
Tickets have mayor facing state court date
The mayor of Lilly, Pa., may soon appear before the state Supreme Court for allegedly using a police officer's name to issue three tickets, a prosecutor says.
Cambria County District Attorney Patrick T. Kiniry said he plans on appealing Cambria County President Judge Gerard Long's decision to throw out charges against Lilly Mayor John C. Gides regarding the ill-advised tickets.
Kiniry said the mayor acted inappropriately when he allegedly used a police officer's name and badge number to write three tickets while covering patrol duty for the sick officer.
Strippers might need to pay more to get naked
Now even fees to work as strippers might be going up.
Palm Beach County officials plan to ask commissioners to raise the fee people pay for an Adult Entertainer Work Identification Card.
Suggested price hike: $25 to as much as $100.
The reason: The extra dough would help the public safety department, which is having a hard time operating after recent budget cuts, he said.
The county issues about 1,000 cards each year.
But dancers never have to renew the card so the fee increase would only apply to new strippers.
Nonetheless, existing dancers took offense at the idea.
Jennifer Fragala, a dancer at T's Lounge Gentleman's Club, said dancers don't make much now.
Seems the bad economy has hurt the booty-shakin business.
More cockroaches expected in Florida
Florida researchers say a hissing cockroach that grows as big as 5 inches inadvertently could be released in the state and, if so, would thrive.
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is one of four species of roach readily available on the Internet to lizard owners who purchase them illegally, said Phil Hoehler, an entomologist with the University of Florida.
Roaches are a good replacement for crickets as reptile food because they are less expensive and don't smell as bad as crickets.
The Turkestan cockroach, lobster roach and the orange spotted roach also are potential invaders, though they have yet to be spotted, Koehler warned pest-control operators in a recent magazine article.
"This is not good news for anybody," said Hoehler, noting where there are cockroaches, there will be escapes and Florida has the perfect climate for them.

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